• Nov 24, 2008
Click above for high-res image gallery of Jason's Tesla Roadster

For those who don't know Jason Calacanis, he is an original co-founder of Weblogs, Inc. As such, he is also an original founder of Autoblog and AutoblogGreen, and though his tastes lie more towards the tech side of things, he always took in interest in cars. It's no surprise then that after moving on from Weblogs, Inc. and AOL to his newest project, the human-powered search engine called Mahalo, Jason put in one of the very first orders for a Tesla Roadster. That was many, many months ago, and about a week and a half ago, his car was finally delivered.

AutoblogGreen graciously accepted Jason's invitation to swing by Mahalo's offices in Santa Monica to catch up on old times and take the Tesla out for a spin. Jason's is one of the first Roadsters with the new v1.5 drivetrain installed, and as ABG points out, he was much more willing than most owners of a six-figure car to let us drive it.

A week later we had our own Drew Phillips meet up with Jason and his Roadster to do a proper SoCal photoshoot of the car. We absolutely love this car's paint job, which is a premium option called Very Orange with matching interior accents. Check out the full photoshoot in our high-res gallery below and ABG's video of the reunion with our founder by clicking here.

Gallery: Jason Calacanis' Tesla Roadster
All photos copyright ©2008 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: AutoblogGreen]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Dvorak needs to get one, maybe it will cheer him up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does a Tesla have brakes?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It needs brakes so it doesn't drain the batteries while stopped on a hill.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Okay, so then why not just simply have a single disc on the motor shaft?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It needs brakes to bring it to a halt. Regenerative braking isn't going to do that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Okay, so then why not just simply have a single disc on the motor shaft?"

        For the same reason no cars do... Horrible braking ability? This is still a normal car btw, just with a different type of motor, the rest is all the same. I don't understand what you are getting at.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you only have one brake in the back, that brake has to do twice the work. Why not inboard? I don't know other than to say that's a very uncommon practice. Mount them in or mount them out, you still need a brake for each wheel for ABS.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Okay, I understand the reason for not having no brakes whatsoever, but why require two on the rear axle? I assume it is because the differential will make the braking performance dangerously undistributed? Why are they out board on the Tesla? The 300 SLR had in board brakes to reduce unsprung weight?
        • 6 Years Ago
        His point? I believe that Nicolas believes that regenerative braking eliminates the need for standard brakes. It does not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The photographer deserves a nice Christmas bonus.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes. While I've never been a fan of "competition orange", the photographer's artistic sense really captures the beauty of the color. Beautiful car, lovely pics!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The pics of the orange car with the iconic SoCal sunset are incredibly nice. Major props to the photographer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where has that Photographer been hiding all this time? Please use him more often. Especially for the coverage at your next autoshow.
      • 6 Years Ago
      While Orange isn't a color I would've chosen for this car, these wonderful pictures has sure convinced me that it can work.

      I love the still/blur shots, Autoblog needs more pictures from this photographer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am guessing Ken just got fired. If you don't like obsessive coverage of cool cars don't waist your time autoblog
      • 6 Years Ago
      is the "One on the floor" *really* necessary?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Tell us how you really feel. Sounds like some personal issues with you two.
      • 6 Years Ago
      An option by the name of "Very Orange"? That is just epic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How did those layoffs go Jason?
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