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Story on Model S reveal

Discussion in 'News' started by TEG, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. TEG

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    #1 TEG, Mar 26, 2009
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    http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_11995464

    I thought they plan to let event attendees drive it.
    (Perhaps only within the confines of the private airport?)

    Also, the story suggests that the prototype isn't "street-ready", but other stories say it is.

    For instance, in this:
    http://computerfinance.net/tesla-model-s-gets-unveil-date-roadster-sold-out-to-november/
    (the March 23 date was changed)

    http://www.4wheelsnews.com/tesla-model-s-teased-again/
    Even if the current prototype is "road-legal", I do think there is a chance it would undergo some changes before production.
     
  2. WarpedOne

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    Ofcourse it's not road legal yet.
    Ofcourse only Tesla staff gets to drive it for now.

    It was exactly the same with Tesla Roadster unveiling and is perfectly normal for a car still years away from production.
     
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    From a liability standpoint, I'd govern it to 10 miles an hour and only let a very limited number of non-Tesla staff drive (if any).
     
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    Well, the battery pack and PEM can't even be close to their final configurations, so I doubt a drive in this version is likely to be very impressive. Seems to me that would argue against letting outsiders drive it.
     
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    Not to mention dialing in suspension, steering, balance, throttle handling, etc.. The Roadster went through 2 years of that.

    Still though, it's more than Fisker did...
     
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    Exactly. Lots of reasons that test drives for potential customers are many months off in the future (as WarpedOne reminded us - just like when the Roadster was introduced).
     
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    I think we will get the story on this shortly - people are making their way back home after a late night...
     
  8. DaveD

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    Only rides were being given in the Model S last night. I got a ride in it. Tesla engineers were doing the driving. The route amounted to a "loop" on a closed stretch of a 4-lane road, with a good amount of normal speeds, including a brief acceleration up to a speed approaching highway speed. Most impressive. Not as fast accelerating as the Roadster, of course, but they weren't shy about getting it up to normal speeds. Doug and ToddLa also got a ride in it, so they'll probably have more to say.
     
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    Even Ahrnold had to ride (I think).
     
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    Arnold did not ride. Arnold and Elon walked around the car while discussing it and then disappeared. Luckily I was able to get a ride after Arnold did his inspection. The model s is very road worthy. It is an amazing car and I was very excited to see it in person.

    The tactile responsive touch screen LCD control panel was striking and the interior was very Aston Martin like. I am extremely impressed with the car.

    I know it is crazy...but I literally dream about the door handles. They are a gorgeous design that i am amazed has not been done in the past. Tesla aimed for the fences on this car and I truly believe that they achieved the goal.
     
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    I was not sure. There were people yelling to let him drive it (Todd...). I walked away and saw Rachel(?) going over to the car to try and get Elon to let Arnold drive it. Maybe he was gone by the time she got there. (or was deeenyed)
     
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    Just listened to the EV Cast with Doug. He mentions twice that Arnold rode...
     
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    Naw...I was next in line when he showed up....Trust me he did not ride....not that it really matters one way or the other.
     
  14. vfx

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    No no no, I'm sure we can stretch this point for a few more pages...
    :tongue:
     
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    Ok well on that note...now that I think about it...there were very very short periods of time where my eyes were closed when watching arnold around the car...these periods are more commonly known as blinking....it is possible that the Model S features a hyperdrive feature that would have let him drive the Model S during a blink or two....:biggrin:

     
  16. malcolm

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    The door handles for the Roadster are a novel design/unnecessarily complex depending on your point of view.

    And now Model S has flush handles. Given the reduced Drag Coefficient, this sort of thing must be worth doing.

    Looks very stylish. I hope it's reliable.

    Maybe Model S will also have a secret keyhole under the sill.
     
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    Yeah, riding in that car would be the futuristic Total Recall Arnold, the time traveling (naked) Terminator Arnold, or perhaps the 6th Day Arnold clone.
     

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