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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/12/21 10:31 a.m.
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Remember the very first car Tesla made, the Roadster? Well, Monterey Touring Vehicles tossed us the keys to a red 2008 model from its rental fleet of classic cars.

[Lotus Elise vs. Tesla Roadster | Similar looks, different DNA]

Since this isn’t a car that you see very often&ndas…

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Stampie
Stampie MegaDork
8/12/21 10:36 a.m.

Top speed on 95?

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) MegaDork
8/12/21 10:49 a.m.

How's the HVAC?

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
8/12/21 11:12 a.m.

Does it make you want to purchase doge coin to take it to the moon? (Or at least into orbit) 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/12/21 11:25 a.m.

Is driving it an out-of-this-world experience?

 

I'll see myself out.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
8/12/21 11:45 a.m.

I am idly curious how the steering and brake feel compare to an Elise.  (I have not driven an Elise either).

 

Less serious than that, is there an option to play Jetsons flying-car noises? 

GIRTHQUAKE
GIRTHQUAKE Dork
8/12/21 11:47 a.m.

When was the last upgrade to it? I heard their last round of software updates was 2017-2018 and they now accept level 2 charging.

How does it compare to the standard Lotus Elise?

How does it feel compared to a current Model 3?

LeftLaneLoser
LeftLaneLoser UltraDork
8/12/21 11:49 a.m.

How long will it roast the tires? Mph? Gears(lol)?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ PowerDork
8/12/21 11:53 a.m.

Do cage kits intended for the Elise fit?  What does it do if you start disconnecting airbags and stuff they way one might whilst building a racecar?

Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter)
Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
8/12/21 11:57 a.m.

Does the stereo play Bowie non-stop?

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/12/21 12:03 p.m.

I can appreciate the attempt at trying to keep a shift lever of sorts, instead of a push-button selector.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/12/21 12:04 p.m.
Stampie said:

Top speed on 95?

Actually, it's only 125 mph. There are some drawbacks to only having one gear.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/12/21 12:04 p.m.
Woody (Forum Supportum) said:

How's the HVAC?

Sadly, I didn't test this out. Driving around 65 degree Monterey with the top off meant there was no point.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
8/12/21 12:05 p.m.

What's its orbital escape velocity?

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/12/21 12:06 p.m.
Pete. (l33t FS) said:

I am idly curious how the steering and brake feel compare to an Elise.  (I have not driven an Elise either).

 

Less serious than that, is there an option to play Jetsons flying-car noises? 

It's been a few years since I drove an Elise, but the Tesla certainly wasn't as light on its feet. Definitely still has that go-kart feel, but you can tell the difference between it and the Lotus.

There were a few indicators this was very much a first shot an electric car, but none was more striking to me than the lack of any noise maker. Any modern electric plays some noise to keep pedestrians from walking in front of it. This one? Completely silent.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
8/12/21 12:06 p.m.

Cool!

A Model 3 comparison (or the latest S) would be really interesting to see the evolution over 13 years. The Roadster is a very different beast than the current offerings. Just swing by a Tesla showroom, you should be able to get some seat time. Or ask any Model 3 owner you see, if you have the Roadster with you there's a good chance of geekery.

And Pete, I believe the current cars can play Jetsons noises :)

WonkoTheSane
WonkoTheSane SuperDork
8/12/21 12:12 p.m.

Boring questions, but how's the range holding up, and what kinda mileage did they rack up in the last 13 years? 

calteg
calteg Dork
8/12/21 12:14 p.m.

show me the frunk!

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
8/12/21 12:16 p.m.

In reply to WonkoTheSane :

The battery lifespan question may not be answerable as there's been at least one battery upgrade made available. 

WonkoTheSane
WonkoTheSane SuperDork
8/12/21 12:21 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

In reply to WonkoTheSane :

The battery lifespan question may not be answerable as there's been at least one battery upgrade made available. 

Fair enough.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
8/12/21 12:41 p.m.

Does it feel like cheap consumer electronics? Thats what the console and seats remind me of, like the old steering wheel and pedals for the ps2.

Gzwg
Gzwg New Reader
8/12/21 12:43 p.m.

How are the seats? Are the backs as hard as the Lotus ones, or softer?

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
8/12/21 3:36 p.m.

Does driving it make you feel smug and superior?

kevlarcorolla
kevlarcorolla Dork
8/12/21 4:44 p.m.

Didn't 1 or 2 of these catch fire and burn to the ground when Top Gear tested it?

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
8/12/21 5:09 p.m.
kevlarcorolla said:

Didn't 1 or 2 of these catch fire and burn to the ground when Top Gear tested it?

Shhhh!  We're not supposed to talk about that! smiley

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