Aptera Clearance Under The Body

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Aptera Community Aptera Discussions Aptera Clearance Under The Body

  • Aptera Clearance Under The Body

     Sonya Brown updated 3 weeks, 2 days ago 12 Members · 21 Posts
  • Sonya Brown

    Member
    July 14, 2022 at 11:34 am

    I’ve just joined the community and was wondering if the Aptera would scrape the crest of my driveway. I have a Model S that did until I activated the suspension to always raise when approaching driveway. Sure would be nice if that could be added to the Aptera. Or I’ll probably have to change my order to the off-road package.

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  • Y Z

    Member
    July 14, 2022 at 11:48 am

    The Aptera seems to have pretty generous clearance under it for the most part. There isn’t a bumper hanging down in front so that shouldn’t drag, and the body of the car overall is fairly high up for the most part.

  • Len Nowak

    Moderator
    July 14, 2022 at 11:48 am

    He heard recently they have improved the wheel covers and made it more robust…but haven’t heard the angle of approach and there appears to be a protective scuff segment in the front. Originally we were hearing 5”GC.

    As you know the angle of approach of the nosecone is amazing/much higher.

    I hope the upcoming Gamma reveal will touch on this as we all wait for fuller details as they race to production intent

    I have the Off Road kit in my reservation too but hope I will not need it . I love the aerodynamic look

    I hope that helps!

  • Jonathan Reni

    Member
    July 14, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Model S clearance is 4.6″. Aptera FAQ says that wheel pants clearance will be at least 5″ and the belly will likely be a bit higher. Considering the high nose of the Aptera, I’m guessing you wont have any clearance issues.

  • Thomas Bushaw

    Member
    July 14, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    A few months ago I did a little mock-up for my driveway. The dimensions and clearances were estimates (and have probably changed since then). The vulnerable point appears to be the trailing end of the front wheel pants. I think it will be okay, at least for my driveway.

  • Curtis Cibinel

    Member
    July 14, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    The safe angle of attack for the aptera is quite high since the distance between the tire and front of the wheel pants is very little compared to a traditional car. Aptera (red area is the latest) can seem to handle a ~16 degree approach angle and a model s can only handle about ~12. Aptera will not have any extra challenges with driveway crests and likely will have less issues.

  • John Trotter

    Moderator
    July 14, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    I still worry about the belly of the car itself. This questions comes up and everyone focusses on the wheel pants. I still think a vulnerability is the cresting of a sharp driveway top. The 6″ overall clearance on my Model Y was fine front and back, but reduced to “minus half inch” in the middle of the battery pan. 1K$ for grinding the concrete fixed it. I ordered Off-Road, just in case, but any clarification we get on that option always runs off into the wheel pants discussion. I am even more nervous because the last renders for the Gamma seemed to show an even longer, lower belly.

  • Markus Schmid

    Member
    July 14, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    On a webinar from May 2021 (video on YT channel “Aptera Reboot”) Nathan Armstrong talked of 5.75″ to 6″ ground clearance, quite the same as for “normal cars”. That would have been Aptera’s Alpha prototype.

    • John Trotter

      Moderator
      July 14, 2022 at 2:32 pm

      Actually, my “normal car” has 10 to 11 inch clearance. 6″ will not pass a sharp driveway crest. And the place it rubs will be soft “plastic”. Look around at the scuffs on speed bumps, (nominally 3 to 4 inches). When I ordered the car, a spec was given that belly clearance was 9 inches and Off-Road would add a couple inches. That works for me, but Nathan’s comment and Chris’ focus on the wheel pants, (along with an in-person look) makes me wonder if they are paying attention. Trust, but verify. Remember, California has all sorts of “low riders”, so “normal” in San Diego (or Fresno, my location) may not be what you think.

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      • Markus Schmid

        Member
        July 14, 2022 at 2:41 pm

        150 mm clearance for my old Ford Focus, nothing modified, never had a problem.

        As we see there seem to be many “normals” and sure, many Americans wouldn’t even consider calling Ford Focus a car… 🤣😉

      • John Trotter

        Moderator
        July 14, 2022 at 2:44 pm

        Looked tight when I had a chance to see it.

        • Marty Kursten

          Member
          July 14, 2022 at 4:28 pm

          From the looks of it the wheel skirts likely won’t have enough clearance when driving off a curbside…

        • James Gatan

          Member
          July 14, 2022 at 5:40 pm

          Looks like a PITA to reach the Schrader tire valves..

  • Peter Jorgensen

    Member
    July 14, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    The alpha vehicles had tons of belly clearance.
    The beta vehicles sit much lower and don’t have much clearance.

    Please keep this in mind…

    • Markus Schmid

      Member
      July 14, 2022 at 2:11 pm

      I didn’t grab that one, thanks!

      It shouldn’t matter in my case but might be important for other. Nonetheless I’m also eager to know the final dimensions, just out of curiosity.

    • John Trotter

      Moderator
      July 14, 2022 at 3:13 pm

      Peter. See my picture. I was laying on the floor and it did not look like tons.

      • Peter Jorgensen

        Member
        July 15, 2022 at 7:26 am

        In that case beta would be even lower.

  • Sonya Brown

    Member
    July 14, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    I was mainly concerned with the belly because unless I have my Model S raised to the highest suspension setting, the belly scrapes the crest in my driveway. Think I might get the off-road package to be on the safe side unless they offer an adjustable suspension. Seems like they kinda follow some of Tesla’s features 🤔

  • James Gatan

    Member
    July 14, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    I’ve measured the front air dam bumper clearance of my SkyActiv Mazda6 at 7”. Enough clearance to approach my steep driveway ramp without scraping the underside. Since the Aptera only has the stock wheel pant clearance of +/- 5”, I decided to pre ordered the Off Road Kit (8” clearance, if I’m not mistaken).

    I don’t mind the range hit with the lifted ORK. Besides, the difference from stock range (of the 400mi pack) will pretty much be a wash, with the Full Solar trickle charging I also pre ordered. The extra clearance too, will provide ample space/access for Schrader tire valve adjustments (plus will clear those tall pesky concrete parking stops, tall abrupt speed bumps, pot holes or any road imperfections encountered in Los Angeles streets).

    Imagine adjusting the tire pressures of your two fronts and single rear, with those stock low underside wheel pant clearances. You don’t even see a sliver of the wheel rims, at all.

    Hope I’m wrong. But I’d wager that it will be a royal PITA chore, just to reach the Schrader valves.

  • Dennis Swaney

    Member
    July 15, 2022 at 10:27 am

    With my cars, the driveway crest is not a concern, but the rolled curb to street interface was. The cars would hit either the driveway pavement going in or the street pavement going out. I figure it won’t be a problem with an Aptera since I solved the problem by getting the Bridg-It curb ramp.

  • Sonya Brown

    Member
    July 15, 2022 at 10:35 am

    Hmmmm, didn’t think about ramps. Have to look into. Thanks.

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