Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster

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Gas prices have been soaring nationwide for sometime now. As of March 2011, the national gas price average is $3.56 and rising. For many enthusiasts that may sound like the death knell for the cars they know and love. We can hear it now, “No more supercharged V8s, no more twin turbocharged V6s. Goodbye Mustangs, goodbye Corvettes.” It really sounds like a bleak outlook for enthusiasts who live, breathe, and eat these cars (not literally, of course).

Luckily, that doesn’t have to be our future. As many of you are already aware, many companies are making great strides to preserve performance cars for all of us. They’re using new technologies to not only make sports and super cars faster, but they’re using those same technologies to make them more fuel efficient, giving us hope that there will be no end to the fast cars that we love.

That’s where we come in. We have come up with our list of the Top 10 Hybrid Sports and Super Cars that all utilize new technologies to make them faster, more fun, and more fuel-efficient. All of these cars are either on sale now, will be in the future, or will have their technologies transferred into production cars within the next few years.

Hit the jump to check out are list of top ten hybrid sports and super cars.

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Tesla Motors has based their whole business model on batteries. They kind of have to since, after all, they sell electric cars. Tesla’s Roadster contains 6,831 lithium ion laptop-style batteries and the company’s up and coming 2012 Model S will have around 8,000 lithium ion laptop-style batteries. This is why it’s such a surprise to hear Tesla CEO Elon Musk say that he doesn’t think batteries will be part of the breakthrough that really pushes electric vehicle transportation into the mainstream.

While speaking at Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, Musk said, “If I were to make a prediction, I’d think there’s a good chance that it is not batteries but capacitors [that will facilitate the breakthrough].”

Musk might be onto something. One of the biggest drawbacks to electric vehicles is the “range anxiety” caused by the very batteries that electric vehicles need to store their energy. Batteries not only take a long time to charge up, but the state of their charge is largely dependent on ambient temperatures.

Capacitors are a lot like batteries. They’re commonly used now in consumer electronics to maintain power while the batteries are charging. Capacitors can also release quick bursts of electricity and since they can withstand more charging cycles than batteries, they should last longer. The only thing that batteries have on capacitors is that they can store more energy.

Now we’re not engineers, but if Tesla was somehow capable of combining large capacitors with a battery, so that the capacitors could both run the car and charge the battery when the battery is depleted, and supplement it with regenerative braking and solar panels, they might just be onto something BIG. In theory, that could be a real self-sustaining car. That could also be just the breakthrough that Tesla needs to remain viable into the 21st century auto industry.

Source: Gigaom

Tesla is out to prove that there is not such thing as a Grinch where they are concerned. In order to show appreciation to the hundreds of people who went out and purchased the Tesla Roadster , the California-based electric car manufacturer is filling Santa’s bag up with radio-controlled versions of the sports car and delivering them just before Christmas. Each owner received a Radiant Red Roadster with tan seats and a lovely Christmas card to go along with it. Now that’s customer appreciation!

Of course, the RC version won’t be able to hit the 0-60 mph in 4 seconds and it doesn’t feature the same electric drivetrain producing 248 HP, but it’s still a pretty faithful replica to the real thing, and one that can entertain the child in all of us for quite some time!

Source: Tesla Motors

We don’t like to say it too much out of fear that we’d lose ‘cool guy’ points from all of you, but we figure that there’s no harm in saying it now. We enjoy and appreciate art, so much so that nothing gets us more excited than to see two of our favorite subjects being designed together to create one beautiful piece of automotive artwork.

That’s right! We love art cars!

From Jeff Koons’ BMW M3 GT2 to the Audi A1 Art Car , and even the Citroen Survolt Art Car , art cars always have a soft spot in our hearts, and now that Tesla has decided to join the fold, we couldn’t help but get a tad excited over this one too.

Designed by artist Laurence Gartel, this Tesla Roadster Sport Art Car was covered In a psychedelic vinyl wrap with a colorful digital swirl design. This kind of artwork is right up Gartel’s alley, whose history with digital art goes all the way back to its seedling stages in the 70’s. With over 30 years of experience under his belt, Gartel was the perfect choice for Tesla and as evidenced by his work, the electric automaker really hit this one out of the park.

Press Release after the jump.

At this year’s Race Of Champions, Tesla wanted to prove that electric cars could race too, so they brought a racing version of their famous electric Roadster. Not much was done to the car in preparation for the race because, well, the Tesla can already make it to 60mph in less than four seconds and has a top speed of 125mph. All Tesla needed to do was prepare the interior for a safe and proper race.

The Tesla Roadster racing version received a rollcage, special signalized tow elements, and an electric circuit kill switch, while the driver and passenger seats were stripped out. A new driver’s seat made of carbon fiber was added to complete the interior.

"I’m lucky to have had a ride in the Tesla Roadster and I was really impressed. It’s silent but blindingly quick! I’m proud that The Race of Champions is leading the way in promoting green technologies in motorsport and it was fantastic to see – but not hear – such great drivers pushing the Tesla hard around this track," said IMP President Fredrik Johnsson.

Piloting one of the first ever electric vehicles to race in the Race of Champions was Formula 1 World Champions Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost.

Press release after the jump.

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When we look back on our lives, we can clearly remember the day when we fell in love with the automotive industry. Although our experience was wonderful, this little boy’s adventure in aTesla Roadster 2.5 tops it.

In this video, a kid was taken out for a spin by his dad in their Tesla Roadster 2.5 and despite not knowing anything about the inner workings of the Roadster, the kid gives out a genuine shriek of both excitement and fear as soon as the dad pushed on the accelerator even calling for his mommy at one time, much to the amusement of the dad.

We know that the Tesla packs some power and we’ve had our share of exciting moments in one, but we never felt like this before. At this moment, this young fella just earned his wheels.

The Roadster 2.5 packs 288 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, helping it hit 60 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds, although it seems like those two were going a bit faster that just 60 mph.

In a time where we see videos of supercars on a daily basis, this video is undoubtedly one of the best we’ve seen this year.

Source: YouTube

Count Tesla in among the growing number of manufacturers that have seen their car models get subjected to one form of recall or another.
The California-based electric carmaker has issued a voluntary safety recall of the Roadster 2.0 and 2.5 models over fears of a potential fire hazard with the electric vehicle’s auxiliary power cable.

According to Tesla, the problem arose after the company discovered that the auxiliary cables had the propensity to chafe against the edge of a carbon fiber panel in the car, which could potentially lead to a fire behind the right front headlamp of the car.

As a result, Tesla has issued the voluntary safety recall of 439 affected models of the Roadster while assuring the owners that the recall is purely a precautionary measure and that the company is doing just to be on the right side of any potential accidents.

Owners of affected vehicles are being instructed to make an appointment for a Tesla service staff to inspect the auxiliary cable and fix the necessary problems to avoid further complications.

Source: Tesla

In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s garage, the King of Late Night was presented with the2010 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5 . The electric roadster is powered by an electric motor (obviously) that delivers around 295 lb-ft of torque to the wheels via a single-speed transmission. The Tesla may carry an electric motor, but that doesn’t mean it can’t produce some incredible performance numbers. In fact, the Roadster Sport can make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.7 seconds.

Compared to a standard Roadster , the Sport 2.5 version receives a new look including a new front fascia with diffusing vents and a rear diffuser reflecting the future of Tesla design. The roadster also receives new seats with improved comfort, larger more supportive bolsters, a new lumbar support system, and improved interior sound reduction with a new front fender liner material that makes the cabin even quieter.

Check out the two videos to see what Jay Leno had to say about the electric roadster.

Part 2 after the jump.

Tesla has unveiled a new version of their electric Roadster today. It is called the Roadster 2.5 and, according to Tesla, includes improvements in both design and technology. Some of these inclusions are a new front fascia, rear diffuser, improved seat comfort, and internal finishes. It also includes a new front fender liner material, sound dampening, and a large touch screen navigation system.

"Although development of the Model S is our main focus, this shows that we still care a great deal about improving the Tesla Roadster Tesla Roadster ," said Tesla CEO Elon Musk. "These improvements are a direct result of customer feedback and come only a year after release of Roadster 2.0, showing an exceptionally rapid pace of innovation. Where feasible, we will also offer existing customers the ability to purchase the upgrades now available in version 2.5."

The new Tesla Roadster 2.5 is currently available for order, with deliveries beginning shortly thereafter.

Press release after the jump.

Nobody saw this coming, or at least those who don’t know the underlying secrets of why this custom electric Volkswagen Beetle laid the smackdown on a Tesla Roadster in a quarter-mile drag race.

While people may question the manhood of the Roadster for losing to a Beetle, it’s worth noting that this Bug, which was the handiwork of brothers Olly and Sam Young, is far from being a typical car. The Beetle actually has two electric motors - 60 Odyssey PC680 12V batteries and a Zilla 2K motor controller - that delivers as much as 1,200 lb.-ft. of torque. With all that power, the Beetle, aka the Black Current III, can clear 0-60 mph in just three seconds while posting a quarter-mile time of 11.24 seconds at 114 mph.

Proving that perception isn’t always reality, this souped-up electric Beetle takes on a Tesla Roadster, which now seems to be woefully incompetent in putting up a fight against the electric Beetle. Watch the video and see how the race unfolds.

Source: HVWC

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