|Layout||Mid-mounted electric, RWD|
|Transmission||Single Speed, "Flat" Torque Delivery (2nd Generation Tesla)|
|Batteries||Custom microprocessor-controlled lithium-ion battery pack, with useful life in excess of 100,000 miles.|
|Electric Motor||3-phase, 4-pole electric motor|
|Horsepower||248 equivalent hp peak (185kW)|
|Wheels||BRABUS Monoblock S light-alloy wheels in size 7Jx18 in front and in size 8.5Jx19 in back|
|Tires||Pirelli P Zero Nero high-performance tires in size 215/35 ZR 18 in front and in size 255/30 ZR 19 rear|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph||3.9 seconds|
|Top Speed||125 mph|
|Charge Time||3.5 hours|
The Tesla Roadster, for the uninitiated a Tesla electric car with real world green sports car potential, has spirited performance and respectable Lotus-derived styling. It was only a matter of time before one of the many top tuning houses came along with a Tesla Roadster tuning package to take full advantage of this unique electric sports car.
Granted, Tesla tuning should be used loosely here. The BRABUS Tesla Roadster gets upgrades that are mostly skin-deep, but as an entire package they come across as tasteful and forward thinking, in a Disney Tomorrowland sort of way.
Complete Tesla Roadster Electric Car Interior and Styling Overhaul
The Tesla Roadster is a sporty machine from the get-go, but it is more Miata than Lotus Elise in character by the time the design is finished. BRABUS puts the beef and sharp edges back into the Tesla's design, further accentuating this landmark electric car from the pack.
BRABUS logos abound, but the new lighting is the real exterior highlight. New BRABUS side marker lamps adorn the Tesla, fitting with the electric car/space ship theme. BRABUS illuminated door rocker lights are visible when the doors open or when activated on the key fob, and are described as "shaped like futuristic space lights." Awesome, if you're into that sort of thing.
Further accentuating Tesla electric car styling are front and rear carbon fiber spoilers, and a conservative wingspeaks to the electric sports car's performance potential. Flat white paint and fancy undercarriage lighting round out the styling package.
Tesla Roadster Electric Car Virtual Engine Noise - Lots of Fun!
Now this one was good for a few chuckles. The National Federation of the Blind, among other groups, has lobbied hard for all electric cars and dual-mode hybrids to be equipped with noisemakers while in motion to aid the blind in traveling safely as pedestrians.
BRABUS's solution for the Tesla's silent electric motor is to fit the car with what they are calling the space sound generator. The idea of driver-selectable engine noise programs, which are relative to throttle load, is just too fun. Want a big displacement V8 in your Tesla? How about the whine of a turbo rotary? BRABUS even offers otherworldly sounds called 'space' and 'warp' unlike anything coming from a fossil burner.
The Tesla tuning package is available now, that is if you can get your hands on one of the rare $100,000 Tesla Roadster electric sports cars. If you don't make 8 figures, better get in line.
The Very First Tuned Electric Car Comes From BRABUS: BRABUS Customization Program for the Tesla Roadster
Official BRABUS Press Release
The first tuned electric car comes from BRABUS: The first project of the future cooperation between Tesla Motors, Inc. and the new BRABUS business division Zero Emission celebrates its world debut at the 2008 Essen Motor Show. BRABUS (www.brabus.com) presents an exclusive customization program for the Tesla Roadster, the world’s first electrically powered production sports car.
The new BRABUS logo with added lightning bolt is the trademark of BRABUS Zero Emission vehicles.
To give the sports car a more exciting sound the BRABUS electronics specialists have developed a ‘space sound generator.’ The occupants on-board the Tesla Roadsters can choose from several simulated engine sounds including that of a typical V8 combustion engine, a racecar engine and two futuristic soundscapes named ‘Beam’ and ‘Warp.’ The volume of the sound is dependent on the momentary power output of the electric motor.
A custom-tailored BRABUS tire/wheel combination further improves handling characteristics. The two-seater is refined with weight-optimized BRABUS Monoblock S light-alloy wheels in size 7Jx18 in front and in size 8.5Jx19 in back. BRABUS technology partner Pirelli provides the corresponding P Zero Nero high-performance tires in size 215/35 ZR 18 in front and in size 255/30 ZR 19 on the rear axle. These tires were developed to deliver minimum rolling resistance.
The two-seater also receives an even more striking exterior at BRABUS. The customization measures include a special high-quality ‘matte white’ paintjob. To give the mid-engine sports car an even more enticing face the BRABUS designers treat the front apron to a lightweight carbon-fiber front lip and daytime running lights integrated into the front grille. Matte-white surrounds for the headlamps add interesting detail to the overall effect.
The sides of the Tesla are upgraded with BRABUS entrance lights shaped like futuristic space lights. They are activated with the keyless fob or by pulling on a door handle. BRABUS carbon-fiber air inlets add even more sporty flair. Immediately apparent in the rear are the BRABUS rear wing and the BRABUS rear diffuser, both made from light yet extremely strong carbon fiber. The round taillights are accentuated further by matte-white applications.
The BRABUS customization program for the Tesla Roadster also includes exclusive interior options. The range of products starts with scuff plates with illuminated BRABUS logo. They are integrated into the top of the rocker panels.
The company-own BRABUS upholstery shop masterfully handcrafts exquisite custom interiors for the Tesla. The designers chose a combination of especially soft yet durable BRABUS perforated lightweight leather and Alcantara. The cockpit features white seams to reflect the exterior color. The vehicle floor is also upholstered with lightweight leather for added exclusivity.
The goal of the BRABUS customization concept for the Tesla Roadster is to define a potential limited edition as well as an individual tuning program for the Tesla driver.