Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster has successfully completed its first orbit around the sun after being launched into space inside the fairings on top of the second stage of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. This is just a path it needs to take on its way to Mars. According to the SpaceX team, the car is 70,093,131 miles (112,803,994 km, 0.754 AU, 6.27 light minutes) from Mars, moving toward the planet at a speed of 26,628 mi/h (42,854 km/h, 11.90 km/s). Read more for a video and additional information.
There are many ways to unlock a Tesla Model 3, with one of them being a key card. One owner decided to implant the RFID chip from that card directly into her arm, so she’ll never be locked out should the keyfob or app be inaccessible. Since she already has one RFID chip implanted in her hand, her initial plan was to simply transfer the key card information over, but Tesla’s security measures prevented that. Read more for a video and additional information.
Novitec is mainly known for tuning supercars, but their latest project is all-electric in the way of the Tesla Model 3. They may not squeeze extra power out of the batteries, but they do add a sporty front spoiler lip, rear spoiler lip, rear diffuser, rocker panels, all of which can be finished in exposed carbon-fiber or body-matching / body-contrasting paint. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
When is a 1968 Porsche 912 not just a typical sports car? When you replace its 1.6L Flat-Four engine with the electric powertrain from a Tesla Model S P85. That’s exactly what Zelectric Motors and EV West did to this classic vehicle, boosting its output to 550 horsepower and allegedly 4,500 lb-ft of torque. This electrified 912 uses a Model S-sourced inverter, rear differential, and accelerator pedal, but a 32-kWh battery pack that’s been separated into two for a better balanced chassis. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
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Tesla is rumored to be officially unveiling their long awaited electric pickup truck either this month or in September, but Michael Bream of EV West just couldn’t wait. So, he decided to create his own makeshift version using a Tesla Model S and a reciprocating saw, called the “Teslamino”. Despite not having a roof behind the B-pillar, the vehicle retains its structural integrity, even with two bikes out back. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
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Tesla debuted its Semi last year, aiming to replace diesel-powered trucks that transport freight around the world today, but what if you took one and transformed it into a camper van of sorts? Meet the Tesla Semihome. Created by Vanlifer, it looks like a Semi up front, complete with its sloped roof over the cab, but step inside, and you’ll find two beds, a bathroom, foldable seating, kitchenette, as well as room for up to six adults. Read more for another picture and additional information.
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What do you do when your electric vehicle is out of juice, and there’s no power outlet nearby? You should never park in a stranger’s front lawn and leech off their electricity for starters. That’s exactly what one Tesla Model 3 owner did in Lake Worth, Floriday. Thankfully, homeowner Phil Fraumeni decided to let the young man off easy. He was first alerted of the vehicle when his gardener asked him in the morning to move the white Tesla on his lawn, and that quickly escalated to a phone call to the police. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Tesla owners rejoice! Elon Musk has just Tweeted that Tesla vehicles will soon be able to stream Netflix and YouTube when parked and describes the experience as “amazingly immersive” due to the “comfy seats & surround sound audio”. For those who don’t know, both the Tesla Model S and Model X models boast a 17-inch display, while the Model 3 has a 15-inch screen. Read more for the Tweet and a video of someone who already managed to get Netflix running on a Model 3.
It all started with Tesla vehicles getting a few Atari games like Asteroids as well as Pole Position, eventually moving to Unity and Unreal ports, such as Beach Buggy Racing 2, now, game classic game of Chess is rolling out globally. You’ll be able to play against your passengers, the car or even watch AI battle itself. To celebrate this occasion, Tesla released a western-themed promo showing a cowboy playing the game in a field. Read more to watch.
Elon Musk’s start-up Neuralink, founded in 2016, wants to connect your brain directly to computers. How does it work? It involves drilling holes into the brain with a custom machine to embed thin threads that connect to a tiny processor, which communicates with a smartphone over Bluetooth, and as more people sign up, the installation process will be as quick and painless as Lasik eye surgery. Musk wants to have its first human patient equipped with the technology before the end of 2020 after FDA approval. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.