Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster

Trying to steal a little thunder from Fisker’s introduction of the Karma , Tesla introduced a quicker version of its Roadster called the Sport. The Roadster Sport does 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, compared with 3.9 seconds for the standard Roadster . Telsa says this new performance comes from a hand-wound stator and increased winding density for lower resistance and higher peak torque. The Roadster Sport also has an improved suspension with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars that Tesla will tune to the driver’s preference.

Although Tesla has only delivered 150 of the standard Roadster, it says that anyone of the 1,100 people still on the waiting list can upgrade to the Sport model. But the upgrade doesn’t come cheap. Sales of the Sport model will begin in late June at a price of $128,500, about a $28,000 jump from the standard Roadster.

Press release after the jump.

Tesla has not had much good news lately. It is being shut-out of the automotive hail mary loans , the Model S sedan is on life support, and production of the Roadsters are behind with only 100 of the 1200 orders filled.

What is the troubled electric carmaker to do? Why not turn the 100th car into a milestone instead of a setback?

In a very PR-friendly package, the 100th Tesla Roadster went to pop culture celebrity and Silicone Valley investor Sam Perry (he’s semi-famous for being the shoulder Oprah cried on during Barack Obama’s election night.)

Hmmmmm, a company needing good press just happens to have someone enjoying his 15 minutes of fame on-tap for its 100th car. Coincidence?

Source: ktvu

Porsche is not just known for performance cars, but also for a crack team of engineers (how else do you expect to get that kind of performance from six-cylinders?) So it’s no surprise that Porsche is in line to pick up a Tesla Roadster . Inside Line got the scoop from a Tesla spokesperson, "A Porsche senior engineer actually came over a few weeks back, and he was seriously analyzing the car in every detail."

Porsche is reportedly working on its own lithium-ion car, possibly to use on its own cars or offer to other makers through its engineering arm. One of the easiest ways to understand any technology is testing and reverse engineering successful technology, so there no telling what Porsche may do when its Tesla arrives.

Tuner Ruf has actually already assembled a 911 with ithium-ion battery power, but Porsche is doesn’t seem to be impressed with that car. Instead the German car company went shopping in California. But just like GM’s and Toyota’s Hyundai Genesis purchase, Porsche isn’t getting any special treatment. Tesla said Porsche is "pretty far down on the list of current orders."

Source: Inside Line
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Who knew the folks over at Brabus are really Star Trek nerds? The German tuning house got its hands on a Tesla Roadster , and while it didn’t add any engine performance parts, it did manage to add sound effects.

Tesla Roadster by Brabus

The car comes with the usual type of body enhancements. This new kit includes a carbon-fiber front apron, new daytime running LEDs integrated in the front bumper activated by the keyless fob or by pulling the door handle, matte-white surrounds for the headlights, new carbon-fiber air inlets, a new rear spoiler and a new carbon-fiber diffuser. The kit is completed by the Brabus Monoblock S light-alloy wheels in size 7Jx18 in front and in size 8.5Jx19 in back.

Tesla Roadster by Brabus

What makes this kit interesting (geeky) is that it features a "space sound generator". This is a system that simulates the engine sounds such as a V8 engine, a racecar engine and two futuristic soundscapes named "Beam" and "Warp".

More details in the press release after the jump.

A sales director for Tesla was giving a demonstration of the roadster and inadvertently gave a demo of the safety systems as well. It seems the unnamed (likely former) employee took a turn at around 100 mph and lost control of the electric car. Judging by the pictures, the accident happened somewhere in Europe, and reports indicated that wet roads and poor visibility contributed to the accident. Upon impact, the passenger was ejected through the side window, but both the driver and he survived the serious accident.

Teslas seem to be relatively safe for consumer use. Of the three known Tesla crashes (including this one), two have been at the hands of Tesla employees.

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Martin Eberhard former CEO and co-founder of Tesla Motors said on his blog that the ESS coolant pump of his Tesla Roadster runs all the time. It is used to cool the system, but it also seems to be a large drain on the car. Even if the car is stopped, it will consume 14 kW per hour (1,278 kW per year). Eberhard compares this loss to running two large refrigerators. It also translates to the vehicle using 22% from the whole amount of power to keep the coolant pump running.

Just like a software guy, Eberhard said that the problem could be solved once the vehicle’s drive train is upgraded to 1.5 version. What’s next Tesla Vista?

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Electric cars have come under scrutiny because blind pedestrians can’t hear them coming when they try to cross the street. I guess this Mercedes C-Class owner couldn’t hear this Tesla coming either.

This electric sports car has been identified as Tesla #6. Tesla doesn’t have many cars on the road, so when one crashes, it can actually be identified. Considering that the waiting list for a new Tesla Roadster is over 1,000 people long, let’s hope the owner can just get his car fixed.

Source: CarZi
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Tesla Roadster

Tesla CEO Ze’ev Drori announced that the Tesla Roadster will hit the European showrooms in Fall 2009. According to Mr. Drori the car, which will be priced under €100,000, will be a big hit especially due to the tax benefits for zero-emissions cars.

The main targets for the car will be countries such as Germany, France, Norway, Denmark and Netherlands. You may wonder why these countries were chosen first, right? It is because all of them are building a recharging network for supporting electric cars. In Denmark for example, the network is built in order to suport the electric cars made by Renault. However, the car will not be available in the United Kingdom because the manufacturer builds for the moment only left-hand-drive cars.

Tesla Motors announced it began regular production of its 2008 Tesla Roadster all-electric sports car.

First unveiled as a prototype on July 19th, 2006, the revolutionary Tesla Roadster generated an extraordinary response from people everywhere who were inspired by the vision that beautiful, high performance cars could generate zero-emissions and burn no oil.

Less than 2 years later, this vision has become a reality as Tesla Motors begins production of this breakthrough electric vehicle. The 2008 model year is sold out and Tesla is currently taking reservations for the 2009 model year Tesla Roadster. To date, over 900 Tesla Roadsters have been reserved in total.

Through the course of development of the Roadster, Tesla Motors has established a leadership position in EV technology which it plans to extend over the next years, leading to the introduction of its next model, a five passenger sports sedan, in 2010.

AutoBlog Green got the chance to get behind the wheel of the future Tesla Roadster. The test drive was made between San Carlos and the Pacific Ocean. They tested the VP10 (Validation Prototype 10), a prototype version that has the XTrac two speed gear-box with first gear locked out allowing it to simulate the behavior that can be expected from the single-speed units that will be used for early production cars starting March 17.

AutoBlog Green tested the Tesla Roadster

The Roadster develops a peak torque of 200lb-ft from 0 rpm to about 6,000rpm. The two-speed transmission that had been planned would have provided additional torque multiplication in low gear to help achieve the four-second 0-60mph time, with second gear allowing the car to run up 125mph. Without the lower gear, the car takes about 5.7seconds to break the 60mph barrier.

The Conclusion of their test: the Tesla Roadster is a really fast sports car that had no emissions. It’s not for everyone, even among the relatively few who can afford it. But for those who can and want it, it’s a fine choice. It’s even usable for running around town.

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