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Tesla in Automobile Magazine

Discussion in 'News' started by tonybelding, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. tonybelding

    tonybelding Active Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Hamilton, Texas
    The November issue of Automobiile is themed "Future of Fast" and includes three pages (little more than one page of actual text, not counting photos) on the Tesla Roadster. Although a short piece, it describes the Roadster in the same sort of praise-laden, glowing tones as the recent Winding Road article. Some examples:

    "Since its first public showing in California at the end of July, the Tesla Roadster has inspired a firestorm of public interest."

    "The brushless electric motor offers 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque at 0 rpm, so there's a huge push in your back as the car leaps forward, and it feels as if you've been strapped inside a great big radio-controled scale-model racer. The electric motor spins in its twin ceramic bearings to 13,500 rpm with a pronounced turbine-like whine, and the power seems like it will go on forever."

    "Despite its weight, the Tesla changes direction as quickly as a water strider on a still pond."

    "We don't want to make too much of our brief experience with the Tesla Roadster. Some ten prototypes have been built, and we've ridden in numbers 001 and 002, while our actual driving time amounts to less than 30 minutes." And. . . "We hope to test a Roadster at length sometime next spring."

    "And yet the introduction of the Tesla Roadster is a remarkably significant event. There's an innovative spirit among the eighty people at Tesla Motors in the Silicon Valley that recalls similar enthusiasm in Detroit more than a hundred years ago, when Henry Ford literally crashed through the wall of his tiny workshop behind his home to show the world his own proof of concept, the Quadricycle."

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