Auto racing has always been a much about the unfiltered sound of performance as the competition itself, but a new generation of electric cars delivers an entirely different experience. Behold how quiet a gathering of 43 Tesla Model S sedans can be as they race around Richmond International Raceway. Can this quiet take on classic motorsports bring racing back to the masses?
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Elon Musk is writing his own playbook when it comes to Tesla Motors, foregoing things like press cars, dealership models, and traditional advertising venues. Tesla has so far relied largely on word-of-mouth to advertise the Model S, and fan-made commercials like “Recharge” have filled the void in its absence.
When Elon Musk took over Tesla Motors, he set out to create not just a different kind of electric car, but a different kind of car company. This even includes the manufacturing methods Tesla uses to put its all-aluminum Tesla Model S electric sedans together, as seen in this video from inside the Tesla Motors factory in Fremont, California.
The Tesla Model S has shown the world just how great a well-made electric car can be. Available with either a 60 kWh or 85 kWh battery pack, the Model S comes in several different power levels, depending on your need for speed. So just how much faster is a 85 kWh Model S versus the 60 kWh version? A DragTimes video reveals the gap in performance between these two.
Can electric vehicles handle the often sub-zero of Scandinavia? That is the question a couple of journalists set off to find out, taking a top-of-the-line Tesla Model S sedan and attempting to drive 270 km, or about 167 miles from Oslo to Geilo. Will Norway’s brutal winter sap too much energy from the Tesla battery pack?
The Tesla Model S is many things; an electric car, sure, but it’s also billed as a luxury car as well. But wait, it’s also a performance vehicle, capable of beating such venerable sports cars like the Dodge Viper. So just how fast is the Tesla Model S? Let’s go on a top speed run to find out.
While we’re still technically in the middle of winter, for racers of all kinds February feels like the final stretch of cold, wintery days. At the end of January the National Electric Drag Racing Association held its first drag race of the 2013 season, giving us a glimpse of what the Tesla Model S can do on the track. But what about the Chevy Volt? This video pits both green cars against each other, and the results aren’t what we’d call surprising.
Electric cars are perceived by many people to be slow, quiet, and frankly a bit boring. And for the most part these people aren’t wrong. The Tesla Model S sedan is the exception though, as it is fast, brash, and beautifully designed. It also does a badass burnout, as the next video shows.
Pikes Peak racing legend Monster Tajima didn’t have any luck at this year’s contest, his all-electric hillclimber breaking down after only about a mile. Yet that has not deterred the 62-year old rally driver from his love of electric vehicles. Tesla Motors recently put him behind the wheel of its Model S sedan, and octogenarian loved every minute of it.