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4th annual ReFuel: Sun 7/1/12 @ Laguna Seca

Discussion in 'EVents' started by smorgasbord, May 17, 2012.

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  1. TEG

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    refuel2012_11.jpg
    (Mesh top sightings)
     
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    As many mesh tops as soft tops!
     
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    Tesla Model S smokes the Tesla Roadster at REFUEL 2012 electric car race
     
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    If anyone has any Model S footage it would awesome to post it. Can't wait to hear the sound of 100MPH at 0.24CoD.:love:
     
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    Despite this stellar performance at REFUEL this year, a record still stands from last years REFUEL race. Joe Nuxoll, who was a Tesla employee last year (he worked on the user experience design of the touch panel display), achieved a 1:50.883 lap time driving a Tesla Roadster, or almost a second faster than Sean Wheeler did this year with a Model S. In his spare time Nuxoll is a racing instructor, and one wonders what the results would have been had he driven a Tesla of any kind in this years race.

    Why doesn't the Refuel website show this time? The 2011 results page has "DAN RONDOU Tesla Roadster 1:57.434 Cars 3" as the lowest time I could find.
     
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    #66 TEG, Jul 2, 2012
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    Did you look at the video I posted earlier here?:
    4th annual ReFuel: Sun 7/1/12 @ Laguna Seca
     
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    Nissan LEAF at Laguna Seca, "Refuel 2012", July 1, 2012, 12:19pm group

    You can watch the Teslas (Roadster and S) going by me toward the end of the video, but I did pass a Roadster:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8YhXv-EnPk
     
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    #73 TEG, Jul 3, 2012
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    Embedding Tony's video:


    Tony was driving the wrapped/stickered "BC2BC" LEAF. It is a very new LEAF, but already he drove it from Mexico to Canada, and it was making the return trip just in time to stop by Refuel for him to run some laps.
     
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    #75 TEG, Jul 3, 2012
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    I think the top time (1:40.269) for "Steve Atlas" AKA ("STEVEO") was on a Brammo Empulse RR superbike.

    Top 3 Model S drivers by title:
    • Vehicle Dynamics Engineer
    • Vehicle Test Manager
    • Material Coordinator and test driver

    So, real 'hands on' people driving the cars.
     
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    Something else to note:
    The top Roadster finishers were in 2008 1.5 Roadsters, (also including last year's record holder), with the 2010/2011 (including sport models) not getting around as quickly.
    What do you make of that? Roadster sport has a more track oriented suspension and faster 0-60. Perhaps it has more to do with how long the driver has been able to drive their Roadster and learn the limits?
     
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    Nader Assemi was the 9th fastest production car, beating out several Roadsters ... in a Leaf!
    Would love to see what he can do with a Model S.
     
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    I rode with Nader around the track in his LEAF. It is lowered with non-stock wheels so it has a bit more capability than a stock LEAF.
    But he also knows how to drive it to extract maximum performance. Most of the laps, he was talking about how the LEAF stability control was hampering his ability to go faster. Also, the 107hp really limits what you can do with the car compared to some of the other cars on the track.

    The LEAF seems to have conservative power output. He could push it lap after lap after lap and have consistent results. Many of the other EVs would start to overheat their battery pack, inverter, or motor. The LEAF seems designed to provide modest power output that doesn't lead to overheating anything even if you push it hard for extended periods.
     
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    Which would you rather purchase after driving it hard and running it off the track?
     

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