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Jay Leno Races Tesla in his 427 Cobra

Old Man Mike

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Oct 7, 2015
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Jay Leno's Garage show had two segments featuring Tesla.

In the first segment he raced his 575 Hp Cobra 427 against a "grandma" in a Tesla P85D. Needless to say, the Tesla blew his Cobra away for the short race. Jay made the point after the race that he always says that it's not the car HP but rather the Torque. Here is the preparation for the race (I could not find a clip showing the race):

Jay Lenos Garage: The Power of a Ford AC Cobra | Watch the video - Yahoo News

In the second segment he takes film director, Frances Coppola, for a ride and does a launch demonstrating the Tesla acceleration.

All said, it left a very favorable impression of Tesla.
 

dduffey

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Aug 26, 2015
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Austin, TX
Full Episode: Jay Lenos Garage | Season 1 Episode 8 | The Cars Of Tomorrow - YouTube

Jay Leno's Garage show had two segments featuring Tesla.

In the first segment he raced his 575 Hp Cobra 427 against a "grandma" in a Tesla P85D. Needless to say, the Tesla blew his Cobra away for the short race. Jay made the point after the race that he always says that it's not the car HP but rather the Torque. Here is the preparation for the race (I could not find a clip showing the race):

Jay Lenos Garage: The Power of a Ford AC Cobra | Watch the video - Yahoo News

In the second segment he takes film director, Frances Coppola, for a ride and does a launch demonstrating the Tesla acceleration.

All said, it left a very favorable impression of Tesla.
 

DiamondDave

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Jul 24, 2015
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Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
I saw this episode last night. How cool to lead off the "Cars of the Future" with the Tesla. In the second segment, Jay says that he made the trip to Francis Ford Coppola's estate in the Model S, no problem at all. Coppola's garage had some cool vehicles too. The only thing that disappoints me in these shows is where they showcase the P85D or P90D, quoting the price over $100k. I plan to have an S85 soon that is under $100k before tax incentives and would also beat Jay's modified Cobra 427 (though it would be closer).

The granny bit was hilarious!
 

ecarfan

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Sep 21, 2013
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West Vancouver, British Columbia
I loved that lady's performance.
I believe that Jay realizes that EVs are the future of personal transport, otherwise he would not have done that race using a Shelby Cobra (an iconic car for petrolheads) knowing he would lose.
 

dduffey

Member
Aug 26, 2015
131
91
Austin, TX
I just noticed the YouTube account which posted the above video has been terminated!

Earlier today before it got taken down, I didn't get a chance to watch the full episode, but I watched the section where he races the grandma driving the Tesla - very funny!

Sorry, I thought it was an official video from an official Jay Lenos Garage channel... it even had a Jay Leno promotional banner taking up the top half of the video.
 

gg_got_a_tesla

Model S: VIN 65513, Model 3: VIN 1913
Jan 29, 2010
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769
Redwood Shores, CA
Beyond the drag race and the Coppola segment, it was a great episode overall. A good look at the whole spectrum of high-efficiency cars of the future. Leno's doing a great job with this series; am throughly enjoying the glimpses of the past too.
 

zwede

2013 P85+
Jan 17, 2014
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331
Plano, TX
Jennifer: That link set off 99 alarms and screams of Trojan Horse on my system. I've reported it to ModCentral; will let more savvy folks determine how to proceed.

No problems on my Linux PC with adblock and ghostery (kills trackers). The internet is a dangerous place for windows computers. :)
 

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