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Tesla Roadster Now Available With Warp Drive
11-13-2008, 11:09 PM,
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Tesla Roadster Now Available With Warp Drive
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http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/11/tesla-roadster.html

No more than a few dozen people have been lucky enough to get their hands on a Tesla Roadster, but if any one of them wants something even more exclusive, the guys at Brabus can give their car warp drive.

The German tuning haus best known for building tricked-out, souped-up Mercedes coupes and sedans went to town on a Roadster, decking it out with all manner of carbon-fiber gee-gaws, adding some lightweight wheels and slathering it with matte white paint. There wasn't much Brabus could do for the drivetrain — it's not as if Brabus wants to start messing around with electric motors and lithium-ion batteries — so it settled for installing what it calls a "space sound generator" to mimic the sound of a V8 engine, a race-tuned engine or what Brabus describes as "two futuristic soundscapes named 'Beam' and 'Warp.'"

We swear we're not making this up.

Brabus says the space sound generator was designed "to give the sports car a more exciting sound," and notes "the volume of the sound is dependent upon the momentary power output of the electric motor." In other words, the faster you go, the louder it gets. We have no idea what "beam" and "warp" sound like because Brabus didn't provide any MP3s, but we hope "beam" sounds like George Jetson's space car and "warp" sounds like a TIE fighter.

The silly science fiction extends to the interior, where Brabus installed "entrance lights shaped like futuristic space lights," whatever those are. That said, the rest of the interior looks great — we love the white trim inserts, and the Alcantara dash is hot. Exterior tweaks include a carbon-fiber accents on the front apron, side air inlets and rear diffuser. There's a custom carbon-fiber wing, and those Brabus wheels (18 inches up front, 19 in the back) wrapped with low-rolling resistance Pirellis look sharp. Ditto the matte white paint.

No word on what the tuned Tesla will run, but if you can afford $109,000 for a stock Roadster, you probably aren't worried about it.
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11-13-2008, 11:14 PM,
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Tesla Roadster Now Available With Warp Drive
Unless it powers itself and your house from it's wireless power transmission, it's a slight to Tesla's name. B)
Aside from that, at least it's electric and that's a step in the right direction.
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