• Sep 3, 2012
noooooooooo!!!!!! game over! +++ I'm fine!!!!

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.






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      Vince
      • 2 Years Ago
      sounds exactly like the classic hare and tortouse race, he could still win if elon flys some mechanics to his location
      Anne
      • 2 Years Ago
      If he drives it home on an electric flatbed, does that still count?
        Marco Polo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Anne
        @ Anne, Brilliant suggestion ! I have a tandem trailer easily capable of transporting the wreak to Barcelona, towed by the LEVRR. The trip would have been fully electric, and no different from transporting the Tesla by sea ! But, I suppose it would be unfair to the Electric Odyssey crew, who have had to endure so many miles in a little Citroen C-Zero.
      Anne
      • 2 Years Ago
      " which is supposed to get back to their starting point some time in October" I'd say he could hurry home, take delivery of his Model S and still beat the C-Zero.
      Gary
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe because of the sun, but to me in the video I could not see the break lights come on the from the Toyota.
      Tweaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      '....initiated by a car 7 cars ahead.....' In other words, he was following too close for his speed.
        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tweaker
        I agree 100%. BUT, pretty much everyone follows too close. There is a range of WAY too close to slightly too close, but I don't know anybody who actually follows by 3-4 seconds.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          LTW I was always told to follow the 3 sec rule. Besides, the Tesla is a light sport car with top notch brakes. He must have been driving real close.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          "Besides, the Tesla is a light sport car with top notch brakes." That must be why so many Roadster owners install upgraded brakes.
          Greg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          The Tesla didn't have to be driving as close as you might think. If the accident initiated 7 cars in front, then the accumulation of each of those cars driving too close contributes to the problem. It is much harder to avoid an accident when following 2 sec behind if the car in front of you hits an immovable object & abruptly halts compared to emergency braking (and thus giving you another 100 ft or more of braking space). However, while tough to tell from the vid, it looks like with road conditions, amount of traffic, etc, the Tesla driver really can't blame anyone else.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          Three or four seconds? The "Two-Second Rule" is the general rule of thumb. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-second_rule
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like they are trying to get it back on the road http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=401606933240111&set=a.331151746952297.76295.330205613713577&type=1&theater
      Roy_H
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it beyond repair? Maybe it can be repaired, and he can still finish.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        I bet the battery and drivetrain are OK. They should be able to make a temporary repairs to the cooling system and enough bodywork to allow the car to finish - maybe not good enough for highway speeds but good enough to get there in time!
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        Hard to say from the photo, but it doesn't look good. The battery pack and drive train are likely to be undamaged, but the cooling system, essential for proper operation of the battery pack and motor, is severely damaged, as are some of the other essential under-hood components. Cannot tell if there is any frame damage, or potential wheel alignment problems. On the brighter side, being just 600 miles from where he started, he should be able to contact his insurance agent, and he should be close enough to a Tesla facility for repairs (if repairs are possible)
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          How can you tell? Just looks like front bodywork to me.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          It is truly heartwarming to see Tesla send in five techs to rebuild the car! I wonder what the parts count / bill will end up being?
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          What do you think the cost of replacement parts would be for every body panel ahead of the windshield? Two CF fenders, and a CF hood to start with... The headlights are both completely gone, and there's substantial damage to the underlying front sub-frame (especially on the driver's side). Looks like more than just bodywork, to me. Otherwise, he'd be able to cobble it back together, and keep driving, right?
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          The Roadster has a bonded aluminum monocoque chassis; IMHO not the best candidate for repair with that much damage. This one is done, pretty much just good as a parts car now.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks fixable, but it won't be cheap.
      Rr778
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty sure the car in front of you doesn't initiate the crash if you rearend them.... Except for that autoblog video of the stalled out car that was Rollin backwards, but I suppose in that case the front car backed into the rear car.
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      5 technicians? Oh, you mean mechanics.
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM did it......................
      Scambuster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Get it repaired quickly within a few days, just the electric propulsion, and Rafael can still beat the lousy Mitsubishi EV and claim the world record.
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