Jason Calacanis was a co-founder of Weblogs Inc., the professional blog network of which ABG and Autoblog are a part. He also played a major part in the advent of AutoblogGreen before he left the company about a year after it was sold to AOL. Since a week and a half ago, Jason has also been the proud owner of a bright orange Tesla Roadster. Jason's car is #16 of the Signature 100 series that followed the original Founder's Series, which were a short run of cars that went to the original investors. After we finished up our official duties at the LA Auto Show last week, Sebastian and I headed over to Jason's offices in Santa Monica where he runs his current endeavor, the human-powered search engine Mahalo.com, to catch up on old times and check out his new toy.
Unlike most people with enough money to afford a $110,000 car, Jason was more than happy to let both Sebastian and I take his brand new Tesla Roadster for a spin. We have both driven Roadsters before, though our collective time spent behind the wheel of a Tesla has been with the interim drivetrain that offered lower performance, but Jason's car is one of the first production units built with drivetrain 1.5.
Just before we silently rolled out onto the street, a second blue Tesla Roadster pulled in beside us. That car turned out to be the #27 and the last of the Founder Series cars. It belongs to a gentleman who is an investor in both Tesla and Mahalo and who prefers to remain nameless.
Photos copyright ©2008 Drew Phillips, Sam Abuelsamid, Sebastian Blanco / Weblogs, Inc.
When we pulled out of the Mahalo parking lot, the new, higher torque motor immediately made its presence felt. While the interim drivetrain always had great performance at higher speeds, the off-line-performance was quick but not exceptional. Not any more. The Roadster now leaps off the line faster than almost anything else on the road. When it was time for me to hand over the wheel to Sebastian, Jason suggested pulling into a gas station just for kicks. As Jason and I chatted on camera for a few minutes, a tanker pulled in to fill the storage tanks.
We were so smitten the color of Jason's Tesla Roadster, which is a premium option called Very Orange, that we asked him if we could have more rendezvous with the car the following weekend. This time we gave the keys to Drew Phillips, a phenom photographer whose work can usually be found only on Autoblog. This time he did some moonlighting for ABG, and we're glad he did. Check out his photoshoot with Jason's Tesla in the gallery below to see why the Roadster should become the new pinup supercar for the green age of motoring.