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As others have stated, you can indeed drive like Jeff Gordon all you want. Some g1 owners have reported bearing wear possibly from spirited driving, but I don't think there is a 100% correlation between the two. With any car, drive it like a grandpa, it should last longer, drive it like you stole it, parts will wear faster.

Just remember, max regen doesn't necesarily buy you more range. If you are trying to achieve range, driving in Normal D, coasting like crazy, and avoiding regen will usually get you more ev range. Plus sport low doesn't really cause the car to go any faster. You can achieve the same dynamics by mashing the accelerator to the floor in D and pushing hard on the brakes when you let go of the accelerator. The friction brakes will not engage except for panic stops or at the very end of your regen. Sport L is fun for the driver, but your passengers may get car sick from the herky-jerky driving. But, it's a lot of fun. I love the feeling of flooring it and feeling the car go, and go, and go without any transmission shifts along the way.
 
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