- Sep 3, 2012
Around-the-world Tesla tour crashes just 600 miles from finish line [w/video] *UPDATE
That's how Rafael de Mestre let his fans know that his attempt to be the first to drive around the world in a standard all-electric car, a Tesla Roadster, had come to an end. De Mestre posted the above picture to Facebook along with a short video of "the black day of the race" showing the crash and some of the aftereffects (see it below). The Roadster rear-ended a Toyota Auris in Germany and de Mestre says, "First findings: crash was initiated by a BMW driving 7 cars in front of [the Roadster], who crashed into the ahead driving car."
In the long-distance race, De Mestre was competing against the Electric Odyssey crew, which is supposed to get back to their starting point some time in October after circumnavigating the world in a Citroen C-Zero EV (the Mitsubishi i's sister vehicle). The French engineers in the C-Zero started their trip in February 2012, and de Mestre took off in May with the goal to overtake the shorter-range EV somewhere along the way. He managed to do that, but now it looks like the slow and steady duo will be able to claim the record, as long as their luck holds.
*UPDATE: De Mestre says on Facebook that, "Tesla is repairing [the Roadster] with 5 technicians in parallel!" See the picture below.