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If bad luck were to ever strike, you'd hope it wouldn't be while closing in on the around the world EV record in your Tesla Roadster. But that's just what happened to Rafael de Mestre. With only 600 miles left in his world record bid, Rafael tweeted "Game Over" after his Tesla collided with the car in front of him. Rafael mentioned that the accident was caused by a BMW seven cars ahead of the one he hit.

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Miraculously, it being only a few days after the accident, five Tesla technicians working in parallel rebuilt his Tesla. Given the speed of the fix, Rafael is already back on the road.

After meeting Rafael in person, we can say that he truly loved his Tesla, just by the way he spoke about it. We're happy to hear that Rafael is safe and already on his way home with a repaired ride.


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      abskin1956
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks like the tires are worn out on the inside, alignment?
      DRILLER
      • 2 Years Ago
      maybe they should have hired someone who could drive LEGALLY to attempt the record. following to close is a bad thing.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not necessarily jerks. You're driving 65/70 on the highway and you don't realize the other cars in front of you JUST had a wreck do you really think you're going to have time to stop COMPLETELY?
        larryeart
        • 2 Years Ago
        That's why driver's education classes teach us to allow 1 car length for EVERY 10 mile/per/hour of speed you are driving. 65-70 means stay back 6 1/2- 7 car lengths for when a car crashes/instant stop in front of you- not just hits his brakes. Most clowns follow 1 car length back when travelling 60. If car in front crashes- you wont even get your foot to the brake, mush less stop the car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      if you hit some one from behind then you were following too close so it is your fault not the car in front of you
        HAT1701D
        • 2 Years Ago
        "Too close" is relative depending on speed and road type. In town on roads marked 35 MPH? Try atleast 3 car lengths minimum. On the freeway or interstate and going 70 -80 MPH? Try 7 car lengths MINIMUM. But like that ever happens. I can't even begin to count the number of times that people think the interstate and freeway system is the United States NASCAR Network.....Look in the rear view, see nothing but grille and headlight. Drafting, it's for fuel efficiency.
          PatTheRat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @HAT1701D
          Try having 7 car lengths between you and the car in front - everybody will cut in front of you. If you slow back down to put 7 between you and the a-hole that just cut in front of you, somebody else will pull in front. It's literally impossible to keep that many car-lengths between you and the other car in most large cities where there is traffic to deal with.
      • 2 Years Ago
      We were hit with a $500 insurance increase for my wife's Honda. Both of us have a perfect driving record with no claims ever. Shocked by this increase I went online to get some quotes for her car. The two sites I first visited were actually more expensive than our new rate, but then I found ( http://tinyurl.com/BestInsuranceQuotes ) I got a quote within minutes and ended up saving over $300 on our car insurance!
        Frenchie
        • 2 Years Ago
        LL, When will you learn... Advertising is not allowed. Reported... Again.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the batteries are in the front ,wouldn't that mean the front end would have a heavier structural frame like a Mack truck.. The weight would cause the tires to toe out ,causing wear on the inside of the tires .plus the car front end nose dive under the car it hit.. So most of the damage is done to top not the under carriage.. no engineer , just been involved one to many wrecks
      deckbuildermail
      • 2 Years Ago
      In the US, one can not blame a driver ahead for causing an accident. If you rear end someone, my friend, you are at fault. Should have been driving and not texting, it would seem.
        scificarolinaguy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @deckbuildermail
        Actually, many states have comparative negligence laws, which assigns fault based on who contributed the most to the accident.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Accident was from 7 cars in front, RFLMAO, If you was at the proper distance behind the other vehicles and paying attn to what was in front of you, this never would have happened, this is just another case of the rich snobby people who think it is always everyone else, and as soon as he hit the car, he texted game over, he was on the freeway for awhile and they should go get the records to see if he was texting while driving, it is only obvious, and he didnt just hit the other car in front, he destroyed his front end, just goes to prove what a Loser he really is
      harleydavid105
      • 2 Years Ago
      He is completely at fault.
      PatTheRat
      • 2 Years Ago
      If he'd been driving any other vehicle, he might have been able to stop in time. Sounds like bad brakes on the Tesla. Consumer Reports couldn't even get their Tesla out of the parking lot before it started having problems. I'd avoid them like the plague.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PatTheRat
        Wrong car....it wasn't the Tesla
      Angelat31901
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow....how fast was he going? The damage to his vehicle was extensive
        Sekinu2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Angelat31901
        Not really. The car is carbon fiber and basically explodes like a bomb on impact. The sub structure appears to not be bad at all. Mostly cosmetic body and wiring cuts.Im sure it was tens of thousands though since the battery is in the nose at $8500 to $12000 to replace.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sekinu2
          There is no battery in the nose. The large battery pack is located directly behind the passenger compartment. The only thing they had to replace was probably some wiring, the headlights, and all the carbon fiber bits on the front.
      larry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow ! I've not heard one good word regarding the Tesla vehicle. Consumer Reports could not even get their test vehicle out of the parking lot before it stopped running and had to be towed to the shop. Needless to say, I won't be buying a Tesla anytime soon or in the distant future. It's expensive, junk.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @larry
        Nonsense...the Tesla is a perfect car in every way. You are mistaken.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @larry
        Nonsense...the Tesla is a perfect car in every way. You are mistaken.
        RayVan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @larry
        Larry, you're confusing the Fisker Carma with the Tesla. Tesla does not have any reliablility issues.
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