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Tesla Roadster scooped
15 March 2007 01:02
The Tesla Roadster. We’ve seen this before, but what is it again?
Tesla is Silicon Valley start-up company pioneering this radical electric sports car, the Tesla Roadster. It’s entirely battery-powered, and the motor delivers the equivalent of 248bhp – enough to whirr from zero to 60mph in just 4.0sec, and on to over 130mph. Very quietly. Not bad at all for a sporty milk float. First deliveries are pencilled for this autumn, costing £48,000.
What’s it doing in Norfolk?
These exclusive shots capture the Roadster being thrashed near Lotus’s Hethel HQ, where the car will be built. Small surprise, since the Tesla is based heavily on the Elise chassis and bodywork. As if you couldn't tell from the facsimile looks... Whether the handling will be up to Lotus’s standards remains to be seen, but the suspension is being tweaked to cope with the heft of the battery packs; it should still be pretty sharp with wishbones on each corner and a bonded aluminium chassis.