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Condoleezza Rice takes a spin in the Roadster

Discussion in 'News' started by tonybelding, May 24, 2007.

  1. tonybelding

    tonybelding Active Member

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    Forbes.com reports that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Australia's foreign minister, Alexander Downer.  Rice made some comments about the fighting in Lebanon.  But then it gets more interesting. . .

    Rice and Downer also took speed-limit-shattering spins in a prototype of the Tesla Roadster, a Ferrari-fast, $92,000 sports car that runs on electricity. Tesla Motors Inc. senior sales manager Tom O'Leary and Rice sped down a road at NASA's Moffett Field research park, hitting 110 mph.

    "This thing can move!" Rice beamed after stepping out of the car. "We expect to see great things from Tesla."

    "It's great to see the private sector coming up with initiatives like this," Downer said of Tesla, which is backed primarily by local individual investors and venture capitalists.


    Full report here:  http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/05/24/ap3756951.html
     
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    Talk about having the fox visiting the henhouse for tea.

    Tesla said she was not buying one.
     
  4. DDB

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    So she's not buying one...still big news that number 4 or 5 or whatever number in line to the president drove one. That's publicity.
     
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    I love the reporter's / crowd's reaction that can be heard as the car takes off. Pretty typical if you've been to a showing. The acceleration all the way to 110 must have been extra cool.

    Here are the comments from Rice and the FM:

    http://www.evworld.com/news.cfm?newsid=15251&url=
     
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    { insert "Rice Rocket" joke here }
     

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