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Discussion in 'Roadster' started by MDR, Aug 11, 2008.
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Thanks for posting that.
Too bad so many of the photos are blurry.
The factory sticker still lists the stereo as 'Blaupunkt', but you can see there is a JVC Bluetooth adapter box in the trunk.
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Thanks! With my slow connection it just came up black (at first). TEG's JVC box was in the video too...
I laughed out loud at Yvonne's comment! :biggrin: Best ad a man-car could have.
Great video. Well, not Spielberg, but fun to watch. Love the sound of the car. I don't think I've heard it so clearly in other videos.
It was also amusing to watch the tach and the speedometer synchronized. To me the video really illustrated the waste of dash space, although I understand why Tesla ended up with it. There are other threads about that, so I won't belabor the point.
I noticed he said there are 7,500 Li-Ion batteries. I'm sure that was a mistake - which I find odd for a "founder". But I'm not so sure that calling it "F16" rather than "P16" was accidental.
That last picture has some good info. We now know the official kwh/100 miles: 32/33. That seems a little low (well, actually high) in comparison to the Rav4 EV, which is rated 27/34. The only possible explanation is that the Roadster uses the more demanding testing methodology that the EPA started last year, but I doubt that because I read somewhere (I don't remember where, but I think it was a Tesla employee who said it) that the Roadster uses the old testing methodology still. Besides, the difference between the auto-reviewers' (and Eberhard's) range results is so vastly different from the EPA rating that I think they are still using the old methodology. I've read the mpg results from many other auto-reviewers and their numbers are usually very close to the new EPA ratings, so I thionk the reason why the reviewers are so off this time is because the EPA is still rating the Roadster with its old methodology. Ugh...this is long.
By the way, does anyone know if the inflatable lumbar support is new, or has it always been part of the car?
I am pretty sure that the EPA run is the new 2008 version.
The lumbar has always been there. Martin showed us a picture of his squeeze ball.
I noticed under the" Government Safety Ratings" scetion it says, "This vehicle has not been rated by the government for frontal crash, side crash or rollover risk."
So the NHSTA didn't get a copy of those crash pictures?
Seems like the rollover test would be a no brainer.
Finally updated my Quicktime to play that. Fun vid. That 'go pedal' does seem to have an ability to elicit passenger responses!
As we get later in the series, it becomes less likely that the VIN will correspond with the production number. So VIN F00016 might not actually be P16. Then again, the owner might like the association with another kind of F16.
By many accounts, the Acura NSX was inspired by the F-16.
By the way, I looked at an NSX in 1996 and got scared away when a mechanic told me the price to have the valves adjusted every 15K miles. I guess in later years they reduced the frequency of that service interval, but still a hassle. With Tesla no valve adjustments ever!
I think TEG is a really big NSX fan. Good choice.:biggrin:
Number five is alive
[youtube="VaCv2TR2FjI"]Number five is alive[/youtube]
Could it be...
An actual positive post about Tesla from TTAC:
Tesla Lives: Video to Prove It | The Truth About Cars
Note that Robert Farago didn't write it.
But he did edit it. Check the 3rd comment.
Very nice to read it all though.