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Omnious 07-20-2006 09:39 AM

2007 Tesla Roadster
 
http://www.autobloggreen.com/2006/07...-santa-monica/

[QUOTE]Tesla Motors unveiled their uber-chic Roadster, a supercharged electric vehicle that looks, feels and drives like many other high-end sports cars Wednesday night. The main difference is the noise. Powered by a 3-phase, 4-pole AC induction motor, the Roadster can go 130 mph and does 0-60 in about 4 seconds, all completely silent.

Tonight was the grand unveiling of the Roadster in a decorated airport hanger in Santa Monica, CA. I don't ride in many sports cars, and I certainly have never been in one that zips across an airport's tarmac without so much as a whisper. But tonight I got a quick ride in the Roadster and all I could hear from the passenger's seat (not even Gov. Schwarzenegger, who flew in for a brief look at the car, was allowed to drive it) was wind noise. And myself saying "Wow" under my breath.

The car is low to the ground, and smooth in all possible ways. But this vehicle isn't just a sports car. It's also a green car. There are zero tailpipe emissions. There isn't even a tailpipe. Tesla Motors is working to provide purchasers with a photovoltaic panel that will turn the driving experience into an actual net producer of energy, according to Tesla Motors chairman Elon Musk.

Tonight's unveiling was also an invitation to purchase the Roadster when it is released in mid-2007 (for about $80,000-$120,000). The company is offering the first 100 Tesla Roadsters as Signature models. Musk said that the people who buy the Signature cars will not only be getting an incredible sports car, but will be helping to pay the R&D costs for future Tesla Motor vehicles. And that's what tonight was really about: the future. Gadget, an L.A.-based mechanic who converts ICE cars to EV and was seen in the movie "Who Killed The Electric Car?", and that film's director Chris Paine, were right behind me in line for the test ride. Paine filmed the promo video for the Roadster that was projected onto the walls. Earlier in the evening, Tesla Motors CEO Martin Eberhard said that, "An electric sports car was the way to fundamentally change the way we drive in the USA." Gadget and Paine agreed

ImSoNastie 07-20-2006 01:16 PM

weres the fun withought the niose?

SWPLGT05 07-20-2006 01:49 PM

That thing is powered by 6800 laptop batteries. Hows that for re-purposing technology?

Omnious 07-20-2006 03:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ImSoNastie
weres the fun withought the niose?

:rolleyes: Just throw a lawnmower in the passenger seat and crank it when you accelerate.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SWPLGT05
That thing is powered by 6800 laptop batteries. Hows that for re-purposing technology?

:laugh: the way of the future...

Blue Bomber 07-20-2006 05:02 PM

Whoa, an NSX got it on with an Elise. :chuckles: Wonder how much all those batteries weigh...




SWPLGT05 07-20-2006 08:44 PM

Yea, i looked and i couldnt find the curb weight or any weight stats on the car anywhere. Which is kinda wierd if you ask me...

Nasty_impulse 07-21-2006 02:24 AM

WHile it would be a great car to have, when i purchase a sports car one of the things i like is a nice sounding engine and exhaust,and i sure thats one of the reasons why people choose certain exotic cars that have v10's or v8's because of the sound of them.

DiabloGTS2000 07-21-2006 07:36 AM

Would suck if there was a manufacturing defect, and those batteries exploded. Hopefully they aren't from Dell.

F35-JSF 07-22-2006 08:59 AM

It costs to freaking much.... :thumbdown

Motor 12-21-2007 11:22 PM

Tesla Motors raising another $40M to launch Roadster
 
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfranci...=et78&ana=e_du
Quote:

Tesla Motors Inc. is reportedly raising $40 million in new funds to help it get its electric Roadster to a limited amount of customers in the first quarter of 2008.

The San Carlos company's Chairman Elon Musk told the Earth2Tech online site that the money is coming from him and other current investors.

The company has already raised over $100 million in funding.

Musk said the money is needed to help overcome a snag in the car's transmission, requiring it to find a new supplier. The first cars are now expected to have an interim transmission, which the company will swap out for another transmission later.

Founder Martin Eberhard was replaced as CEO last month by Ze'ev Drori, the founder of Sunnyvale-based semiconductor chip maker Monolithic Memories Inc.
http://cache.jalopnik.com/cars/asset...a_Roadster.jpg

homeworld1031tx 12-21-2007 11:36 PM

they're really fvcking up that company, that car is doomed. there is no way they will break even if they needed to raise 140 million dollars. and why does it cost 40 million to help set up a new transmission in it? why could they possibly need that much money for something like that. i wouldn't be shocked at all if they eventually got sued by an angry customer who prepaid for a car they never will get.

Polykarb 12-22-2007 08:08 AM

I think they should hold out untill more Hybrids or alternative fuel vehicles are on the market.

The idea is awesome and all, just too early.

Automaton 12-22-2007 08:51 AM

when companies with connections to sources of funding raise money, they go all out. it won't take 40mil to swap a transmission but they will have money now for that and many other things.

I don't think they should delay production. this is the kind of car that can spark more interest in the technology.

although I do agree that 140 million just to ship out a handful of cars is retarded. hopefully they are just sitting on a big wad of cash and didn't actually spend it all.

Transcend 12-22-2007 11:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by homeworld1031tx
they're really fvcking up that company, that car is doomed. there is no way they will break even if they needed to raise 140 million dollars. and why does it cost 40 million to help set up a new transmission in it? why could they possibly need that much money for something like that. i wouldn't be shocked at all if they eventually got sued by an angry customer who prepaid for a car they never will get.

Your mind is too simple to understand "business" on that large of a scale.

Business in itself is a gamble, you're betting your own product(s) against your consumers sometimes even against their own will.

On the other hand it's really easy to raise 40 million or even 140 million in a matter of days. It's called the stock market, idiot. Companies IPO all the time and most of the time have the ability to raise up to billions of dollars in a matter of minutes.

homeworld1031tx 12-22-2007 11:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Transcend
Your mind is too simple to understand "business" on that large of a scale.

Business in itself is a gamble, you're betting your own product(s) against your consumers sometimes even against their own will.

On the other hand it's really easy to raise 40 million or even 140 million in a matter of days. It's called the stock market, idiot. Companies IPO all the time and most of the time have the ability to raise up to billions of dollars in a matter of minutes.

tesla motors is a private company. it isn't publically traded, so it can't raise money on the stock market. its finding 40 million dollars through venture capatlist investors. and no, it isn't 'really easy' to raise 140 million dollars in a matter of days. if you release shares into the market, people have to buy them. for people to buy them, they need a reason to think that the share value will increase even more through demand. demand is brought by having a good business plan or a business doing well. tesla is not doing well, and their business plan is definitely not bullet-proof. there is so way in hell tesla motors could give the general public a good enough reason for traders to dole out 140 million dollars to them. nice try though ;)

Transcend 12-22-2007 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by homeworld1031tx
tesla motors is a private company. it isn't publically traded, so it can't raise money on the stock market. its finding 40 million dollars through venture capatlist investors. and no, it isn't 'really easy' to raise 140 million dollars in a matter of days. if you release shares into the market, people have to buy them. for people to buy them, they need a reason to think that the share value will increase even more through demand. demand is brought by having a good business plan or a business doing well. tesla is not doing well, and their business plan is definitely not bullet-proof. there is so way in hell tesla motors could give the general public a good enough reason for traders to dole out 140 million dollars to them. nice try though ;)

They can always decide to go public, it's not a big deal at all. Happens all the time and they have enough smart people working for them to think of some good marketing campaigns. Investors will buy, that's not a problem at all- (actually most wall-street traders are kind of lacking in thinking sense). Like I said, they can raise all 140 mil within minutes of IPOing.

In essence, raising $40 mil privately is not too tough either, there's a lot of rich (car enthusiasts) out there, just look at the Spyker F1 team and Aston Martin deals that went on- all bought out by private guys too. I personally know of a lot of well-to-do individuals in NorCal that would love to have a chance to privately invest in a company like Tesla.

The__J__Factor 12-22-2007 01:57 PM

Interesting 0-100kms/h in 4 seconds and only 2 gears :AF:

must have insano low end torque and still revs to 13 000rpm and would probably do it all with out making any sounds, would be an interesting drive.

homeworld1031tx 12-22-2007 03:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Transcend
I personally know of a lot of well-to-do individuals in NorCal that would love to have a chance to privately invest in a company like Tesla.

i definitely believe this, as idiots tend to befriend idiots.

Transcend 12-22-2007 09:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by homeworld1031tx
i definitely believe this, as idiots tend to befriend idiots.

Please refer to the thread in OT in regards to "Stupid Americans". It's ok to hate and envy man, I forgive you for doing so.

marc 12-23-2007 12:11 PM

vaporware

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/cat...a-birth-watch/

jlitman 12-23-2007 01:27 PM

Base price $98,000 :faint:

Gas-n-Grease 12-03-2008 09:47 AM

Brabus Tesla
 
Quote:

World Debut at the Essen Motor Show 2008

The Very First Tuned Electric Car Comes From BRABUS:
BRABUS Customization Program for the Tesla Roadster

The first tuned electric car comes from BRABUS: The first project of the future cooperation between Tesla Motors, Inc. and the new BRABUS business division Zero Emission celebrates its world debut at the 2008 Essen Motor Show. BRABUS presents an exclusive customization program for the Tesla Roadster, the world’s first electrically powered production sports car.

The new BRABUS logo with added lightning bolt is the trademark of BRABUS Zero Emission vehicles.

To give the sports car a more exciting sound the BRABUS electronics specialists have developed a ‘space sound generator.’ The occupants on-board the Tesla Roadsters can choose from several simulated engine sounds including that of a typical V8 combustion engine, a racecar engine and two futuristic soundscapes named ‘Beam’ and ‘Warp.’ The volume of the sound is dependent on the momentary power output of the electric motor.

A custom-tailored BRABUS tire/wheel combination further improves handling characteristics. The two-seater is refined with weight-optimized BRABUS Monoblock S light-alloy wheels in size 7Jx18 in front and in size 8.5Jx19 in back. BRABUS technology partner Pirelli provides the corresponding P Zero Nero high-performance tires in size 215/35 ZR 18 in front and in size 255/30 ZR 19 on the rear axle. These tires were developed to deliver minimum rolling resistance.

The two-seater also receives an even more striking exterior at BRABUS. The customization measures include a special high-quality ‘matte white’ paintjob. To give the mid-engine sports car an even more enticing face the BRABUS designers treat the front apron to a lightweight carbon-fiber front lip and daytime running lights integrated into the front grille. Matte-white surrounds for the headlamps add interesting detail to the overall effect.

The sides of the Tesla are upgraded with BRABUS entrance lights shaped like futuristic space lights. They are activated with the keyless fob or by pulling on a door handle. BRABUS carbon-fiber air inlets add even more sporty flair. Immediately apparent in the rear are the BRABUS rear wing and the BRABUS rear diffuser, both made from light yet extremely strong carbon fiber. The round taillights are accentuated further by matte-white applications.

The BRABUS customization program for the Tesla Roadster also includes exclusive interior options. The range of products starts with scuff plates with illuminated BRABUS logo. They are integrated into the top of the rocker panels.

The company-own BRABUS upholstery shop masterfully handcrafts exquisite custom interiors for the Tesla. The designers chose a combination of especially soft yet durable BRABUS perforated lightweight leather and Alcantara. The cockpit features white seams to reflect the exterior color. The vehicle floor is also upholstered with lightweight leather for added exclusivity.

The goal of the BRABUS customization concept for the Tesla Roadster is to define a potential limited edition as well as an individual tuning program for the Tesla driver.
http://www.nextautos.com/files/image...tM.preview.jpg
http://www.nextautos.com/brabus-tune...#gallery-12070

Now with soundFX!

Boosted2.0 12-03-2008 10:09 AM

:rofl:

Thats hillarious! Its the BOV soundmaker times 100!

Blue Bomber 12-03-2008 05:04 PM

Good luck keeping matte white clean. :ugh:




Sty09 12-03-2008 05:21 PM

Perfect for the rich enviromentalist ricer. There's always something for every demographic.

GSBoek 12-05-2008 04:11 AM

I'll drive it in "warp" mode :laugh:

Motor 01-11-2009 07:16 PM

2009 Tesla Roadster Sport
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by PRESS RELEASE
Tesla Motors Introduces Roadster Sport

* Next-Generation Sports Car Has 15% More Peak Power and Delivers 0-60 Mph in 3.7 Seconds

Tesla Motors Inc. began taking orders today for the Roadster Sport, a high-performance sports car based on the world's leading all-electric, zero-emission vehicle.

The Roadster Sport does 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, compared with 3.9 seconds for the standard Roadster. It comes with a hand-wound stator and increased winding density for lower resistance and higher peak torque. In addition to Yokohama's Ultra High Performance tires, the Roadster Sport has improved suspension with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars that will be tuned to the driver's preference.

The Roadster Sport starts at $128,500 in the United States and €112,000 (excluding VAT) in Europe. Deliveries begin in late June.

"This car can beat nearly anything in its price class - yet it is twice as efficient as compact hybrid sedans," said Michael van der Sande, Tesla's senior vice president of global sales, service and marketing. "If you refuse to compromise on performance or the environment, the Roadster Sport is your only option."

The Roadster Sport is the first derivative of Tesla's proprietary, patented powertrain. San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla plans to begin producing the all-electric, zero-emission Model S five-passenger sedan in 2011.

Tesla has delivered more than 150 Roadsters to customers, and about 1,100 people are on the waiting list. Customers who haven't taken delivery may upgrade to the Roadster Sport.

"The Roadster Sport embodies Tesla's spirit of continuous improvement," said CEO, Chairman and Product Architect Elon Musk. "The Roadster has been a great success, but no one at this company remains satisfied with the status quo."

http://img.worldcarfans.com/2009/1/l...ster-sport.jpg

*cough* Nice Lotus. *cough*

Gas-n-Grease 01-11-2009 11:20 PM

^ lol
they keep on saying, "it's entirely different than the lotus due to the extensive chassis modifications".

Automaton 01-13-2009 01:17 PM

How many Tesla roadsters are currently on the streets?

silentchaos 01-13-2009 01:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PRESS RELEASE
Tesla has delivered more than 150 Roadsters to customers

right there

Motor 01-16-2009 07:38 PM

More
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog....sport_rend.jpg
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog....sport_rend.jpg
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog....sport_rend.jpg
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog....sport_rend.jpg

bt216 09-01-2009 05:05 PM

Tesla Roadster
 
http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/7...laroadster.jpg

http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/3602/tesla2.png

http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/8996/tesla.png

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/5842/tesla580.jpg

from edmunds.com....
"The 2009 Tesla Roadster is now for sale, and customers on the waiting list for this instant collector's item are starting to get the keys to their sporty little roadster. By now, you've probably heard of Tesla -- the startup electric car company brought to you by Silicon Valley rather than Detroit. And you might have heard rumblings that its Lotus Elise-based Roadster has been far from problem-free, with the most notable being a failed two-speed transmission that had to be replaced (including in those vehicles already sold) by this year's one-speed automatic. The company itself has had issues, from fired executives to shuttered dealerships. The future remains questionable for the Tesla Roadster, but for now, it remains an intriguing choice for wealthy, green-minded car buyers in search of a little fun.

Here are the important things to know. The Tesla Roadster is an all-electric car with a range of 227 miles under judicious driving (although as a sports car, that could be difficult to accomplish). Using Tesla's High Power Connector recharging device, it takes 3.5 hours to refill the lithium-ion batteries from near-empty. With only 2,750 pounds to lug about, the 240-horsepower electric motor provides a rush of seamless power, bringing the Roadster up to 60 mph in about 4 seconds. Plus, it does it with the eerie quietness of a Prius in all-electric mode.

Aside from going fast, the Tesla's Lotus-based chassis allows it to be one of the finest-handling automobiles you can buy. Thanks to the aft positioning of the electric motor and battery pack, the Roadster's weight distribution is even more rear-biased than the Elise's -- 35 percent front/65 percent rear, compared to 39/61 for the Lotus. The manual steering that is a pain at low parking speeds nevertheless contributes to excellent steering feel and control.

And then there are the environmental benefits. The Tesla Roadster produces no emissions on its own, though electricity produced by coal- or natural-gas-fired power plants obviously has associated emissions. Because of the Roadster's highly efficient nature, however, Tesla claims the associated carbon dioxide emissions would only be about a third of those for a popular hybrid car. Although if you have enough cash to buy a Tesla, why not make like Ed Begley and pony up for one of those home solar panel systems, too?

The 2009 Tesla Roadster has undeniable appeal, but there are some major drawbacks. Chiefly, its lofty asking price makes it attainable for only the most deep-pocketed buyers. And for them, the tiny spartan interior may not seem to befit a $100,000 car, not to mention the manual steering and the awkward entry and exit. The electric battery range should also be an issue since it makes road trips a near impossibility. However, every new technological road has to start somewhere, and with GM's EV1 long since forgotten/killed, the Tesla Roadster could very well become known as the electric car that really started it all. Or it'll be an interesting footnote in the history of the automobile, 2000-2050. Either way, it could be fun to have one in your multicar garage."



I'm considering one maybe in the future.

Discuss :eatpop:

rammerjammer7 09-01-2009 05:21 PM

These things are badass. I heard they tried to sell all their technology and patents to the Big 3 and none of them wanted it. I watched jay leno's review on one of these and he loved it. If that man loves a car it must be pretty awesome. Now all I need is 100K and i will have one.

bt216 09-01-2009 05:27 PM

^I have a feeling they will be coming down in price. There are already used ones going for 24k less then new on ebay.

vtjkychan 09-01-2009 05:39 PM

:drool:

Omnious 09-01-2009 06:25 PM

I want the Tesla Model S as my next family car:

http://www.boston.com/cars/newsandre...-609-front.jpg
http://www.boston.com/cars/newsandre...S-609-side.jpg
http://www.boston.com/cars/newsandre...lS-609-top.jpg

I'll get the roadster (or something of the like) when I hit middle-age. :chuckles:

7th Gen 09-01-2009 06:38 PM

looks like a mix between a else and a ferriari

marc 09-02-2009 06:14 AM

A) Repost

B) The car goes nowhere near its indicated speed, doesn't accelerate anywhere near its indicated acceleration features, and gets about half the advertised range.

C) The Model S is vaporware - does not exist. All hype.

Omnious 09-02-2009 10:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by marc (Post 4801233)
The Model S is vaporware - does not exist. All hype.

It's not in production now, but it will be released in 2011. You can even order one now: http://www.teslamotors.com/models/index.php

Carbonized_GT 09-03-2009 10:17 PM

I dont get all the hype behind the Tesla. For the performance it has, the 100k price tag is steep.

Electric cars are not the future.


Hydrogen will reign supreme.

phaqgm 09-04-2009 01:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by marc (Post 4801233)
B) The car goes nowhere near its indicated speed, doesn't accelerate anywhere near its indicated acceleration features, and gets about half the advertised range.

Have you driven one, or did you find a reputable article from geocities?

Somebody in my neighborhood owns one of these little roadsters. It's a beautiful car, and having been behind him on a metered on-ramp, I can tell you that it accelerates very quickly.

marc 09-04-2009 07:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by phaqgm (Post 4803239)
Have you driven one, or did you find a reputable article from geocities?

Somebody in my neighborhood owns one of these little roadsters. It's a beautiful car, and having been behind him on a metered on-ramp, I can tell you that it accelerates very quickly.

No, I've followed the saga on TTAC from the very beginning, including the split between Eberhard and Musk.

I've learned about how customers put down deposits, never got deliveries until years after they were promised a car, and how when they got their cars the range was half what was advertised, and how they were retrofitted with a one speed transmission which severely slowed the car down, since the multi-speed transmissions didn't work as advertised.

The same thing will happen with the model S sedan. Hype will be sold, it will fall on its face when delivered.

Motor 04-23-2010 09:30 AM

Tesla Roadster Sport vs. Lotus Elise SC
 
Tesla vs. Lotus - Racing
[QUOTE]Electric Boogaloo: A battle of electron orbits and benzene rings around a 30-second autocross course.

Yet the times are remarkably close. After five runs in each car, and then another two in each (to minimize the learning curve effect of both the cars and course), the best time differed by just 0.26 sec. (Lotus, 30.54; Tesla, 30.80) with the average times for each car being 31.18 and 31.45 sec., respectively.

Had the course been a little more open, the Tesla

GSBoek 04-23-2010 12:31 PM

Not bad for the Tesla, but at twice the cost I'd have to say no thanks.

DJ-of-E 04-23-2010 01:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GSBoek (Post 5033053)
Not bad for the Tesla, but at twice the cost I'd have to say no thanks.

It may be expensive, but at least it's a step towards the right direction.

Unless Toyota's Scion tC :AF:

Motor 09-23-2010 09:38 AM

Update!


jlitman 09-23-2010 03:04 PM

I want one :(

Motor 09-23-2010 06:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jlitman (Post 5170889)
I want one

Really? What do you like about it?

Omnious 09-24-2010 01:42 AM

Fantastic car.

I hope this becomes a trend and the brand gets even better by the time I'm ready for my mid-life crisis. :chuckles:

Motor 10-06-2010 01:17 PM

Update!

Tesla recalls Roadster for short in power cable, fire risk
Quote:

Tesla Motors is recalling its electric Roadster 2.0 and 2.5 models because a power cable may short and catch fire.

The 12-volt cable, located behind the right-front headlight, could rub against the carbon-fiber paneling causing the cable to short, begin smoking and possibly catch fire, Tesla said.

The cable is part of a backup system that powers the headlights, taillights, turn signals and airbags if the primary 12-volt cable fails.

Tesla will notify 439 Roadster owners of the recall and send a service team to their homes to check the placement of the cable and install a protective sleeve.


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