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The Trouble with Tesla

Tesla. If there’s one car company you cannot criticise on the internet due to frankly fanatical supporters it’s Elon Musk’s electric automotive brand. Here goes…

Tesla were not actually founded by the creator of Paypal back in 2003, but Musk has pretty much led the company ever since, from it’s first car (the Lotus Elise based Roadster) to its position today as the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer. This is a simply astonishing achievement, particularly as it’s Tesla that have brought EVs to the mainstream, forcing the established car manufacturers to take EVs seriously. The raft of new EVs about to reach the market are in large part due to Tesla proving the business case.

They’ve also brought a sense of fun to the often staid motor industry, with models that literally spell ‘S3XY’, a drive mode named ‘Ludicrous’, whoopie cushion seats, and host of other mischievous features. Plus the Tesla Model 3 is the safest model ever tested by the Euro NCAP. And yet, would this TLCB writer buy one?…

Nope.

For all Tesla’s technical innovation and engineering brilliance the company’s primary function is to build cars, and they’re shockingly bad at it. Designs that use four times as many parts as they should (making repairs complicated, eye-wateringly expensive and slow), risible paint quality, panel gaps that  you could drive another car through, and chronic unreliability plague Tesla’s range. As the company tries desperately to meet demand (and to make money) the ‘finished’ cars are far from it, recreating the ownership experience of a 1970s British Leyland.

Whether Tesla can, or even wants to, sort these issues out is debatable. However what isn’t is that Mercedes-Benz, the Volkswagen Group, BMW, and many more besides wouldn’t be scrambling to go electric if it weren’t for Musk and what all started with an electrically-powered Elise. Which means when this writer is driving an EV he’ll be able to give a nod of thanks to Tesla, even though his car probably won’t actually be one.

Oh yeh, this neat digitally rendered Tesla Model 3 comes from Robson M of Flickr and there’s more to see at the link!

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Starman

Lego Tesla Roadster in Space

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds

We’ve flirted with the annual Lego bandwagon that is SHIPtember before, but this year we’ve found an entry we can really get behind.

This is a Tesla Roadster. Specifically it’s the actual Tesla Roadster owned by Paypal founder, Tony Stark inspiration, and pot enthusiast Elon Musk.

Earlier this year the Muskinator decided to launch his company’s first car, the Roadster, into space using his other company, SpaceX’s, Falcon Heavy Rocket. The little Elise-based electric sports car reached speeds of over 120,000km/h and is currently orbiting with an aphelion of 248,890,000km piloted by a mannequin named ‘Starman’.

Lego Tesla Roadster in Space

Thanks to the vacuum of space, Starman’s Roadster will continue to orbit indefinitely too, racking up considerably more miles than the 244 the car was capable of on one charge back on earth.

This huge 100-stud long homage to Elon’s ingenuous marketing project comes from TLCB newcomer Adrian Drake aka Brickfrenzy, who has built not only the ’08 Roadster but also Starman at the wheel too.

There much more to see of Adrian’s space-bound Tesla at his photostream via the link above, and you can watch the real Tesla Roadster live in orbit thanks to the wonders of YouTube by clicking here!

Lego Tesla Roadster in Space

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Electric Dreams

Lego Tesla Roadster

Tesla have a come a very long way since their first Roadster. Little more than an electrified Lotus Elise, Tesla’s first product wasn’t very good, but it was very expensive. It did not do well.

How things have changed. Not only are Tesla’s current Model S, Model 3 and Model X cars genuinely good alternatives to the established combustion engine incumbents from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac and the like, they are almost spectacularly revolutionary.

We have high hopes for this then, the new Tesla Roadster 2.0 revealed in concept form last year. With the potential for a sub 2-second 0-60mph time (even a Bugatti can’t match that) and a possible 600 mile range (although probably not at the same time), Tesla’s latest car could be everything their first wasn’t.

There’s some time before the Roadster 2.0 will reach production, so until then we have this top quality Lego version from Avanish Shrestha to keep us interested. Cunning techniques are in abundance and there’s more of the model to see at both Flickr and the Eurobricks forum.

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She’s Electric

Lego Technic Tesla Model S Remote Control

The future of transport is electric, and no manufacturer has done more to advance the technology than electric car start-up Tesla.

Founded from the proceeds of Paypal, Elon Musk’s ludicrously ambitious venture has gone from producing a humble modified Lotus Elise in tiny numbers to become the largest manufacturer of li-ion batteries in the world, completely changing the automotive landscape in the process.

This is the car that made the company, the Model S sedan, which proved that electric cars didn’t have to be slow, ugly econo-boxes, and that they could be produced at a price comparable to an internal-combustion-engined rival.

This huge Technic recreation of one of the most important cars ever built comes from Fosapifi of Eurobricks, and it’s very nearly as technology-packed as the real car.

Opening doors, hood, tailgate, jump-seats, and independent suspension all feature, and the model is controlled by two third-party power-boosting BuWizz bricks, allowing Fosapifi’s Model S to be driven by eight (yes eight!) Large Power Functions motors, plus a Servo for steering. The result is, much like the real car, a vehicle that makes way more power than you’d expect.

How much power? Click the link above to visit the Eurobricks forum for full details, you watch the Tesla in action courtesy of the video below, and you can hear today’s title track by clicking here.

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