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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Living above the clouds in Colorado
[NoCal] Spotted - Tesla test mule
Coming back from the coast today, I saw a yellow Elise on highway 92 leaving Half Moon Bay. As I caught up to it, I recognized it wasn't Saffron Yellow, but had the '05 taillights. Not sure, maybe solar yellow? Anyway, I wasn't able to get too close until we got to 280, when I realized it was a European-spec Elise - antenna on engine cover, and the rear end was for a Rover engine. It was wearing California manufacturer plates. That's when I realized that...it had no exhaust tips! The areas in the rear panel where the dual european-style exhausts would exit were empty. That, combined with the mfg plates, made me realize I was looking at a test mule for local car company Tesla Motors. The car exited at Sand Hill. My guess is it was a standard Elise fitted with a Tesla drivetrain, being taken out for a fun weekend drive by one of the Tesla employees.
'05 Elise, Magnetic Blue / Biscuit / Hardtop