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Watch Rivian's "Tank Turn" Feature Spin Its R1T Electric Pickup Like a Top

The quad-motor setup on Rivian's upcoming truck and SUV enables it to spin in place.

Tesla isn't the only maker of electric vehicles with a flair for the dramatic—see the Cybertruck's circus-like debut, complete with stunts and stunts that didn't work—its up-and-coming rival, Rivian, just dropped a stunt of its own. On Christmas day, Rivian posted a video to its YouTube channel of a unique "Tank Turn" feature that it seemed to indicate would actually be included on next year's R1T pickup and R1S SUV. The feature had previously been mentioned, but this would mark its first official turn, pun intended, as being production-bound.

So, what is a "tank turn?" It's when a tracked vehicle, such as a tank, powers its tracks in opposite directions—one set of tracks go forward, the other backward—in order to spin in place. Rivian's R1T and R1S will both come with four electric motors, one per wheel; each motor is individually controlled, which Rivian says allows for unreal off-road capability and solid on-road handling. And that is where Rivian's Tank Turn trick comes in: By initiating the motors on one side to spin forwards and the motors on the opposite side to spin the other direction, Rivian has made it so that its new electric pickup and SUV can spin themselves around nearly on their own axes.

In the description field of the video it posted to YouTube, Rivian notes that the Tank Turn feature will be "Available on the R1T and R1S :)" That smiley face emoji, by the way, is Rivian's, not ours, but either way, the statement serves as a confirmation of sorts that this nifty trick is going into production. There are, of course, a few unknowns, namely how the spinning Tank Turn is initiated by the driver, and whether or not the maneuver can be/is recommended to be performed on high-friction surfaces such as pavement. Either way, watch the Rivian R1T perform the spin below, and don't hold your breath waiting to see a Jeep Wrangler (or Tesla's new Cybertruck) try and pull off something similar.