• Aug 20th 2009 at 2:56PM
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Tesla Model S in motion - Click above for high-res image gallery

Just a day after releasing new images of the Tesla Roadster Sport, the Silicon Valley automaker has gone and unleashed its Model S in a series of actual at-speed driving shots. While we've seen high-res shots of the Model S in the studio from Tesla Motors and we've witnessed the car moving under its own electric power ourselves, this is the first time the automaker has published a photo series of its own showing the car in motion.

Looking a bit closer, we can see that it is none other than Tesla design chief Franz Von Holzhausen behind the wheel of the Model S in these images. Lucky guy. Unfortunately, drivers who didn't help design the Model S but want to pilot the car will need to wait until Q3 of 2011 for the chance.


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[Source: Tesla via egmCarTech]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks lovely. One thought though... Why does an electric car need an aperture in the front to let air in as if a radiator needed cooling? Is it real, or is it a design cue to keep it looking like a conventional car?
        • 6 Years Ago
        There is a radiator in the front. The battery, motor, and power electronics in this car are all water cooled. Of course the temps don't really approach that of an ICE.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Also, the Model S has air conditioning, and that needs a radiator, too.

        The actual opening for the radiators is smaller than it appears, so it's partially for looks as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      end of 2011 gives me time to get my money right, save up some, pay off my current car....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Also anyone know anything about the development of the Blue Star (perhaps Model C)
        • 6 Years Ago
        The "blue star" hasn't been officially named, but could be "Model T" or "Model E". It will likely be smaller than the Model S, and Tesla Motors hopes to get the price down to $30,000 or less for a mass market appeal. Not yet known exactly when it will arrive, but I'd expect it in 2013 or 2014.

        Too early in development to know much else about it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gorgeous. Anyone know who designed it?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Franz von Holzhausen, the guy shown driving it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I must say that is a very nice looking car. I know its out of most people price range but.. If I had that kind of cash i'd get one one them over a Lexus/BMW etc...

      Still.. more like a Pininfarina Bluecar or Nissan Leaf for me I think
        • 6 Years Ago
        Got much info on the Pininfarina Bluecar? Things seem to have gone a bit quiet about that car but I like the styling A LOT! I hope it's going to be affordable but I think it will be more than the Leaf and the iMiEV.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Freakin' awesome..
      $50k for a car like this is NOT BAD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Since battery performance degrades in colder temperatures, I'd say... not well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Will the Model S be available worldwide when it is released or will it be restricted to CA or just the USA?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looking at FAQ #4.
      This car can seat 7? 2 child seats can fit the hatch area? Interesting....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Basically it's like stuffing your baby's car seat in the trunk. Nobody wants that. It's a gimmick.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is arguably as good or better looking than the Fisker Karma...both are hot. I won't even argue...just accept them both as good. I do wonder how these things would stack up to a month or two of -40° Manitoba winter. Would there be enough charge after a night outside to get going? Would the windchill at speed knock some of its range right outta the park? I'd get half way to work and be done? (30 miles one way) At least I'd be in the prettiest car not stuck in a ditch full of snow. I'd just be sitting on the highway lookin' cool. Literally.

      I think I'll wait for the 1:25 scale to come out. At least I can afford that. LOL
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think my ordinary gasoline car will work at -40!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Blackbirdhighway:

        That shows what you know about operating a car in Manitoba. :)

        Let's just say that Canada doesn't close it's doors at -40.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Amazing design. They seem to be leading most the world in the development and they just started?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Franz Von Holzhausen, the guy driving in these pictures, is the guy who designed it. He used to work at Mazda as "Director of Design".

        http://www.cardesignnews.com/site/home/rss_display/item128801/

        He had been with Mazda since 2005 so to have a practically brand-new startup car company come calling also shows you how much he believes (or at least "likes") what Tesla is doing.

        I personally see a mix of Mazda and Maserati in the Model S.
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