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Validation Prototypes (VPs)

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by TEG, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. TEG

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    #1 TEG, Aug 12, 2007
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    When Tesla first started up they built a clay model to validate the body styling.
    (This model has since been destroyed)

    They also built a "buck" for aerodynamic testing.
    And a "mule" which is drivable but was cobbled together from a non-Tesla vehicle with custom bodywork.

    Then they built "Engineering/Evaluation Prototypes" (EPs) to figure out what refinements were needed for production.

    Finally they built "Validation Prototypes" (VPs) to test the refinements before putting them into production.

    Along the way they had to crash test a number of the prototypes so not all still exist.

    From the Tesla blogs:

    --Validation Prototypes--

    VP32: Sterling Silver
    VP31: Electric Blue; Gray microfiber
    VP30: Thunder Gray (in Europe, no known photos)
    VP29: Electric Blue; two-tone black/gray(grey)
    VP28: ?
    VP27: Very Orange; premium two-tone, rally 1, black/orange, black head restraint
    VP26: Fusion Red; premium two-tone, traditional, beige/black, black head restraint
    VP25: Thunder Gray; custom leather red/black two-tone interior (including steering wheel)
    VP24: Arctic White; black
    VP23: Sterling Silver; premium two-tone, black/red, red head restraint
    VP22: Electric Blue; premium two-tone, rally 1, dark gray/light gray, light gray head restraint
    VP21: Radiant Red; premium two-tone, rally 2, beige/black, beige head restraint
    VP20?: Electric Blue; black; crashed on the streets of southern France
    VP19: Sterling Silver; custom leather red/black two-tone interior (including steering wheel), black head restraint
    VP18: Radiant Red; microfiber -- converted to the Brabus Roadster
    VP17: Radiant Red; microfiber
    VP16: Glacier Blue; cream
    VP15: does not exist
    VP14: Green; was in the UK, currently in the US used for engineering
    VP13: Very Orange; premium two-tone, rally 1, black/orange, black head restraint
    VP12: Black; saddle
    VP11: Thunder Gray; microfiber
    VP10: Sterling Silver; black
    VP9: Electric Blue; black
    VP8: ?
    VP7: ?
    VP6: ?
    VP5: Jet Black; black
    VP4: Arctic White; black
    VP3: Racing Green; black
    VP2: ?
    VP1: Signature Green; premium two-tone, traditional, black/beige, black head restraint
     
  2. TEG

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    #2 TEG, Aug 12, 2007
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    "VP1" ("Validation Prototype 1"..."Signature Green?"):
    [​IMG]

    "VP4" ("Arctic White"):
    [​IMG]

    "VP9" ("Electric Blue"):
    [​IMG]
     
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    #3 TEG, Aug 12, 2007
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    "VP10" ("Sterling Silver"):
    VP10.jpg
     
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    #4 doug, Aug 12, 2007
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    List of Validation Prototypes and marketing cars. (This post will be periodically updated.)

    --Validation Prototypes--

    VP30: Thunder Gray (in Europe, no known photos)
    VP29: Electric Blue; two-tone black/gray(grey)
    VP28: ?
    VP27: Very Orange; premium two-tone, rally 1, black/orange, black head restraint
    VP26: Fusion Red; premium two-tone, traditional, beige/black, black head restraint
    VP25: Thunder Gray; custom leather red/black two-tone interior (including steering wheel)
    VP24: Arctic White; black
    VP23: Sterling Silver; premium two-tone, black/red, red head restraint
    VP22: Electric Blue; premium two-tone, rally 1, dark gray/light gray, light gray head restraint
    VP21: Radiant Red; premium two-tone, rally 2, beige/black, beige head restraint
    VP20?: Electric Blue; black; crashed on the streets of southern France
    VP19: Sterling Silver; custom leather red/black two-tone interior (including steering wheel), black head restraint
    VP18: Radiant Red; microfiber -- rumored to have been converted to the Brabus Roadster
    VP17: Radiant Red; microfiber
    VP16: Glacier Blue; cream
    VP15: does not exist
    VP14: Green; was in the UK, currently in the US used for engineering
    VP13: Very Orange; premium two-tone, rally 1, black/orange, black head restraint
    VP12: Black; saddle
    VP11: Thunder Gray; microfiber
    VP10: Sterling Silver; black
    VP9: Electric Blue; black
    VP8: ?
    VP7: ?
    VP6: ?
    VP5: Jet Black; black
    VP4: Arctic White; black
    VP3: Racing Green; black
    VP2: ?
    VP1: Signature Green; premium two-tone, traditional, black/beige, black head restraint
     
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    VP11 in "Thunder Gray":
    VP11_Photo3.jpg
     
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    #7 TEG, Jan 20, 2008
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    That is VP1 (green) and EP1 (black)
    [​IMG]
     
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    #8 jsnable, Feb 21, 2008
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    Vp13

    There's a note about the arrival of VP13 on the "Tesla owner's" home page. It is dedicated to fine tuning of drivetrain 1.5... And for Tony, it's Very Orange. Quite a few pictures in the "insider gallery" too...

    Jay

    [​IMG]
     
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    I didn't see any VP13 note on the Tesla home page.
    Is that in the owners area only?
     
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    Sorry - you are correct. I logged out and got a different looking page. Didn't realize even the "home page" was linked...

    Jay
     
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    And the VP13 arrival begs the question - where is VP12? I haven't run across any information about it...

    Jay
     
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    VP 12 is in the UK. VP 16 (glacier blue) just got shipped and VP17 (fusion red), both intended for the stores, are on their way.
     
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    Wow, sounds like Tesla is already into "production" of sorts, just that it's 'VPs', not yet 'Ps'.
     
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    Thanks darryl.

    Any word on the seats? Apart from VP11's Microfiber, most of the other VPs seem to have standard black seats. Are the store models the same or does VP17 feature the odd bit of red leather as well? :smile:
     
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    #16 TEG, Apr 29, 2008
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    VP12 is black with brown interior. It was used for test drives in Monaco to launch European sales.
     
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    The Seats of VP12 are brown leather.
    I will post photos later.
     
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    Looks like the rear bumper will need to be modified to accommodate those extra-wide European license plates... seems pretty minor, though.

    Those pictures are an effective reminder about how small the Lotus-derived Roadster is compared to other vehicles...

    -Ryan
     
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    I'm not sure how it is in rest of Europe, but generally our license plates are wider and not so high as the american ones. But we've got a version with a smaller font which I beleive I've seen on a Porsche Cayenne among other cars. So I suppose finding a fit should be possible....

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