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The reason Tesla superfans first flocked to the iconic vehicle is its eco-friendly all-electric appeal. However, some of the marque’s drivers might miss the sound of a throaty, gas-powered accompaniment. Alas, a YouTube channel cataloged the experience of pairing a high-voltage Tesla EV with a faux exhaust system.

A Youtuber that goes by the handle SneakerheadinthebayVlogs did just that: add an exhaust system to a Tesla. Check it out in the video below. 

Adding an exhaust system to a Tesla

You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to know that Teslas don’t have the pipes that internal combustion engine-equipped vehicles use as part of their platforms. So, adding a traditional system from a donor car or aftermarket manufacturer is not going to work. However, the exhaust system in the video is a custom unit from Milltek that only creates the illusion of having an exhaust system. 

Once a speaker system is installed under the Tesla, the audio device is connected via a cell phone app. When it is turned on, it syncs to the vehicle to register throttle placement. Based on that connection, the system will simulate the sounds of a traditional gas-powered car.

The exhaust system provides an illusion

Tesla Model 3 | Tesla
Tesla Model 3 | Tesla

The speaker is housed in a housing that mimics the look of an exhaust system. However, this isn’t the only example of EV owners piping in synthetic soundtracks. In fact, Dodge’s upcoming Daytona SRT EV will produce tailpipe songs via a Fratzonic Chambered System.

It beats silence

2020 Tesla Model Y
2020 Tesla Model Y | Tesla

If the sound is not appealing enough to the Tesla driver, they can adjust it with an app. For instance, if the sound drones too much, the volume can be adjusted. Furthermore, a deep throaty warble can become more tin can-ish with a simple adjustment on the app.

The faux exhaust system even pops

A Tesla Model S is displayed during the London Motor and Tech Show at ExCel
The Tesla Model S | John Keeble/Getty Images

Milltek has been providing high-end exhaust systems since the 1980s. Suffice it to say they know exhaust systems pretty well. Consequently, the system even has a popping effect upon deceleration.

If a Tesla owner ever misses the throaty and rumbling sound of an exhaust note, there is a solution. The soundtrack might be as fake as professional wrestling, but it could keep the music alive. 


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