Tesla Roadster Sport 2010: First Look
Jay Williams - 20/August/2009
Tesla Roadster Sport
by a 375 volt AC induction air-cooled electric motor
This is where the Tesla Motors High Power Connector goes
Base prices are expected to be
California, United States
– Tesla Motors has released official photos of its high performance, environmentally friendly, full-electric Roadster Sport.
a simpler motor Tesla claim that the Roadster is six times as efficient
as the best sports cars while producing one-tenth of the pollution.
Peak torque is constant from 0rpm all the way to 14,000 rpm. Which is
quite a different story than regular petrol engines, which produce
little torque at a low rpm and has a smaller torque range.
Tesla Roadster Sport is a 2-seater, open-top, rear drive sports car
that features a single speed fixed gear with electrically actuated
parking lock mechanism and mechanical lubrication pump.
by a 375 volt AC induction air-cooled electric motor with variable
frequency drive, the Tesla is able to produce a maximum output of 185kW
(248hp) and 375Nm of torque, before hitting the redline at 14,000rpm.
The Tesla Roadster can sprint from 0-100km/h in under 4 seconds
(claimed), before hitting an electronically limited top speed of
The chassis consists of a resin-bonded
and riveted extruded aluminum monoquoque. Four-wheel independent
suspension features upper and lower unequal length wishbones and
co-axial coil spring telescopic dampers and sits on
Forged Light alloys - 6J x 16 front and 7.5J x 17 rear, that are
wrapped in Yokohama Neova AD07 LTS.
To bring the Roadster
to a halt is the hydraulically operated tandem master cylinder with
vacuum servo and anti-lock braking system.
It is estimated that
the Tesla Roadster has a range of about 354km (220miles) after its 3.5
hour charge, using the Tesla Motors High Power Connector. The custom
microprocessor-controlled lithium-ion battery with 6,831 individual
cells weighs in at 450kg (992 lbs) and has a life expectancy of five
years or 160,000km (100,000miles).
Base prices are expected to be
around US$128,500 for North America and €112,000 (excluding VAT) for
the European market – which does not include factory fitted extras such
as premium leather seats, premium audio package, bluetooth, matching
body-coloured carbon fiber hardtop with full headliner, custom mats and
metallic and premium paint.
Standard Safety and Security Features:
Four-sensor, four-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Tire pressure monitoring system
Front and rear crumple zones
Driver and passenger front airbags
Rigid occupant safety cell
Side impact door beams
Emergency tyre Inflator/sealant
Vehicle theft-deterrent and motor immobiliser system
PIN code prevents unauthorized vehicle operation
Valet Mode restricts vehicle speed, acceleration, and distance
Standard Interior features:
Heated sport seats with inflatable lumbar support
Three-spoke leather-wrapped MOMO sport steering wheel
Leather seats and trim in black, dark gray, light gray, or beige
Stereo sound system with single-disc CD player, iPod interface, and MP3 playback
Homelink universal transmitter to operate compatible garage, gate, and home lighting/home security systems
Power windows and locks
Retractable cup holder
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