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The Tesla Roadster Sport offers superior performance to the base model Roadster and will begin production in 2011.  (Source: Tesla Motors)
Roadster Sport debuts, merges performance with green-tech

Tesla Motors made news late last year when a number of its Michigan employees discovered they were to be laid off through a posting on a business site in which company representatives discussed the closing of their plant and release of its employees.  While the end of the year brought bad news, 2008 was still a good year in Tesla for some respects as it saw production of its Roadster vehicle begin in March.

A leaner, more consolidated Tesla Motors greeted the press at the North American International Auto Show this week.  The company had big news, announcing a new vehicle, the Tesla Roadster Sport.

The Roadster Sport melds the environmental performance of an all-electric, zero on-car emissions vehicle with the on-road performance of a high-end sports car, and achieves impressive results.  The Roadster Sport can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds, two tenths of a second faster than the standard Roadster.

In order to speed up the Sport, Tesla created a hand-wound stator and increased winding density for lower resistance and higher peak torque.  The stator is the stationary coil in an electric motor in which the rotor, attached to the drive shaft spins.  The Roadster Sport also adds Yokohama’s Ultra High Performance tires, and an improved tunable suspension with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars. 

In the U.S. the Roadster Sport will have a base model price of $128,500, and it will also sell in Europe where it will retail for €112,000 (excluding VAT). 

Michael van der Sande, Tesla’s senior vice president of global sales, service and marketing touted the Roadster Sports performance, stating, "This car can beat nearly anything in its price class – yet it is twice as efficient as compact hybrid sedans.  If you refuse to compromise on performance or the environment, the Roadster Sport is your only option."

CEO, Chairman and Product Architect Elon Musk lauds, "The Roadster Sport embodies Tesla’s spirit of continuous improvement.  The Roadster has been a great success, but no one at this company remains satisfied with the status quo."

The Roadster Sport uses Tesla Motors' patented powertrain.  It seats two passengers and production is planned to begin in 2011.

Tesla Motors says that it has shipped 150 Roadsters, thus far, and that 1,100 people are still on a waiting list.  However, the wait may be a fortunate one, as waiting customers now have the option of upgrading to a Roadster Sport.

The Roadster and Roadster Sport will go head to head next year with GM's Chevy Volt, which will debut at a much lower price point (around $40,000 before tax credit).

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I thought...
By MrBlastman on 1/13/2009 9:59:33 AM , Rating: 2
They needed a bailout? I see...

Well, while a nice 0-60 time, what is the top end and how much more weight do all these "features" add to the car? I'm more concerned with how it handles in the end than how fast it can go in a straight line.

RE: I thought...
By kattanna on 1/13/2009 10:09:28 AM , Rating: 2
yeah i thought the last i had read that they didnt have enough cash to build existing orders.

RE: I thought...
By TheSpaniard on 1/13/2009 10:10:29 AM , Rating: 2
its not that they needed a bailout....

its that why not get a slice of the free money when its being passed out.

what would you do if I offered everyone who asked a 0% loan for $10b and said pay it back when you can

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By Tsuwamono on 1/13/09, Rating: 0
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By MrBlastman on 1/13/09, Rating: 0
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By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 1/13/09, Rating: 0
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By MrBlastman on 1/13/09, Rating: 0
RE: I thought...
By JonnyDough on 1/13/2009 2:20:33 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, in the LONG term it HELPS the economy when big businesses go under.

RE: I thought...
By FITCamaro on 1/13/2009 3:10:28 PM , Rating: 1
I would love to see an explanation how the economy did better when a company like Enron went under? At least in a way related to Enron's fall.

RE: I thought...
By JonnyDough on 1/13/2009 11:11:08 PM , Rating: 1
Easily explained with another question. How the hell is it good to have an Enron in business? Big business falling opens up the market for small business. Small business does more for local economy because the money STAYS THERE. Economics 101. Wal-Mart is BAD for America. Why? Because when you buy cheap Chinese made crap a portion of that money goes to foreign investors, China and a lot of it goes into the bank accounts of the three Walton kids who all happen to be multi-billionaires. With small business, you have more business owners who live LOCALLY and those billions are divided up among them instead. They spend money on each other's businesses LOCALLY. Get it yet? If you want to send your money to Abu Dallah in Saudi Arabia who owns a large portion of Wal-Mart stores, go right on ahead. But I prefer that my cash stay here and I would rather be earning a bigger paycheck and work for MYSELF than work for $8 an hour for the Waltons.

/end rant

RE: I thought...
By FITCamaro on 1/13/2009 10:32:57 AM , Rating: 2
Read the article. It failed in cornering. And you only had 55 miles of fun before you were done for the day.

RE: I thought...
By MrBlastman on 1/13/2009 11:40:33 AM , Rating: 3
I read the DT article - nothing at all is mentioned about its cornering ability, just an upgrade to tires/suspension/sway bars.

RE: I thought...
By FITCamaro on 1/13/2009 12:50:32 PM , Rating: 2
I meant the one linked to by the article.

RE: I thought...
By Spuke on 1/13/2009 2:09:39 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't see anything mentioned about testing in the linked article. Can you post a link?

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By Spuke on 1/13/2009 2:56:22 PM , Rating: 2
Nevermind, I saw it posted below.

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