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Tesla X: biohazard setting and ‘falcon wing’ doors

Tesla Model X range brings a special biohazard air filter, futuristic looks, and a perfect crash test score

Tesla's Model X will protect against biohazard threats, including urban pollution.
Tesla's Model X will protect against biohazard threats, including urban pollution.

The full range of engineering feats on Tesla’s long-awaited Model X vehicle have been revealed to include a button to keep its inhabitants safe from biological weapon attacks and ‘falcon wing’ doors.

The high-efficiency particulate arrestance (HEPA) air filter is activated by an ominous biohazard button that sits nonchalantly alongside the air recirculation controls, and enable users to filter out everything from airbourne biological and chemical hazards to your more everyday urban pollution.

The car also features ‘falcon wing’ rear doors that sweep upwards and have sensors so that they won’t hit other cars and a huge windscreen that joins to the roof.

The car is also built to withstand big crashes, and Tesla said that the car is expected to be the first ever of its kind to get a perfect five stars in all of its crash tests.

Most cars of its size have trouble with those tests because they are tall and tend to roll over — but the huge, heavy battery that’s mounted on the bottom of the car means that it’s unlikely to roll over.

The Model X range cost up to $144,000 and Tesla hasn’t said how much the bottom model will cost, though Tesla intends to introduce a cheaper version by 2017.

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