• Oct 21st 2010 at 4:59PM
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Do you remember the exact moment when you discovered that you loved the automobile? We're not so sure we can pin down that exact moment ourselves, but this video shows the precise second that one young man earns his wheels.

A camera fixed on the face of a youngster taking his first ride in a Tesla Roadster 2.5 shows that internal combustion isn't required for the automobile to dig its claws into our hearts. The post-jump video starts out slowly enough as the young fella chats it up with who appears to be a family friend or relative, but about 22 seconds in said driver slams the Tesla's go pedal, producing one of the most genuine expressions of fear and excitement we've ever seen.

We knew the Tesla Roadster packed a serious battery-powered punch, but we didn't know it could make you call out for your mommy. Hit the jump to watch this boy receive the call and reminisce about your own induction to the class of auto fandom in the comments. Hat tip to Robinson!

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      • 4 Years Ago
      and so his indoctrination begins...soon he will be one of us...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give a ride in a proper beutiful sounding v12 supercar and really watch him glow .
      • 4 Years Ago
      v6sonoma, please.
      electric owns v8's primitive self.
      and the tesla roadster is only a glimmer of what is possible with electric drive. relatively heavy car and relatively modest power. expect half the weight and 4 times the power.
      that's right. a power to weight ratio 8 times higher than the tesla roadster.
      your stupid V8 is going bye bye. mark my words.
      I see dead ICE
      • 4 Years Ago
      That reminds me of riding in the back seat of my momma's '79 Grand Prix as a 3 year old - one never forgets the feeling that first time you are pushed so far back into the seat that your breath gets taken away. The good old days but at least the Tesla doesnt get 6 to 8 MPGs ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too funny! So basically illustrates most, if not all of us performance enthusiasts;
      Fear, followed immediately by intense interest. Just love it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...and the battery is dead.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I probably looked more terrified than this kid when my buddy took me for a spin in his '77 Road Runner. I can't remember how much power he had in that thing, but I will certainly never forget how scary the back-alley to street entry was....sideways.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First time I ever had this reaction was in a Grand National.
      The second time in a Viper.

      There is no feeling like it.

      I just am not feeling the Tesla.
      There is one here in town and it looked cheap and old right from the beginning and not that great. Not to mention that I can't get in it and drive to Chicago or NY or any other long distance.

      The R8 that a guy in town just bought just cleans this car's clock and looks and sounds a 1000 times better for about the same price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds.

        The physics is the same whether the powertrain is electric or gasoline. Your opinion is pathetically biased.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Did you not learn how to read in school?
        Please re-read my comment and explain to me where you came up with the ignorant comment you just made.

        I spoke about how the Tesla looks and sounds and its range that you can drive it.

        God I can't stand ignorant people.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember my uncle had a Ferrari F40 when I was about that age. I had a similar reaction upon my first ride in it, though there was a lot more engine noise.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You mean, AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The kid is posing the whole time. (Why does he keep looking at the lens?) Thank goodness they didn't run into anything or we'ld be watch the kids neck snap on the shoulder strap. Booster seat perhaps?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does that seat belt not lower down a bit? That kid will be decapitated.
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