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Tesla Roadster Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've been poring over Tesla's IPO filing with the SEC and hidden within the indecipherable legalese is a little gem for those of us more interested in product then federal oversight.

As reported previously, the Roadster's reign is set to end in December of 2011, although Tesla will continue to take orders for the current Roadster into 2012 if its supply of "gliders" – the rolling chassis provided by Lotus and built on the same platform as the Elise/Exige – isn't exhausted.

Tesla has contracted Lotus for a total of 2,400 gliders and if the price is right, it could extend that contract to meet demand.

More importantly, Tesla confirms that the next Roadster won't arrive until production of the Model S begins in 2012, so a revised Roadster isn't in the cards until 2013 – at the earliest. Interestingly, the upstart EV automaker says that it intends to build the "next generation Tesla Roadster entirely in our own facilities." Which leads us to believe that an all-new platform could underpin the next generation model, possibly based on the Model S' architecture and shared by a range of new products. How much of the current Roadster carries over remains to be seen, but if Tesla wants to continue to assert its independence, it's fair to assume that it won't be sourcing its next chassis from another automaker.

Photos by Damon Lavrinc / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: SEC]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome... Now they need to get the Model S on the road in early 2012.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The PEM and motor would be the only parts "carried over" and even then the PEM would probably be significantly modified for use in the new Roadster, which has been rumored (here on AB) to be a 2+2 based off the Model S platform. I hope they can pull it off. Makes me wish I bought some TSLA this morning!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Read: In Toyota's own facilities
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Monkey Fetish:

        Easy, just put everything front-to-back!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not to say Toyota build bad chassis. But I would take a Lotus chassis over a left over Camry chassis. Tesla going in-house is a good thing for investors, definitely not for enthusiast and Tesla customers. It's a fine balancing act.

      • 4 Years Ago

      Proton (Lotus) re-vamps the Elise and sells Tesla the stuff to make the electro version on their own.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yea, sure. Just like the Roadster was going to come with a two-speed transmission. Or two-speed transmission 2.0. Or two-speed transmission 3.0.

      If Tesla and/or Elon Musk say the sky is blue, I suggest you take a good, long, hard look at the sky (with your hand holding onto your wallet).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tagbert: During the very, very long gestation process of the Roadster, Tesla initially promised a two-speed transmission. They tried at least three different designs and two different vendors. All of them failed. Which finally resulted in Tesla going with a one-speed transmission (and failing to meet some of their performance objectives as a result).

        It was yet another example of Tesla's basic incompetence and prevarication.