Tesla Roadster Test Drive: Adrenaline, Videos, Photos


Taking the Tesla Roadster, the world’s most famous electric sports car, for a spin. (Photo credits: Monica Michelle)

The Tesla Roadster — at 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds — is faster off the blocks than both the Ferrari F430 and the Lamborghini Gallardo. Oh, and it burns no oil.

The 2009 model is close to sold out, and it takes a $60,000 deposit to attempt to get one a year from now.

I have wanted — for a long time — to get in the cockpit of this curious machine and test its limits. Last week, Brian Lam of Gizmodo and I had a chance to do exactly that…

I was eager to compare it to the Audi R8 supercar I took for a aggressive run a few months ago.

The electric experiment did not disappoint.

The chassis weighs just 180 lbs. and looks no bigger than a cowhide rug.

The Tesla Roadster sounds like a fighter jet and accelerates like a drag motorcycle on steroids. Here are the videos and a few select shots (all the pictures, including interior, are here):

The Tesla hugs the curves and is LOW. I could touch my elbow to the asphalt from the driver’s seat.

If you have the cash and are prone to spending it on cars, the Tesla Roadster might just be the fix you’re looking for.


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Posted on: November 17, 2008.

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73 comments on “Tesla Roadster Test Drive: Adrenaline, Videos, Photos

  1. Sweet car. I want but sadly cant afford. Its nice to see people working towards a cleaner environment AND producing something really sexy.

    If you like weebly you might like to check out comfypage. It has awesome super friendly support provided by people like, well, me.


  2. If you haven’t seen the Fisker Karma, you should check it out. It is a 4 door luxury plug in hybrid. It has a solar roof that keeps the car’s interior cool on hot days and it keeps the interior warm on the cold days. They have taken orders for roughly 1000 on word of mouth. Sticker price is around $85,000. You can check it out at http://www.fiskerautomotive.com/. Not quite as sexy as the Tesla but maybe more practical since it is a sedan. Still pretty fast, 0-60 in under 6 seconds.


  3. I have watched this car for several years now and I am quite impressed that it has made it to the market. It’s absolutely amazing. I really wish I had the chance to drive it. Apparently the 4 door sedan will be coming out soon.


  4. Hi Tim,

    Very impressive car. I tried a F430 last summer and it was quite impressive (especially during the braking part). What was more impressive is being a passager with a professionnal pilot. Videos games get me so confortable with these kind of experience :)

    Hello from Berlin : life is great here, i don’t miss Paris.

    Esprit riche


  5. Wow, electric powered vehicle have come a long way in the last few years. It must be quite an odd feeling to drive a vehicle without the sound of an engine. It’s nice to see something electric that looks like a real car!


  6. Hey Tim- so glad that you had such a good time driving the Roadster! Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with- when the 4 door comes out, we’ll be sure to put your a– in the driver’s seat early on in the cycle. It was fun to meet Brian too, and even more fun to see you having such a great time!


  7. I am sure you will address this in a new blog post on your race with Alex but I would like to hear your rational behind doing an illegal cross country race.

    It seems that one slight error could cause irrevocable harm. If you were in an accident obviously that could kill you. You could also kill someone else in the accident. These outcomes could easily change your life significantly for obvious reasons.

    With your deconstruction and decision making abilities I would like to know how you came to the decision to risk your future and possibly others in this event. Roy has been successful in these trips by not having any accidents according to the article so maybe that weighs in your decision to feel that there is minimal risk.


  8. Tim,

    I watched Jay Leno drive one of these on his website a few months ago … and I always like the blue one … and then … POW , you dog!

    I just have one other way to envy you. If I could only get my auto source of income going I would be scrambling with the 2000 other people trying to get one!! …

    Anyway, seriously, thanks for the video — if I had your connections I would have done EXACTLY what you did.
    Love the car , color , video … and thanks for sharing.

    Oh – by the way – if anyone wants to also check out Jay Leno’s test drive … here it is


    This will give you an idea ( As Tim mentioned ) about how a big guy fits inside … Jay is looking a bit ‘snug’ in the driver’s seat.


  9. Hi Tim,
    my birthday was on December 10 and my good friend Adrian had bought your book for me thinking that it would help me with all t he projects, boy was he right. I would like to say thank you, your book fourhourworkweek is one of the most inspiring books i have ever read. i wanted to reach out and thank you, the information is priceless and i love the way the book was written. words cannot express how much i appreciate your intelligence thank you thank you thank you thank you///////

    and happy new year


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    • @Ryan,

      Sorry for the delay. I really make an effort to read my comments (at least a few times a month I don’t have assistants help), but I often take the weekends off the computer.

      They should be up!



  10. Okay, so i want to create an audiobook but i have no reputation on my name. How long should I wait till build up my reputation?
    My niche is for personal achievement and finding happiness.


  11. Hey i’m trying to find an organization to join to build my reputation but i’m having a hard time locating one. Can someone help me?
    I’m looking for something for helping people find happiness or personal motivation. Something along the lines of Tony Robbins. Thanks


  12. Tim,

    Thanks does not cover it dude. I bought your book last weekend. I read it twice this week. I just resigned from by job in the cooperate world making a six figure income. Now I can focus on building my personal development business and my passion for dance.

    -Your friend in the Truth, Seth