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i_am_socket 02-25-2009 12:11 PM

Tesla S
Didn't see this anywhere yet, but I found this:

on Wired. [LINK]

Not a bad photoshop and I like what it could be. Too bad it'll be > $50k.

NeilBlanchard 02-25-2009 12:45 PM


There are at least two things that jump out at me, that are anti-efficient:

The wheels are way too open, and worse yet, they "point" in the wrong direction. They will "scoop" air into the wheel, and cause all sorts of turbulence.

Secondly, the rear spoiler lip angles upward, which will cause drag.

trikkonceptz 02-25-2009 03:49 PM

On a side note; I picked up a Tesla Roadster Hotwheel the other day .... I'm anxiously searching for the Aptera one now .. LOL

MetroMPG 02-25-2009 04:20 PM


Originally Posted by NeilBlanchard (Post 89608)
Secondly, the rear spoiler lip angles upward, which will cause drag.

Agreed about the wheels, but if the spoiler corrects an otherwise less than ideal backlight slope, it may improve drag vs. without one. (But then it'd just be a band-aid for an initially less than ideal shape, as are VG's in other applications.)

But... the rear of the car hasn't been shown yet, as far as I know, so that's a pretty speculative area on the part of the Photoshopper.

Christopher Jordan 02-25-2009 10:53 PM

I drove by the original Tesla parked in Santa Cruz the other day. I thought "that is a funny looking Corvette" then it dawned on me what it was. Went around the block; then sure enough- it was a Tesla. Sure did take a long time to get here! Must be about 10 EVs in this area now, not including electric bikes/tandems/trikes.

my first gmc 02-27-2009 12:45 AM

I think that's a fisker, not a tesla. Could be wrong.:confused:

Christopher Jordan 02-27-2009 10:31 AM


Originally Posted by my first gmc (Post 89922)
I think that's a fisker, not a tesla. Could be wrong.:confused:

Could be right about the photo above, but the one I mentioned seeing was one of the first metallic blue 2 door topless Teslas.

my first gmc 02-27-2009 02:05 PM

Here's a fisker karma for a comparison.
It's a little different.

TimJFowler 02-27-2009 02:29 PM

The image is a Photoshop speculation from Behold the Tesla Model S | Autopia from It's based on two separate teaser images from Tesla and the Fisker Karma. The actual Tesla S may (?probably?) be different.


Christopher Jordan 03-04-2009 11:00 AM


Originally Posted by TimJFowler (Post 89999)
The actual Tesla S may (?probably?) be different.

Seems to be different all right! This is the latest... (Geneva show):

autoblitz: Tesla debuts zippier Roadster Sport

Front page of the local newspaper lamenting full tankers of oil with no one wanting the oil; NOW this might be why. Everyone knew about this design except me, so everyone else will have a Tesla ;)

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