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Ah, those Jules Verne fanatics, you'll find them everywhere. One Tesla Roadster owner last month set upon his own tribute to the author by starting his attempt to drive around the world in – yes – 80 days. Even better, it's now a race to be the first world round trip driver with a standard EV (that "standard" is important, since the Solar Taxi has already made the trip back in 2007-2008, a journey that took 17 months.

In 1873, the man who pioneered science fiction, Jules Verne, wrote one of his most acclaimed books: Around the World in Eighty Days. The book places Phileas Fogg in a bet with friends that he could make it around the world in 80 days. Doing so today, even with modern transportation, would be a challenge without the proper budget; but doing it in an electric car that needs to be recharged every few hundred miles, some would think impossible.

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Faithful readers of AutoblogGreen may be well aware of the high-performance abilities of electric drivetrains on the drag strip (see White Zombie, Black Current and Lawless Rocket for examples) but sadly, many others haven't yet gotten the torque-rules memo.

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Marc Cameron and Paul "Moose" Curtis, are an artistic twosome that are exceedingly skilled at turning dirt, grime and muck into art. In fact, the pair have teamed up to create our favorite kind of art – the sort that features automobiles as the subject. Starting with a spot on a dirt-covered wall in Munich, Moose and Cameron remove the buildup of gunk in various layers leaving behind their desired image.

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Plug your ears and keep your eyes glued to the screen. What we present here is rare footage of a Tesla Model S and a Tesla Roadster side-by-side on a picturesque, chicane-filled road. The music, in typical Tesla fashion, drowns out any automotive noise, including the wondrous whirring that emanates from these magnificent machines as they whiz on down the road.

Tesla Roadster competing in BMW CCA AutoX – Click above to watch video after the jump

When most people grenade their engine, they either swap out a new one or strip their heartless car down for parts. Croatia's Mate Rimac is not most people.

Tesla Roadster on Jay Leno's Garage, take 2.5 – Click above to watch video after the jump

Progress is steadily being made to bring the Brazilian-based OBVIO! mini cars to the U.S. through ZAP. The California-based automobile distributor that brought us the SMART fortwo before DaimlerChrysler itself has already prepurchased 50,000 units. And finally we can see the 828 in action in this video of the car tooling around an Orlando parking lot.