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Tesla Roadster 2.5 unveiled

New look, new features.

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Tesla Roadster 2.5 unveiled
Hot on the heels of Tesla Motors making headlines with its initial public offering, the electric-car maker decided to unveil the Tesla Roadster 2.5, and updated version of its popular Roadster electric sports car.

“Although development of the Model S is our main focus, this shows that we still care a great deal about improving the Tesla Roadster,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “These improvements are a direct result of customer feedback and come only a year after release of Roadster 2.0, showing an exceptionally rapid pace of innovation. Where feasible, we will also offer existing customers the ability to purchase the upgrades now available in version 2.5.”

What news for the Tesla Roadster 2.5? First off a new look includes a new front fascia with diffusing vents, a new rear diffuser, directional forged wheels available in both silver and black, new seats with more comfort/lumbar support, power control hardware that enables spirited driving
in exceptionally hot climates, an optional 7″ touchscreen display with a rear back-up camera and interior sound reduction including new front fender liner material make the cabin even quieter.

The Tesla 2.5 Roadster is available for order now.

Source: eGMCarTech
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Tesla finally drops real images of Roadster Sport

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Tesla finally drops real images of Roadster Sport
It's been seven months since Tesla first announced its intentions to build the Roadster Sport, a higher performing version of its standard electric sportscar, and the Silicon Valley-based automaker has finally offered up some real high-res images of the EV along with a bevy of details on what makes the Sport extra special.

First and foremost, the Sport's hand-wound electric motor adds a bit more oomph to the already quick Roadster, taking off two-tenths of a second in the rush to 60 mph (it now checks in at just 3.7 seconds). Also included are bare carbon fiber hood louvers and rear spoiler, a push-button transmission selector to replace the aluminum shift knob and a central touch screen that displays estimated range along with the total number of oil barrels saved over a fossil-fueled automobile.

Source: AutoBlog
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Lamborghini Reventon Roadster revealed

A select few get to see what Lamborghini is doing behind closed doors.

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Lamborghini Reventon Roadster revealed
Just four short months ago a rumor surfaced that Lamborghini would be making a topless version of its hottest model, the F22-inspired Reventon. Word is that today Lambo is showing off it's most expensive ever ragin' bull to a super select cabal of people so wealthy that we'll never understand. Based on the Murcielago, the original carbon fiber Reventon was limited to 20 units (plus one for the museum) and cost just about $1 million. And therein lies the problem. As a Reventon owner, you have a 19 out of 6.5 billion chance of running into another person driving the same car as you -- not exclusive enough.

This is where the new drop top Rev comes in. Limited to just nine examples makes the new Lambo more than twice as exclusive. As its price will climb to $1.6 million, it had better be. Besides losing the roof, the Reventon Roadster will be more powerful than its hard-top cousins, as the convertible will get the LP670-4 SV's stonking 6.5-liter V12 good for 670 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque.

Source: AutoBlog
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2010 Tesla Roadster gets upgrades including wifi

More toys for your electric toy.

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2010 Tesla Roadster gets upgrades including wifi
While owners of the current Tesla Roadster get the benefit of driving their bad ass electric vehicle today, people who are on the list for a 2010 model will get a few benefits that make 2009 owners jealous. Tesla Motors Club member DrComputer wrote about "a conversation with Ted at corporate" that revealed some improvements to the new cars. A tipster sent in a similar list of upgrades. The upgrades include:

* New power electronics module
* Better cooling for the power electronics
* Improved AC with variable speed fans
* Built in WiFi cards that connect the Roadster to the Internet (unless you turn the feature off) and gives Tesla the ability to interact with the car remotely. Also, this could open the door to mobile phone apps that talk to the car.
* Glove box locks when you lock the car (to leave it out with the top down)

Both sources mention the ability to switch vehicle performance modes – from Range to Standard or Performance (but not back to Range) – with the key instead of needing to change modes via the screen. There has been no official confirmation about these upgrades, but none of them would surprise us if they were true.

Source: AutoBlog

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Finance a Tesla Roadster through Bank of America

Get green to go green.

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Finance a Tesla Roadster through Bank of America
There you are - looking to go green but still wanting to stay cool. After looking over the limited choices you have for electric-vehicles, you narrow it down to the Tesla Roadster; however, the only problem is you don’t have the $109,000 it costs to purchase the Tesla.

Well, Bank of America has come to your rescue. Tesla Motors announced yesterday that it is offering financing for the Roadster through Bank of America.

“Owning a Roadster can result in a lower total monthly cost than a gas-guzzling sports car with a similar sticker price,” Tesla said in a statement. “Thanks to the low cost of electricity vs. gasoline, the Roadster costs roughly $4 to fully recharge - a bargain even when gasoline costs less than $1 per gallon.”

Bank of America will directly finance, document, and service vehicle loans for customers, providing a very easy online interface for these services. All agreements and payments will be between the customer and Bank of America.

Tesla said that it also plans to offer financing for the Model S sedan.

Source: eGMCarTech

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Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster unveiled

Only catch: 5 are being made, at $1.8mil a piece.

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Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster unveiled
Pagani has already produced 5 units of the Pagani Zonda Cinque, all of which have already sold out. Pagani now believes that its lineup will not be complete without a Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster, and just like its name and coupe sibling, Pagani will only produce 5 units.

Power comes from the same 678-hp Mercedes AMG V12 engine that allows the Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster to go from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 214 mph.

Pricing starts at a whopping 1.3 million Euros ($1.8 million USD).

Source: eGMCarTech
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Tesla Roadster runs for 241 miles in e-rally

On a single charge of the battery, too!

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Tesla Roadster runs for 241 miles in e-rally
As an answer to those who say e-cars will never take off because their range is limited, this isn't at all bad. A Tesla Roadster managed to cover 241 miles on a single charge while taking part in the Rallye Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives.

Organised by the Automobile Club of Monaco, the annual rally is open to cars powered by just about any 'alternative' fuel source, such as LPG, ethanol or even petrol-powered hybrid drives.

The rally course runs 390km (241 miles) from the town of Valance in France to the Principality of Monaco and covers a mixture of trunk roads, motorways and single-carriageway roads that wind through the mountains.

This year's all-electric entrants included a Ruf-modified Porsche 911 and a handful of Mitsubishi iMiEVs but it was the Tesla that stole the e-car laurels by managing to get cross the finishing line with an indicated 61km (38 miles) of juice left in the battery pack.

That would give the Roadster a theoretical maximum touring range of nearly 280 miles – 36 miles more than Tesla itself reckons the car will cover on a charge.

If the numbers stand up to official scrutiny, Tesla will hold the world record for the longest distance travelled by a production electric car on a single charge.

Source: Reghardware

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Tesla Roadster Sport starts at $128,500

In just 3.7seconds, you'll be hitting 60MPH.

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Tesla Roadster Sport starts at $128,500
Tesla announced today that it has started taking orders for the Roadster Sport, a high-performance version of the all-electric Tesla Roadster. What does the ‘Sport’ badge signify?

The Roadster Sport comes with an hand-wound stator and increased winding density for lower resistance and higher peak torque. Performance upgrades include an improved suspension, adjustable dampers, anti-roll bars and Yokohama’s Ultra High Performance tires. 0 to 60 comes in just 3.7 seconds compared to the 3.9 seconds for the standard Tesla Roadster.

Pricing for the Tesla Roadster Sport starts at $128,500 in the United States and €112,000 in Europe. Deliveries will start later this June.

Source: eGMCarTech
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Porsche Buying a Tesla Roadster to Study It

New avenues perhaps?

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Porsche Buying a Tesla Roadster to Study It
It is an understood truth that important R&D departments and their engineers remain important by learning all they can from the successes and mistakes of their competitors. The latest proof of that is the purchase of a Tesla Roadster by Porsche's scientists in Weissach, Germany.

A Tesla spokesperson told Inside Line, "A Porsche senior engineer actually came over a few weeks back, and he was seriously analyzing the car in every detail." The spokesperson said that Porsche will have to wait a little while to get a Tesla, as the automaker is "pretty far down on the list of current orders."

Separately, a German source has told Inside Line that Porsche is none too pleased with the recently tested eRuf , created by tuner Ruf and California expert Calmotors using a 997 911 Carrera chassis and body packed with lithium-ion units. No one is detailing exactly why Porsche is unhappy with the car — which Inside Line tested and will report on soon — but Porsche is known to be working on its own lithium-ion-powered prototype.

Source: Inside Line

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Tesla Roadster does a 12.7 Pass in the Quarter

Electric is serious business.

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Tesla Roadster does a 12.7 Pass in the Quarter
The electric Tesla Roadster achieved a critical milestone in late October, with a 12.7-second blast down the quarter-mile at Infineon Raceway, Tesla Motors has confirmed for Inside Line.

In comparison, Inside Line tested a 2008 Lotus Elise SC with a quarter-mile time of 13.3 seconds at 103.2 mph, and IL's test of a 4,152-pound 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 recorded a quarter-mile of 13.2 seconds at 107.5 mph

Tesla validation engineer Iain Morrison, charged with doing much of the foul-weather and speed testing for the Roadster, was behind the wheel at Infineon, according to Rachel Konrad, Tesla Motors senior communications manager. For the record, the Tesla Roadster posted a 12.757 time in the quarter-mile on October 29. Trap speed was 104.74 mph, Konrad said. The Tesla Roadster now gets version 1.5 of its drivetrain, compared with the first powertrain that used a two-speed transmission. The latest version needs just one speed.

Source: Inside Line

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Tesla Roadster to qualify for $5,000 Rebate

A little kickback on a rather pricey electric vehicle.

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Tesla Roadster to qualify for $5,000 Rebate
If you bought an alternative fuel car in California recently, California’s Air Resources Board has some money for you. We have just been approved for a $5,000 rebate as part of Fueling Alternatives, California’s Alternative Fuel Rebate Program. This rebate program applies to a specific list of electric and natural gas vehicles - NGV Fords converted by BAF, the Honda NGV, The Tesla Roadster, some GEM, Miles, Zenn & Zap cars. As a highway-capable purely electric car, the Tesla qualifies for the highest rebate.

Source: Tesla Founders

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Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster 722 S

Images of a vert worth driving.

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Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster 722 S
Mercedes-Benz has just dropped a couple of more shots of the new Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster 722 S. We saw the car earlier this month in Paris and we expect to catch it again at the 2008 LA Auto Show next month.

Mercedes-Benz will only be making 150 units of the drop-top SLR McLaren Roadster 722 S with production to take place at the Formula 1 workshops of McLaren in Woking, England. Power will come from an AMG 5.5L V8 that makes 650-hp with a maximum torque of 604 lb-ft. The 0 to 62 mph sprint comes in at 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 208 mph. Power is transferred to the wheels via a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Source: eGMCarTech
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Tesla confirms new, more impressive models

Even more on the way with a bright future ahead of them.

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Tesla confirms new, more impressive models
Known internally by its codename – the Model S – the Tesla saloon will be a sleek four-door capable of carrying five passengers and powered by an all-electric drivetrain. Company bosses say the new saloon is “ninety percent” designed and confirm it will be a standalone model separate from the Roadster, and built by Tesla from the ground up.

The saloon will be launched in 2010 after Tesla finishes construction of a new factory in California. The company intends to sell up to 20,000 of its zero emissions family car a year, figures described by a senior manager as “extremely realistic”. More info in the jump!

Tesla’s relationship with Lotus, who build the Roadster’s chassis, won’t carry over to the Model S, which will be built on Tesla’s own unique platform. It will use lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged from any mains power source, and it should be able to hit 60mph from rest in under six-seconds using a seamless single-gear drive.

Unlike the Lotus-based Tesla Roadster, which uses carbon fibre extensively to save weight, the purpose-built Model S will aluminium for its body and chassis. This factor, along with economies of scale, will make the Model S significantly cheaper than the £90k Roadster. Tesla’s early estimates put its price at around £35,000.

The whole structure of the Model S will be new from the ground up, with some components coming from unspecified major manufacturers. A part-sharing deal is likely to be brokered, with Tesla bosses claiming that "a number of" car makers have expressed interest in adopting the powertrain in their compact cars.

Tesla has come up with a more compact lithium-ion battery pack design, which will be mounted flat on the base of the model S chassis floor. This clever powertrain packaging will allow for a number of larger spin-off models in the future - all based around the same Model S platform. Tesla intends to launch a large Mercedes CLS-style electric ‘coupe-saloon’ and an SUV by 2015.

These big plans and a substantial investment programme have enticed leading motor industry figures to join the fledgling company. Tesla’s most recent signing is Franz von Holzhausen - the man responsible for the stunning Furai concept car. He’ll now lead the team that designs all of Tesla’s future products, along with adding the finishing touches to the Model S, and making improvements to the just-launched Roadster.

Tesla will update the Roadster with a facelifted ‘Roadster 1.5’ in years to come and, incredibly, has plans to build a stripped out track version of its silent electric car to gain a presence in motorsport.

The biggest challenge this ambitious company faces is with lithium-ion battery technology. Currently the batteries, which come from Japan, are very expensive to buy and to replace. Tesla concedes that the battery cells in the Roadster will only last at full-efficiency for around five years.

But the Japanese companies that supply lithium-ion batteries promise that the costs will get lower and efficiency will improve as the technology matures.

Source: AutoCar

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First Tesla Roadster crash

That didn't take long now did it...

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First Tesla Roadster crash
What’s believed to be the world’s first Tesla Roadster crash took place in San Francisco this evening at the corner of Geary and Gough streets at about 6 p.m. PDT. There were no reported injuries in the accident, in which the Tesla ended up between (and partially underneath) a Mercedes and what appeared to be a Nissan Maxima. Rumor has it that the accident may have been caused by a technician doing the final check on one of the first cars the day it was to be delivered.

Source: Hey dot com

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Evora is the new name of the Lotus 2+2 GT car

The new hand-crafted Lotus gets a name.

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Evora is the new name of the Lotus 2+2 GT car
Lotus has revealed the new name of its latest model, a 2+2 GT that made its official debut today at the London Motor Show. The car will from now be known as the ‘Evora’ (named after a city in Portugal) and it joins the ranks of Lotus’ existing models, including the Elise, Exige and Europa. The new Evora is the first all-new car from Lotus since the introduction of the Elise back in 1995, and it’s the only sports car on the market with a mid-engine layout and a 2+2 seating configuration.

While Lotus’ current offerings are designed primarily with race track intentions, including the GT-styled Europa - which is largely based on the Elise - the new Evora is designed for people seeking real-world usability matched with stunning design and performance. Specs and more info after the jump!

Powered by a 3.5L V6 producing 276hp (206kW), the new car employs innovative lightweight chassis technology for first-rate track performance but with ride and handling more akin to a luxury model. Despite the wider target audience expected for the Evora, Lotus claims the car is considerably faster around Germany’s benchmark Nurburgring circuit than the Elise and more stable than the Exige. The engine in the Evora is based on Toyota’s global 3.5L V6 but has been extensively modified for application in the Lotus. Engineers are still working on the car’s final specifications but early indications suggest a maximum speed of close to 260km/h and a 0-100km/h time of less than five seconds.

In keeping with its luxury overtones, the Evora features plenty of leather and aluminum surfaces in its interior. The dashboard will be dominated by a stylized speedometer and rev counter, backlit with blue LEDs, and all controls are positioned towards the driver in true sports car tradition. Other details include figure hugging bucket seats, hand-stitched leather and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. The Evora will also come with a 7-inch touchscreen multi-media system with satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.

As well as being sold in a 2+2 configuration, the car will also be available as a two-seater with extra storage space located behind the seats. The rear seats will be strictly for children or small adults. Other derivatives are also planned for the future, including a convertible and a high-performance variant.

Anti-lock brakes are standard on all models, as are traction and stability control. These systems have been specially developed in co-operation with Bosch to provide enhanced safety features whilst maintaining performance characteristics.

Deliveries in Europe will start in the first half of next year, with only 2,000 of the hand crafted cars planned each year.

Lotus CEO Mike Kimberley describes the new Evora as the biggest milestone ever achieved by the company since the Elise was born 13 years ago, but he hinted that this is just the start of things to come. He reaffirmed his earlier comments that Lotus is executing a five year plan that will see the launch of two additional models.

Source: Motor Authority

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