Mythbusters Part 2: The Tesla Roadster is not a Converted Lotus Elise
This car is great. You shouldn't compare it with the Elise because the primary goal of making this car wasn't the handling or extreme lightness. It's a electric for god seeks; of course battery weights more. In exchange, it doesn't pollut the air like combustion's engine. No noise: great for cities, good for environment.Ditto!!
Besides, who'd spend an ADDITIONAL 30+ THOUSAND on a much heavier car that doesn't handle as well as the Elise?
Well, besides Leno and typical Corvette owner...:shrug:
That's Tesla's version of Bill Clinton's "I did NOT have sexual relations with that woman".
Agreed!Seriously though, I have an enormous amount of respect for the design and what they have accomplished. A true performance car running on DC only is pretty damn amazing!
Exactly, I've read that article before and I found almost no argument to it. Even though they only used 7% of an elise, a ton of parts are just modified elise parts.That's Tesla's version of Bill Clinton's "I did NOT have sexual relations with that woman".
They naturally want to downplay the Lotus connection as much as possible and make it sound like they did everything themselves. But I'd say that little PR spin article goes a bit too far in doing so.
Obviously, the Tesla isn't an electrified/converted Elise.
but there's also no doubt it IS in essence a modified/electric version of the Elise.
"The chassis design is licensed from Lotus, based on the Elise chassis, was built using the same Lotus software tools used to build the Elise chassis, and is built by the same Norwegian manufacturer. Similarly, the body panels were designed under contract by Barney Hatt of Lotus Design Studios in cooperation with Tesla, but are manufactured from carbon fiber by a third party vendor. Final assembly of the Tesla Roadster is done at Lotus Cars in Hethel, England by both Lotus and Tesla employees."