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The drivable "mule" (modified Elise)

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  1. TEG

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    #1 TEG, Aug 12, 2007
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    The drivable "mule" (modified Elise)

    "The Mule 2" original prototype ...
    based on an Elise but with custom fiberglass and bondo body.

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    I wonder what kind of drivetrain is in "the mule". Is it the same as in the EPs?
     
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    #3 TEG, Feb 4, 2008
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    Mules

    The yellow Mule 1 started its life as a gasoline-powered Lotus Elise: an Italian-spec car with the Rover K-Series engine. Lotus imported the car to the US for show before they had any US-spec cars. When they were done with it, they could not sell it for road use in the US because it was not DOT-compliant, and it was not worthwhile to ship it back to Europe. Tesla bought it relatively cheaply from Lotus for conversion. The car was pretty much completely dismantled by the early Tesla crew, then re-assembled with early prototype drivetrain components.

    I was the guy who got to take the sawzall to the Elise :biggrin:

    Mule 2 was not based on an Italian Elise at all. It was based on a chassis that was not completed to a car at the factory. Its rear subframe was modified in Hethel to accommodate prototype drivetrain components to be installed in San Carlos, and to increase the wheelbase 2" to the Tesla spec. A red Elise body was "cut and shut" (lengthened) to fit the elongated chassis, but this body was on the car for a very short time before the fiberglass Tesla body was created.
     
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    By the way, Mule2 is a movie star. It was the one in "Who Killed the Electric Car" and upcoming "Iron Man" (although I think only for short "cameos")
     
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    Mmm. That's pretty close to the top of my list of things I'd like to take the Sawzall to.
     
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    Yup. That's Martin. However, he only uses the Sawzall if he can not find the chainsaw. The chainsaw must not have been in the back of the car that day. :rolleyes:
     
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    Just remember to lock up the sawzall when P2 finally arrives!
    (It doesn't need any modifications!)

    Well, maybe he can take the chainsaw to the transmission as a form of therapy, but otherwise...
     
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    #9 TEG, Feb 14, 2008
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    I found an old photo of much of the original engineering & manufacturing team standing around "Mule 1".

    I tried to add names as best as I could remember from the blog postings and early public lectures I attended.
    (sorry if I got any of the names wrong)

    (Edit - it appears that images uploaded to this forum have been removed)
    (Perhaps a desperate effort by dsacks6 to avoid exceeding the monthly bandwidth limit for the site?)



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    Man those seats are badly adjusted! :biggrin:
     
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