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So we went to Palo Alto today

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Zorba, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Zorba

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    and there she was :love:

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    I must say she looks amazing in white. Too bad there was nobody there (due to Labour day, I suppose), so I could only take some pictures trough the window.

    Also interesting: Alongside some beautiful Roadsters, a Mercedes (e-class?) ev was charging outside.

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  2. TEG

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    #2 TEG, Sep 5, 2011
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    Guess: The 'top secret' Model S mule (Teslafied 2006 Mercedes CLS500) that has been 'hiding in plain sight' for some time?
     
  3. Lloyd

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    Even her own engineer would not recognize her!!
     
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    Hmm, isn't the charge port on the wrong side then? Unless that's just where it was for the mule.

    Also, is it just me or does this look like the prototype? Definitely doesn't have the alpha or beta's side-grills
     
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    Stock CLS500 body with stock fuel filler door location...
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  6. Doug_G

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    Is it just the lighting or does that Model S not have an interior? It looks to be tinted so dark you could watch a solar eclipse through it...
     
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    This shot at full-resolution is fantastic (I can't stress enough how much it helps to view it at full resolution).

    I would like the production vehicles to have that red accent line (and possible LED indicators) on the rear-view mirrors.
     
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    I'm nit picking this photo, but what is that hanging just inside of the right tire? Looks like a loose cannon plug. Power for show lights?

    Car looks beautiful, Thanks for sharing your photos.
     
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    #9 TEG, Sep 5, 2011
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    Yes, that white one just came back from a long stay at the Autodesk design museum. It is just a body model, with a dummy interior.

    (I think they have more recently tinted all the windows so it is harder to see the inside anymore.)
     
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    Picture I took of the white car at the Model S unveiling:

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    I wouldn't say top secret. We knew they had CLS drivetrain mules around. Smart to leave the exhaust tips on, though.
     
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    I noticed that those tips are marked, signs that it was a gasser for some time before the upgrade. Not a from-the-factory sans oily bits deal.
     
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    It passed a smog check in 2008, so it was definitely a 'gasser' for some time before getting the Tesla treatment.
    I wonder if Tesla was 'benchmarking' it then, or they just bought it used and got out the 'sawzall'...?
    My guess is that they bought it used to do the conversion.
     
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    Is no data out of your reach? What did I have for breakfast this morning?
     
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    rabar10 FFE until Model 3

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    Post-hoc analysis, but a Google search for "California license plate smog check" turns up Vehicle Test History, enter the plate number from the pic, ta-da.

    Unfortunately, I didn't see any relevant hits for "mpt breakfast 9-6-2011" :wink:
     
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    LOL!

    Bangers and Mash?
     
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    I was thinking bagels after having moved across the pond, but the webcam images are too fuzzy for me to really make it out.
     
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    HA!

    Wait, what's that lens up in the corner of my room?
     
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    Bangers and mash for breakfast? Cor blimey, guvnor.
     
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    #20 TEG, Sep 6, 2011
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    Oh, I hacked into the DVR...
     

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