Thursday, December 27, 2007

Lakeport with the Mythbusters

I am so impressed that the AutoBlog Green picked up the Lake County Record Bee (has been archived so they can charge you) story on the recent Mythbuster visit---though one slight correction--Kari as seen in this photo, wasn't there that day--only Jamie and Adam. LOL! Thanks for connecting the dots.Jamieadamatv

On December 19th we were at the Lakeport Speedway with our Model One electric ATV and a Polaris 800 doing a few side by side comparisons between electric and gas vehicles for a Mythbuster's episode to be aired sometime the early part of next year. While there were "discoveries" made, suffice it to say that we were happy with the results. For those of you that didn't know, our proof of concept model used a Polaris 800 chassis. That same product category we hope to build our production models coming out next year. Polaris is in no way associated with our efforts at Barefoot we just felt that their Sportsman 800 could us a great baseline for a powerful and rugged vehicle, and indirectly Barefoot was able to give them some good TV time. Being on set was fun but it was a long cold rainy day--I have only more admiration for how Jamie and Adam and tTeammythbuster
heir production team make it look on TV!
Blair Aiken the Lakeport track manager set up a fantastic indoor track to race these vehicles, along with his tremendous effort to find a fill-in Polaris 800 when the local source backed out. We also had stellar  last minute tech support on our Model One from Brian Hall at Thunderstruck Motors, here in Santa Rosa.

Don't worry these guys didn't ride without helmets--these were all downtime shots.

A Letter to Customers from Ze’ev Drori

The following is a letter that was sent to Tesla Roadster customers on December 21 to review key developments in the Roadster program. These updates were first revealed a week prior in a customer town hall meeting, which was hosted by Chairman Elon Musk and President and CEO Ze’ev Drori at Tesla’s corporate office. More [...]

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Song Remains the Same

Given the recent management changes, some reassurances are in order regarding Tesla Motors’ future plans. The near term message is simple and unequivocal – we are going to deliver a great sports car next year that customers will love driving.
To give you some sense of our level of confidence, a few weeks ago we allowed [...]

Thursday, December 6, 2007

On the Road with Motor Trend

Motor Trend Technical Editor Kim Reynolds joined us for a day of driving Validation Prototypes 9 and 10 on Monday (December 3). Kim is an understated guy, but very knowledgeable about EVs. Kim knew Alec Brooks, Tesla’s Director of Vehicle Technologies, from way back and told me stories about “back in the day” when he [...]

Monday, December 3, 2007

First Drives

For years as a child I read every car magazine I could get a hold of, reading them cover to cover and dreaming of the day that I could buy a car. That’s one of the strange things about growing up in an apartment in Flushing, Queens (New York City). You don’t really need a [...]