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Tesla Copy Cat Treasure Hunt

Discussion in 'Model S' started by mikevbf, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. mikevbf

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    Warning: read further ONLY if you count yourself among the Tesla obsessed. Oh wait that is almost everyone here.

    As I obsess about every detail in the Model S and what little we know about the X, I keep spotting other companies doing the same thing in the details of their current, and even more so, future cars. If you have spotted any of these copy cats post them in this thread. As an example check out the future BMW 3 series sport wagon:

    details - BMW North America


    See anything familiar?
     
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    turbine wheels?
     
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    Before addressing the claim of copying, you first have to attach a date to when the FIRST public appearance of that car came (in concept or any form).

    The Model S concept was first unveiled in March 26, 2009
    http://www.gizmag.com/tesla-model-s/11339/

    The wheels oh the Model S were based on the turbine wheels of the 2004 Mercedes SLR (car came out in 2003, but I believe the turbine wheels came in 2004):
    2004_MercedesBenz_SLRMcLaren14_small.jpg
    http://www.supercars.net/Pics?v=y&id=2398&s=c&p=2004_MercedesBenz_SLRMcLaren14.jpg

    Back then the Model S prototype was based on a CLS, so it makes sense why they were using a wheel design similar to Mercedes'.
     

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