Just when you thought the Tesla Model S P100D’s Ludicrous mode was fast, Elon Musk has just set a new fast lap record for four-doors at Laguna Seca raceway using a prototype Plaid powertrain in a mere 1 minute and 36.555 seconds. How? It uses three electric motors instead of two and be an option on the Model S, Model X, and the second-generation Roadster during late 2020. Expect pricing to be more than the highest-end model, but still priced lower than the Taycan. Read more for the video and additional information.
The 2020 Toyota Supra has already shown to be a tuner’s dream since a new ECU program for the car’s turbocharged 3.0-liter straight six engine generating 340 horsepower and 369 foot-pound of torque, down to the 10s in the quarter mile, but the Tesla Model 3 Performance is no slouch either. At 3,600-pounds, the all-wheel drive, dual-motor Model 3 Performance sports a 75kWh battery producing 450 horsepower and 472 foot-pound of torque. Read more to see how both fared and more.
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There’s no doubt that Elon Musk has been personally test driving Tesla pickup truck prototypes around at least one of their factories worldwide, but he would definitely be the person to ask about when the production model is going to be revealed. The CEO said that the pickup truck event will “most likely” take place some time in November. Read more for a video and additional information.
Former F1 champion Nico Rosberg may have retired, but that hasn’t stopped him from pushing the Tesla Track Mode to its limits. To do so, he brought several Tesal vehicles to France’s Paul Ricard track and tested them both with and without Track Mode activated. Rosberg starts by testing the Tesla Model S P100D’s straight line performance before moving onto the Model 3. Read more for the video and additional information.
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Industrial designer Emre Husmen has seen plenty of Tesla pickup truck spy shots, but they just weren’t clear enough to give him a good idea of just how Elon Musk’s next creation was going to look like. So, he decided to render it himself, but with some SpaceX flair to it. There’s no official pictures yet, but Elon did mention that this truck wouldn’t look out of place in a science fiction film like Blade Runner. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Ring security footage from a home in the UK shows two car thieves using a keyless entry hack to steal a 2019 Tesla Model S in under 30 seconds. They used a technique called the relay attack where a box and its wires are used to detect if the vehicle keyfob is nearby, and if so, the signal is copied and transmitted to the second person standing next to the car. Read more for the video and additional information.
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.