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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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RE: Hmmm.....
By Gzus666 on 1/13/2009 2:28:49 PM , Rating: 2
The drive loss is not the only inefficiency unfortunately. That would be a problem with any supercharger. The problem is a roots design is naturally less efficient than a centrifugal design. Also, I believe the one you are speaking of is a twin screw, not a roots as I mistakenly said. While more efficient than roots, they are still a bit rough on the thermal efficiency side.

But, I will agree, they are easy as hell to put on. Custom piping is not really always required, plenty of companies make bolt on turbo and centrifugal kits. Many cost less than that supercharger as well, which is has a bad price to power ratio. Centrifugal supercharger kits are actually pretty damn simple for the most part, I would venture to say in some cases easier than the twin screw.

RE: Hmmm.....
By FITCamaro on 1/13/2009 2:54:29 PM , Rating: 2
ATI Prochargers are also good. However from what I've seen, Prochargers seem to be more prone to belts slipping than magnachargers. Another GTO guy I know though is making 650 rwhp with an ATI Procharger on his 402 ci LS engine. Still gets 25 mpg highway too. Nother guy has a pair of twins on his otherwise stock motor GTO. Not sure what he's making. But with him driving it ran a mid 11 in the 1/4 I think. And he can't drive for sh*t and he admits it. Was also on street tires.

RE: Hmmm.....
By Gzus666 on 1/13/2009 3:25:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, the Prochargers are pretty cool. Always good to run a ribbed belt with cogs so you don't get slippage. GTOs aren't the greatest for straight drags, just like Cobra Mustangs, independent rears hop pretty bad on hard launches for the most part, but they sure do make cornering sweet.

When I was younger I worked for a coatings shop, we used to get all the turbos and superchargers off the Pro 5.0 Mustangs. 4:1 drive ratio superchargers are insane, I could make boost with my hand. Some of the turbo snails I saw were psychotic. 55+psi of boost is a beautiful thing!

RE: Hmmm.....
By FITCamaro on 1/13/2009 4:01:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I'm going to an all GTO track day in Bradenton in a few weeks. Getting some drag bags to help with wheel hop and hopefully a new rear diff cover that will also help with wheel hop. As well as having a higher fluid capacity to provide better cooling.

RE: Hmmm.....
By Black69ta on 1/13/2009 5:47:40 PM , Rating: 2
Actually Screw Type Superchargers (Whipplecharger), are more thermally efficient than a Centrifugal Supercharger (Paxton).

RE: Hmmm.....
By Gzus666 on 1/13/2009 6:35:20 PM , Rating: 2
Varies by make, screw is usually 70-80%, centrifugal is 70-85% or so. Magnachargers are pretty low on that range. Rotrex is one of the higher end one, they approach turbo efficiencies because of the design. Some sweet ass chargers for sure.

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