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Tesla Roadster Trumps Supercars in Drag Race

Plenty of exotic supercars made their way to Russ Beach Smith Falls Airport to take part in the ‘Race the Runway 2012′ charity event that raises money for the Russ Beach Smith Falls-Montague Aviation Museum. At the event, millions of dollars worth of exotics took part in a 1/4-mile drag race on the paved runway, with an electric Tesla Roadster turning in the best time of the day.

The Tesla Roadster ran an impressive 10.39 seconds in the quarter mile and bested the likes of a Nissan GT-R (11.536), Ford GT (11.691), Dodge Viper ACR (12.023), a Porsche Carrera GT (12.273), and even a Ferrari Cailfornia (12.639). Of course most of those vehicles listed aren’t made to go fast in a straight line, but other things to take into account is driver experience and traction, two main components of a fast e.t. in drag racing.

That’s not to say the time wasn’t impressive for the electric convertible. Any 10-second car is a fast one, but let’s not jump to any hasty conclusions that the Tesla Roadster would outperform a GT-R or a Viper on a road course.

By Jason Siu

Nissan Leaf races Tesla Roadster at Sportsland

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Give Nissan some credit, here: the company is proudly publicizing coming in second.



The Japanese automaker entered a souped-up Nissan Leaf in an all-electric-vehicle race at Japan’s Sportsland Sugo earlier this month, with hopes of knocking off proverbial favorite Tesla in the 50-kilometer race.



The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC was customized with a groovy, sleeker body as well as having its motor shifter around to make the car rear-wheel drive. The battery pack was moved to the middle for better handling. Additionally, Nissan added more crumple zones and automatic electric-power shut-down capabilities the event that the car got munched.



The good news as that the car didn’t. The bad news is that it finished second to a Tesla Roadster.



“Tesla’s speed on the straights was much more impressive than we anticipated,” driver Tsugio Matsuda said (in translation). The racer did look like he enjoyed the challenge, though, as you can see in Nissan’s six-minute video below.





By Danny King

Lawsuits filed against Tesla stores in NY, MA

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Questions about the legality of Tesla selling its electric vehicles in its own retail stores have been floating around since the days of the Roadster. Last week, the recent wranglings between auto dealer associations and Tesla stores in New York and Massachusetts were moved along in courts of law, proving once again that EVs won’t arrive without hassle.



Specifically, Automotive News reports, the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association (MSADA) has filed a complaint in the Norfolk County Superior Court over the Boston-area Matick Mall Tesla store. A hearing over a potential preliminary injunction is supposed to take place this week. In this state – and others that prevent factories from owning dealerships – you can’t technically purchase a Tesla in a Tesla store. Instead, potential buyers are told to place an order on the Tesla website. Tesla says this complies with local laws. Some local dealers obviously disagree. Robert O’Koniewski, MSADA executive vice president, told AN, “They claim they’re operating under the guise of a non-sales showroom, and we call that out as an outright scam.”



Over in the Empire State, Tesla was sued in New York State Supreme Court both by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association and a dealer member. Here, one of the claims against Tesla is that stores owned by automakers are participating in an unfair fight, since small dealerships don’t have as big a budget for advertising and store improvements.



In 2010, the president of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association said his feeling, “is that a manufacturer-owned store as a business model violates the spirit of the state law here. But not a single person is complaining about it, and it’s kind of a back-burner thing for us. I imagine that if we start getting complaints from our membership, we would move it up to a front-burner thing.” Guess which burner is turned on now?

By Sebastian Blanco

George Clooney auctioning off his Tesla Roadster for charity

George Clooney's Tesla Roadster



Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction set for next month just got a little more interesting, with George Clooney’s very own Tesla Roadster added to the docket. Finished in Obsidian Black Metallic paint, Clooney’s Tesla is number eight of the original “Signature 100″ built in 2008 and comes with the premium two-tone leather interior.



Clooney isn’t selling the electric roadster to get some extra cash, though. The Academy Award-winning actor is well known for his philanthropic exploits, and the full proceeds from the auction will be given to one of his charities, the Satellite Sentinel Project. Co-founded by Clooney and human rights activist John Prendergast, the non-profit organization aims to prevent a return to civil war between Northern and Southern Sudan.



“We admire and respect Mr. Clooney’s talent and dedication to making a difference in our international community, and hope his fantastic car will attract great support for the Satellite Sentinel Project and recognition of the lives his work saves every day,” said company president David Gooding.



The auction house estimates the value of the Tesla Roadster at $100,000 to $125,000. Scroll down to read the official announcement from Gooding & Company.

By Drew Phillips

Tesla Supercharger Network Launched for Fast Charging

Tesla just launched its network of “Superchargers,” speeding up one of the most important aspects of its EVs, but it might not be what you think. 

“Tesla’s Supercharger network is a game changer for electric vehicles, providing long distance travel that has a level of convenience equivalent to gasoline cars for all practical purposes,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk Said. “However, by making electric long distance travel at no cost, an impossibility for gasoline cars, Tesla is demonstrating just how fundamentally better electric transport can be.”

Where the term “Supercharger” would conventionally refer to a belt-driven device that crams air into an engine, the Tesla Supercharger crams electricity into the car’s battery pack at a greatly accelerated rate. While it doesn’t make the car any more powerful, the system is
capable of replenishing enough power to carry the car for three hours at 60 mph in 30 minutes.

Tesla constructed the units in secret before revealing their locations scattered across California and reaching to Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. The automaker worked in conjunction with California’s Solar City to power its charging stations through solar panels, making them capable of offering Tesla owners charging at not cost.

“We are giving Model S the ability to drive almost anywhere for free on pure sunlight,” Musk said.

Each of the charging stations is designed to absorb just over the amount of power consumed by Tesla vehicles over the course of a year, adding a small percentage of energy into the grid.

By Luke Vandezande

Elon Musk called on to support Nikola Tesla museum





To some, Nikola Tesla was the most unappreciated inventor ever. That’s why a group of activists are pushing for a U.S. museum to honor this creator of revolutionary technologies. How about this important work: the alternating current (AC) electricity that powers your home today. There were several Tesla inventions that other people took credit for, such as radio, radar, x-rays, and other breakthroughs he made in the first part of the 20th century. Tesla was inspirational enough to get an ’80s metal band named after him, and more recently, a luxury electric carmaker.



Matthew Inman, creator of the humor site The Oatmeal, has started Operation Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum, which is a campaign to turn Tesla’s final laboratory – the Wardenclyffe, in Shoreham, NY – into a museum. Its tower – originally set up to broadcast free wireless energy – was knocked down in 1917 and its land was sold to a film and paper manufacturer. The land, laboratory, and foundation beneath the tower are still present and are now up for sale. Hence, Operation Let’s Build.



Inman is not fighting this quest alone, and has reached out to the Google corporation and actor Christian Bale, among others. One, most appropriate backer has stepped forward. Inman was able to garner support for the project from Nikolai Tesla fan Elon Musk, best known for being a part of bringing us PayPal, Space X, and, or course, Tesla Motors. Tesla is a personal hero for Musk, and he’s agreed to make a donation to the project. Musk couldn’t commit to Tesla Motors making a contribution, and they are a bit cash strapped right now, but promises have been made. Inman needs to get the money together pretty soon and could be outbid by a rival developer who wants to turn it into a retail center. The state of New York is willing to offer matching funds to build the museum, and that means supporters need to raise $850,000 to get the memorial built. $260,000 has been raised so far.

Related GalleryReview: 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport

By Jon LeSage

Tesla Roadster Successor Not a Guarantee

Despite earlier reports that Tesla would have a successor to its Roadster model set to debut sometime in 2015, the American electric automaker has confirmed that a decision on a new Roadster has not yet been made. 

The automaker is currently focusing on its new Model S and Model X, as well as a more mainstream BMW 3 Series rival that’s expected to be unveiled sometime in 2015-2016. Tesla hopes to have a couple of sedans and a compact SUV on the market before it returns to the drawing board on creating a successor to its Roadster model.

“It isn’t decided that we will build another Roadster, but that would be around the time we would look to have a real ‘halo’ model in the range,” said George Blankenship, vice-president of sales and ownership experience.

[Source: Autocar]

By Jason Siu

George Clooney auctioning off his Tesla Roadster for charity

George Clooney's Tesla Roadster



Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction set for next month just got a little more interesting, with George Clooney’s very own Tesla Roadster added to the docket. Finished in Obsidian Black Metallic paint, Clooney’s Tesla is number eight of the original “Signature 100″ built in 2008 and comes with the premium two-tone leather interior.



Clooney isn’t selling the electric roadster to get some extra cash, though. The Academy Award-winning actor is well known for his philanthropic exploits, and the full proceeds from the auction will be given to one of his charities, the Satellite Sentinel Project. Co-founded by Clooney and human rights activist John Prendergast, the non-profit organization aims to prevent a return to civil war between Northern and Southern Sudan.



“We admire and respect Mr. Clooney’s talent and dedication to making a difference in our international community, and hope his fantastic car will attract great support for the Satellite Sentinel Project and recognition of the lives his work saves every day,” said company president David Gooding.



The auction house estimates the value of the Tesla Roadster at $100,000 to $125,000. Scroll down to read the official announcement from Gooding & Company.

By Autoblog Staff

Next Tesla Roadster to Push Envelope: Brand Boss Says

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The Tesla Roadster is still one of the most interesting electric cars in the world, but brand executive George Blankenship says the next car will “push the envelope beyond what anybody else is doing.”

But that’s just business as usual for Tesla. The brand surpassed most expectations when it debuted the Roadster 鈥?it’s first product. The story repeated itself in many ways with the Model S sedan and Blankenship is already looking toward the second-generation Roadster 鈥?a car that’s still a long way down the line.

Expect the Model X utility vehicle and a smaller sedan sized near the BMW 3 Series before that.

鈥淚f you聽fast forward beyond that,聽we go back to the roadster and do things that people aren鈥檛 doing and push the envelope. That would be the next-generation roadster,鈥?Blankenship told AutoCar.

That, he says, will likely mean the new Roadster improving on the old model’s 200-mile range while offering a sub-four-second 0-60 mph sprint.

GALLERY: Tesla Roadster

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[Source: AutoCar]

By Luke Vandezande

Tesla looking at smaller CUV, Roadster successor for 2016





Five models doesn’t quite equal GM, but it’s pretty impressive for a startup.



And five models is exactly what Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk is shooting for. Musk says the battery-electric luxury vehicle maker will have five models by 2016, when Tesla will add a small crossover and a sports car to the mix at around the same time, according to Wired. Of course, we’ve heard similar predictions over the years (remember when there were hints that the next-gen Roadster would be coming in 2013?), but it appears that Musk is getting ready to talk about his four-year plan.



Having debuted the Model S sedan in June, Tesla will add the Model X crossover in 2014 and an “entry level” $30,000 sedan the following year (we knew this). That model will be similar in design to the Model S, but about 25 percent smaller, according to Musk. Also, it will not be called the Model E, as that was just a joke he made online recently. The smaller crossover will compete with models such as the BMW X3 while the sports car will be a successor of sorts to the convertible Roadster.



Musk, who has long forecast deliveries of 5,000 Model S vehicles for this year, told Automotive News in June that Tesla will boost sales to 20,000 units next year and to 35,000 in 2014.



Tesla said in July that its second-quarter loss widened by 84 percent to $106.5 million because expenses revenue fell and expenses surged in advance of the debut of the Model S, whose first deliveries were made in June.

By Danny King