The Rivian R1T and R1S Will Have a Drift Mode

Photo credit: Rivian - Twitter
Photo credit: Rivian - Twitter

From Road & Track

Rivan's R1T pickup and R1S SUV are two of the most highly anticipated American vehicles for 2021. With good designs, impressive specs, and heavy backing from Ford and Amazon, there's a good chance the two trucks could take a massive share of the EV market. While going sideways isn't exactly an important feature for sales volume, Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe is making sure both cars have a well-tuned drift mode for maximum fun.

A video posted to Twitter earlier this week shows Scaringe wheeling an R1T pre-production prototype across a massive frozen tundra somewhere in Baudette, Minnesota. In the clip, Scaringe explains the team is developing traction control systems for some of its more "fun" drive settings, including a drift mode. In pictures released by the company earlier this month, we get a better view of exactly how sideways the team is getting:

Early Rivian adopters won't have to wait long to get their trucks. First deliveries of the R1T and R1S Launch Editions are set to arrive in summer 2021. They'll be able to go over 300 miles on a charge, and sprint to 60 mph in three seconds flat thanks to four individual electric motors. Pricing starts at $75,000 for the pickup, and $77,500 for the SUV.

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