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2011 Tesla Model S - Click above for a high-res image gallery

The crew from On Cars had a chance to spend some quality time with the Tesla Model S and some of the key people bringing this sweet sedan to fruition. In the first of three videos (the other two haven't been released yet), not only are we treated to some gorgeous shots of the Model S, inside and out, but also have the chance to listen to designer Franz von Holzhausen talk at length about the object of our fastback desire. If you've been paying attention to every detail released about the all-electric so far, there might not be a lot of new material for you here, though interestingly, the Model S does get the year 2011 attached to it. That seems a little soon seeing as a factory hasn't been built or acquired yet, but we digress.

Even if you do happen to know every bit of Model S minutiae, it is nice to hear the passion and excitement Franz has for the project as he talks with ardor about proportion and aerodynamics. You can see why Tesla chief, Elon Musk hired him on in the first place. But enough jabbering, hit the jump and check it out for yourself.




[Source: On Cars]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a nice looking car. Its alot better looking than the volt. It has the look of about 8 cars from which I see. They will sell a ton if they can bring it in at a great low price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Franz Von Hubba Hubba
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm saving up for when it comes out! I want one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love the looks, and it is great to see someone who knows what they are doing with a design pen. The grille is a tad odd, being so oval, but other than that, the aesthetic design is solid.

      I LOVED his Kabura concept, as well, and of course Mazda is too timid to actually build that.

      I remain unconvinced of the underpinnings meeting the targets they have set for it, for the price point they've also set. But I guess we'll have to see how it goes.

      I wish a NORMAL car were so well designed. Why can't the new Subaru legacy look like a slick 5-door sporty sedan, with it's tried and capable, and optionally quite sporty drivetrain...

      Good design doesn't cost THAT much more than bad design, other than the Human Resources department. Bad design just costs sales.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hot
        • 5 Years Ago
        You talking about Franz?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love the Model S..

      • 5 Years Ago
      von Holzhausen you say - when it comes to auto design it's always best to rely on the Germany nobility. Just ask Albrecht von Goertz.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Franz is from Connecticut. He was trained as a designer at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
        • 5 Years Ago
        He's Dutch American, not German.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm... wasn't this car designed by Fisker??

      Or... did the Tesla design team redo the whole design in a year? I think it's Fisker..
        • 5 Years Ago
        this was not Fisker's design.

        Fisker did a design for tesla under contract, and then unveiled his Karma concept. Tesla was pretty pissed that he was doing a competing project for himself while working for them and tried to sue him on the grounds that he purposely gave them a design inferior to the one he kept for his own concept. unfortunately for Tesla its pretty hard to sue someone based on the "quality" of something so subjective as design.

        the case was thrown out, Fisker's design was scrapped and Tesla brought in von Holzhausen to quickly pump out a more competitive design
      • 5 Years Ago
      This has to be one of the nicest designed sedans I've ever seen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really great work here. I think the future looks bright for these guys and the auto industry in general. I could see myself driving that. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Something bothers me about Elon Musk. The way the designer talked about it was complete passion and love for the Model S, but Musk just sounded like a promoter, not a parent.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's exactly how some of the greatest products are killed. Much like the late EV1 electric vehicle by GM back in 1999.

        Profit vs Practicality
        Businessmen vs Engineer/Designer
        • 5 Years Ago
        Either that or the guy was caught by the video production team in the middle of a noisy event and had a lot on his mind.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The front has like a Maserati GranTurism style front.... anyone else see this?
        • 5 Years Ago
        its got the "V" in the center of the oval grill, making it look maserati-esque..... otherwise, it doesn't really "look" like the granturismo.

        you will find similarities in certain elements of cars.... grills for example come in many shapes in sizes, but several can be described as being similar to others, however, its the way that the rest of the design interacts and compliments/contrasts with that grill that will set each car apart.

        people focus too much on certain details and are quick to judge and compare, try to evaluate the whole design, and, of course, in person
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