It's like a motor boat on four wheels.

Swim Lesson

A recently surfaced video shows a Tesla Model 3 surging through deep flood waters reportedly in China's Henan province, an area hard hit by historic floods this month. The vehicle can be seen spraying water high, but faring a whole lot better than the stalled gas-powered vehicles nearby.

The vehicle's rear wheel drive appears to allow the Model 3 to actually motor its way through the water, like an overpowered paddle boat — a striking feat for a somewhat water resistant electric vehicle, though it's unclear whether the vehicle suffered long term damage.


Boat Ride

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has bragged in the past that the company's other best-selling sedan, the Model S, can swim.

"We *def* don’t recommended this, but Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time," he tweeted back in 2016. "Thrust via wheel rotation."

Tesla's Gigafactory in Shanghai actually tests its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles by simulating a flooded street, as Teslarati reports. That's because China regularly experiences typhoons that can cause severe flooding.

Despite its swimming prowess, driving a Tesla through floodwaters is a really terrible idea. While a gas engine is far more likely to be flooded and break down almost instantly, there's no point in risking your electric vehicle for a little stunt either.

We also can't guarantee that such a stunt won't void any warranties with Tesla.

READ MORE: Crazy Tesla footage shows Model 3 attacking deep floodwaters in China [Teslarati]

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