Toto’s 1982 hit Africa has seemingly been covered a million times. But we can say with certainty that this is the first time we’ve heard it played by a pair of high-voltage Tesla coils. We could almost feel the hairs on the back of our neck standing up from the electricity. Performance by Franzoli Electronics.
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If you want to charge up the big battery packs in a Tesla in any reasonable amount of time, you need a special high-voltage charger. But is it possible to recharge one of Elon Musk’s electric cars with human power? Watch as nine cyclists in Finland attempt to do just that, with their bicycles wired up to a Tesla Model X.
Marques Brownlee of MKBHD shows off Origin’s crazy high-end gaming PC. It’s built into the frunk of a kid-size Tesla Model S, and packs an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X CPU with 12 cores, a Hydro X liquid cooling system, iCUE RGB lighting, 6TB of SSD storage, 32GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti GPU. And yes, it still drives.
Automotive manufacturers have been called on to use their production expertise to help build ventilators to stem shortages and save lives. GM and Ford have already started to help, and now Tesla’s engineers are showing off their design for a custom respirator, made with car parts they already have on hand.
Mattel and Tesla have teamed up to create two remote-controlled toys based on Elon Musk’s crazy looking electric pickup. The 1/64-scale version will sell for 20 bucks, while the 1/10-scale version will go for $400, and even includes “cracked window” stickers. They’re only available in limited quantities, and will ship in December 2020.
It seems as if the primitive design of Tesla’s Cybertruck makes it fairly easy to replicate, so this one resourceful dad decided to build his kid a Cybertruck body for his electric go kart. Just for fun, he let the kid use it to tow his Mercedes-Benz R-Class MPV. It also does a mean J-turn.
Why wait until 2021 for Tesla to start shipping Cybertrucks, when you can just build your own? That’s what the guys from Russian car-hacking channel Garage 54 did. While their version of the primitive looking truck looks the part, we’re certain the formerly concrete-armored UAZ truck it’s built on isn’t very energy efficient.
The guys at Nukazooka poke fun at the low poly look of the Tesla Cybertruck with this hilarious clip that imagines a pocket-sized gadget that could turn anything into a primitive and clunky version of itself. We wonder what would happen if you pointed it at LEGO’s Cybertruck.
The What’s Inside? channel presents one of its more costly videos, as they rip apart open one of the powerful drive motors from a Tesla Model S to see all of the gears, goo, and other goodies inside. This particular rear motor dates back to 2012, and was purchased off of eBay.
(PG-13: Language) EV maker Tesla is working on a pickup truck, but Simone Giertz doesn’t have the patience to wait for its release. Instead, she did what any enterprising maker with a massive YouTube following would do – she called in her friends to help carve up a Tesla Model 3 and make it into a ute, dubbed the “Truckla.”
Automotive madman Jimmy Built managed to cram the drive unit from a Tesla Model S and the battery pack from a Chevy Volt into an old Honda Accord. The result is a crazy lightweight car that can do 0-to-60 in about 2.7 sec, and sounds like a remote-controlled toy doing it.
There’s quite literally something electric in the air with this high voltage performance of Queen’s rock opera. Electronics wiz Fabrício H. Franzoli programmed a duo of solid state Tesla coils to “sing” a portion of the track. His take on Daft Punk is pretty awesome too.
Tesla recently shared this brief time-lapse video shot from the point-of-view of a Model 3 going through the company’s assembly line. The car’s thousands of parts are installed by a combination of human and machine workers. We’d love to see a longer, narrated version.
(PG-13: Language) “When I’m conquering MySpace… It’s actual SPACE, man. Two giants of technology face off in a battle for the modern age, as the innovative, yet controversial duo brag about their achievements, in this satirical rap about their two very different styles.
Elon Musk is often hailed as a visionary, and his companies Tesla and SpaceX are often looked upon favorably. But a decade ago, both companies were days away from going bankrupt, with no brilliant solution in sight. Of course, those wouldn’t be his only challenges.
Actor Verne Troyer bought himself a present from a charity auction this holiday season – a Tesla Model S. But rather than go for the 6-figure P100D with Ludicrous mode, he went for the right-sized Radio Flyer edition, which maxes out at 6 mph, but is still a proper EV.
Tesla is back with a new version of the car that put it on the map. The all-new 2+2 Tesla Roadster goes from 0-to-60 in a mindblowing 1.9s, 1/4 mile in 8.8s, has a top speed of 250 mpg, and will offer a driving range of up to 620 miles. It’s $200K to start, but still, holy crap.
In less than 15 years, a new player in the car industry managed to convince America that electric cars can be stylish and practical. With the coming of the Model 3, Tesla co-founder Elon Musk hopes to tack on the last crucial adjective: attainable.
Lift the engine cover of this 1973 Porsche 911S, and there it is, a Tesla Model S power system in this vintage sports car. DriveWithDave met up with its builder Zelectric to scoot around town, the steep hills of San Diego flattened by the massive torque of the electric drivetrain.
From the factory, the Tesla Model S P100D can do 0-to-60 in 2.5s in Ludicrous mode. But this race-prepped version will do it in 2.0s flat, thanks to an 1100 lb. weight loss, a boost to 778hp, an aero body kit, and race suspension. The cars race in the new Electric GT series.
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