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Short-Notice Gumball 3000 Opportunity

Discussion in 'Model S' started by jackbowers, May 28, 2015.

  1. jackbowers

    jackbowers Jack Bowers

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    There's a Tesla Team needing a car and driver for today's leg of the Gumball 3000 car rally, which goes from SF to LA. You car will be covered with decals and you'll get to partipate with about 80 other high-end exotics that were flown into Reno airport yesterday. I got these guys from Reno to SF yesterday and while this rally is not as structured as others I've done, it is definitely bucket-list quality and it is fun being the only Tesla participant. Warning: most insurance companies do not cover open road rally incidents and after yesterday I can see why.

    If interested please contact Karta Healy ([email protected]; 917-539-9896).
     
  2. HHHH

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    Damn, I'm in Vegas.
     
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    #3 yobigd20, May 28, 2015
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    uh it can't be done. SF to LA is around 383 miles. Not only does that exceed the range of a Model S on a single charge, if the car attempts to speed the range will be drastically further reduced. Set cruise control @100mph and you'll only get around 130-140 miles range on a 100% charge. So I have no idea how you plan on having a Tesla Model S participate when it has to stop every other hour to charge at superchargers a few times during the rally (effectively putting it in last place unless grandma's driving all the other cars at 10mph).
     
  4. Gizmotoy

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    I think the point is that it's never even really been possible for an EV to come close to competing before, not that it actually has any chance of winning.
     
  5. SabrToothSqrl

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    Considering the entry fee for the event is $67,000, and to be part of the run, I'd go for it anyway!
     
  6. TEG

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    #6 TEG, May 28, 2015
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    I think the event is more of a rally / show, not a race. But, I suppose the crowds would start to thin, and the excitement reduced if you came in at the tail end long after others already got there.

    Could recharge at Buttonwillow:

    Gumball3000 - Rally

    But as I read this, the cars are probably already massing up in Buttonwillow, so too late if someone hasn't already joined in.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Well, you can see the finish tomorrow:

    Some other Gumball 3000 links:
    P85D in the 2015 Gumball 3000
    Twelve Reasons Why The Gumball 3000 Is Over. Dead. Really. Finally.
     
  7. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Jack's car getting dressed up at the Reno airport, below.

    Props to Jack - I contacted him late yesterday and said, 'You'll need to be at the airport in an hour & then drive to SF'. His response (without hesitation): 'Okay! ....What a trooper.

    IMG_1708.JPG
     
  8. DS 5/15

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    Darn, I wish I had seen this earlier. I would have jumped on it, I like stickers...

    IMG_1323a.jpg IMG_1368a.jpg

    (From the Nevada Open Road Challenge last year).
     
  9. tga

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    #9 tga, May 28, 2015
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    Gumball... Gumball...

    One of the best car movies ever made.

     

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