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Tesla at 24 Heures du Mans

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  1. dpeilow

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    Hi,

    I spotted the Roadster driving around at Le Mans on Thursday last week and then a few minutes later parked up in the paddock.

    I wasn't too sure who was in it, I was too busy reaching for the camera phone. I never did see it again either (was going to try for a test ride!).


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    I was surprised by how *totally* silent it was.


    Was anyone else there? Anyone get any pics?


    Dave
     
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    A couple of better pictures from my friend's camera:

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    Dave
     
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    Awesome! Thanks for posting your pictures.
    Here are a couple links that have a few more pics:

    Car News and Reviews - Autofiends.com - » News Archive » Tesla Roadster at 24 Hours of Le Mans
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    Car News and Reviews - Autofiends.com - » News Archive » Tesla Roadster at Le Mans: In Pits: Matt Damon Not Driving
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    AP and DS out having some fun there!
    As far as I can tell they have the one car (VP12) making the grand tour of Europe (even though those other sites are assuming multiple black roadsters).
     
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    Yes this is the same car they used in Oslo, I remember the license plate number. And that is what Tesla's twitter pages says, they'll be taking the car down to Le Mans after their scandinavian trip.

    Cobos
     
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    #8 doug, Jun 17, 2008
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    #9 dpeilow, Jun 18, 2008
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    Legally allowed on the track or did they sneak out when no one was looking?

    [edit] Just seen Simon's post at teslamotors.com so I guess it was planned.
     
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    Wouldn't it be a tad faster with the top on?
     
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    #15 doug, Jun 19, 2008
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    Probably faster, but not as fun. I'm surprised they weren't required to wear helmets, however.

    Does anyone know which drivetrain/transmission is in VP12? Photos of the center console show the 1-speed configuration (R-N-D), but shots in the video of the instrument cluster appear to show it partially updated to P-R-N-1. (The original 2-speed had P-R-N-1-2 and the updated 1-speed has P-R-N-D.) So does VP12 has drivetrain 1.0 locked in high gear or is it running drivetrain 1.5.
     
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    Doug: After what the Tesla guy said in Oslo this car has the 1.0 drivetrain locked in second gear. They just updated the gear shifter visuals so it looks like the 1.5 drivetrain.

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    Has this video been pulled? Seems to be the only one not working now.
     
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    Thanks, Cobos.

    Works for me. You might try restarting your browser.
     
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    Let's hope there's an appearance on UK Top Gear coming up to coincide with the Roadster attending the british auto show.
     

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