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Saved by the Roadster

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by Doug_G, May 1, 2012.

  1. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

    Apr 2, 2010
    Ottawa, Canada
    I thought it might be fun to have a thread about how the Roadster saved your butt. Dragon just posted a good one.

    Here's my close call from yesterday...

    I was in Kingston, Ontario for the unveiling of the city's first charge point. Ricardo also brought his Leaf from Ottawa, and at 150 km it's a stretch even with a full charge. He headed off first and I stayed behind for some lunch. He was keeping it to 70 kph, which is 10 kph below the speed limit. He stayed off the main highways so the traffic wasn't too bad.

    Meanwhile I finished my lunch and headed off. Normally I would have had to drive at 85 kph in Range Mode to do the round trip, but this time I had been able to top-up the charge on the new station. So I blasted off in Normal mode at my regular speeds. I also took the lesser highway, because it's twisty and more fun, and gets you there just as fast (20 km shorter).

    An hour and a half later I'm approaching Ottawa, and I come up on a truck. I have a peek around and nothing is coming, so I start passing. Just as I clear the back I see his turn blinker come on - he's about to pass someone. Oh Crap!!! I bet he didn't check his mirror.

    So I floor it, and the Roadster bolts forwards. As I spit out in front of the truck, I can see he's on the tail of... Ricardo's Leaf! By now I'm going 120 and he's still going 70. I look in my mirror in time to see the truck swing in front of him. Good thing I hit the GO pedal!

    Ricardo said later that all he saw was a blur that red-shifted as it passed him. We had a good laugh about it. Could have been a bad day, though, except for the Roadster's awesome acceleration!
  2. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

    Aug 20, 2006
    #2 TEG, May 1, 2012
    Last edited: May 1, 2012
    Reminds me of BMW & Mercedes commercials where they talk about primary safety being accident avoidance (by superior handling and passing power) not just crumple zones and airbags.
  3. Dragon

    Dragon Member

    Dec 6, 2010
    I have a similar one too. I was driving at the main road at about 50 kmh and some woman drove in from a side street at the left, obviously she didn't see me. She was going to smash right into the drivers door when I hit the accelerator and blasted away.
    But there were times when the Roadster got me in some difficult situation. It's not like with another car I would drive so fast. :D
  4. fraccy

    fraccy Member

    Aug 1, 2011
    Reading, UK
    This is definitely a great aspect I've found with the Roadster - the way you can instantly dart forwards gives more options for a get out of jail card, rather than just having the brake. No delay to shift to get all the power, and your foots already there, no other car really has this. My other car is a 15 year old Fiesta with a tiny engine, driving style is pretty much opposite to this. It causes me some confusion sometimes.. :)

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