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Tesla has posted some videos on YouTube of the Roadster undergoing cold weather testing up in northern Sweden. There's nothing quite like blasting around a frozen lake in the middle of winter in a high powered sports car. There are two more video's after the jump

[Source: Tesla Motors]
Here's another video



And finally a split-mu ABS stop!


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I would like to remind a lot of people about another company all gold and glitters. The name of this company was BRE-X. Hopefully my comment will be posted and hopefully this company will not end up being another BRE-X. For some reason, it smells like BRE-X
      • 8 Years Ago
      At the end of the third video, you hear the engine noise when the tesla starts to move again. Shortly after, the tesla stops, but the noise of the engine is still loud. If you look closely, right before the end of the video, you can see the shadow of another vehicle in the bottom right moving toward the camera man. That's where you hear the engine noise....
      • 8 Years Ago
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      Trust me, the Tesla is for real. I actually rode in one yesterday! It's all electric and there is no gas engine in there. Tesla invited a group of around 40 of us in the Pacific Region of the Ferrari Club of America to visit their facilities, and there was a drawing for 6 of us to get rides in one of the prototypes. I was one of the lucky six. Without a doubt, this car has awesome acceleration. The prototype did not have 1st gear working, but even from a rolling start in 2nd (there's only 2 gears) we completely dusted a tricked out 350Z that was trying to keep up with us...there was just no way. The electric motor can spin up to something like 19,000 rpm and makes a unique sound, not unlike some engines, particularly a turbo or supercharged motor. There's also a battery cooling fan than makes some noise as well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks like Gavin Kershaw was having fun out there on the ice in the second video.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Awesome car! Questionable videos.

      That large shadow in the 3rd clip cannot be concluded to be a “large truck” LOL! It looks like a person to me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LOL! Thanks, Jimmy. I kind of was expecting a response on whether others think that there are shenanigans going on with this "Tesla" testing. But you did make me laugh, so bonus points to you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where would the benefit be in them faking the video. That would only hurt their reputation, and they'd waste a lot of money sending an Elise to Sweden without any benefits to their vehicle research which is kind of their business.

      Tesla seems serious about expanding into a real competitor, with the Whitestar and potential sedan, so I'm not going to hold on to conspiracy theories for now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My analysis for whatever it's worth: If you watch closely in the third video, the deep "engine sound" seems to start when the Tesla accelerates. . . then in the last couple of seconds the Tesla decelerates but the sound continues steadily and actually rises slightly in pitch while the shadow of the other vehicle comes into view just for an instant. I think it's merely an unfortunate happenstance that the truck engine started up just as the Tesla started to move.

      In any event, I can assure you that deep-throated sound is not the engine noise of a Lotus Elise. :)

      I don't hear the Tesla making engine noises anywhere else in these three videos. The second one (where the Tesla is under power and there's no chase car) seems particularly compelling.

      These videos are fantastic, I love to see this kind of stuff.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Driving the Tesla on ice must be tricky, since there is a lot of instatnt low end torque.
      By the way, for those who are skeptical whether it is really an electric Tesla because of the noise, where are the hot exhaust fumes ????
      All combustion engines would have visible hot fumes in the cold winter air. No such fumes can be seen in these videos.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Am I out of line?"

      Yes, I fear you are. You have cast doubt upon the Holy Tesla! You must express only awe and adoration towards any battery electric vehicle. Your devotion and faith in lithium-ion salvation must never waiver, lest you be found a heretic and cast out of "Whole Foods".

      Until the blessed lithium-ion savior comes, you must dutifully abide in your Toyota, which you must deeply regret driving. While you sometimes must drive your Toyota, you must never ever enjoy it. Driving is for transportation purposes only. Wanton recreational driving is an immoral pleasure. Such indulgence will lead to eternal sweltering for you and your children and your children's children! Remember the prophet's documentary film!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just for fun, compare and contrast the Tesla videos with the video GM released to show off the Chevy Volt. . . http://youtube.com/watch?v=R7qU1EcEZmA Which car would you rather drive? :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      The sound in the first video is definitely the chase car. In the other two videos, what your hearing the crunch of the snow tires on the cold snow. The cold dry air of northern Sweden makes for crunchy sound when you drive over it. I've spent many weeks up there testing and the sounds you hear are totally consistent. You don't really hear the car at all.
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