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Discussion in 'News' started by TEG, Mar 30, 2009.
Thanks. I saw Tesla advertised this on their events page last week (first one for a while). I wondered if photos would show up.
I guess we now know the plate number for VP29.
BTW, that's quite some way from Monte Carlo. I wonder if there was an HPC somewhere en route.
Tesla Electric Roadster Shows Its Range at the Rallye Monte Carlo d'Ã‰nergies Alternatives : TreeHugger
Very positive. Hopefully not an April Fools post
More photos on flickr
Really good news :biggrin:
(Bet they didn't drive it like Clarkson though)
Who did this?
The original le blog auto article is very good too if you can read French. I thought the description of the pit stops was pretty funny. It seems a lot was done to maximise range, including smoothing gaps with plastic film and hypermiling-style driving.
It also says after the event, Heinz-Harald Frentzen was at the wheel of his roadster for a night race - but it is unclear if the "his" relates to HHF or Tesla (at least it is unclear to me with my French ability). Nevertheless, that is the second time his name has come up in connection with the car.
Le auto blog translated: Translated version of http://www.leblogauto.com/2009/03/record-electrique-3867-kilometres-avec-un-seul-plein-en-tesla-roadster.html
My favorite quote:
"Tesla was so adamant about losing time as the pee break his crew looked to pit stops of the best teams in Formula 1: blinking right - stop - unzipping fly - fly rezippage - flashing left - start."
Rembember we did the math on all the other cars tested by Top Gear and found that while a hard driven Roadster would only get 48 (ish) miles around their track, the total miles done by the Ferrari, etc were in the exact same range per tank..
Now I would like to see a test where those same exotics were hyper-milked for max mileage per tank.
No one will ever do it but it's fun to think about.
Tesla Roadster's Range Surprises Onlookers At Rally
Tesla Roadster runs for 241 miles in Monte Carlo e-rally â€¢ Register Hardware