Mental Floss’ latest Scatterbrained dropped a ton of trivia about today’s technological and engineering marvels. Learn about the skyscraper with the biggest clocks in the world, a brief history of robots, Tesla and Panasonic’s massive battery factory and more.
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.
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.
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.
DragTimes presents a quarter-mile drag race between two cars coming from opposite ends and meeting in the middle. In the red corner, we have a comfortable and mild-mannered entry level supercar. In the blue corner is a family sedan, albeit the world’s quickest one.
Tesla continues to outdo itself with its Model S. The new top-of-the-line variant does 0-to-60 in 2.5 seconds in Ludicrous mode, as fast as the most expensive hypercars, and amazing for a 5-seat family sedan. Battery range is now up to 315 mi, and P90D buyers can upgrade their cars.
Tesla teamed up with wagon and toy maker Radio Flyer to create a diminutive version of its luxurious and eco-friendly Model S Sedan. Like the real deal, it uses fast-charging lithium ion batteries, though its Ludicrous Mode tops out at 6mph. Drops 5/16 for $500 to $800.