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Getting Amped

Posted from Culver City, California at 10:44 pm, June 30th, 2012

Audrey’s friend was the 237th person to place a reservation for the new Tesla Model S and asked if we were interested in joining him at an invitation-only test drive event today (my response: “Um, YES!”). Only reservation holders were allowed to drive, but even just as a passenger I’m confident in predicting that this new electric car is going to be very much talked about – we flew down a closed road at eighty miles an hour (0-60 time: 4.4 seconds), took a turn at about fifty with the car feeling like it was glued to the road, and changed the car’s steering and breaking characteristics via software on the huge touchscreen console. The interior is massive – it’s open through to the back, and the engine is in the rear axle so the front is what Tesla calls a “frunk” to provide additional storage space. JB and the rest of the Tesla team have a winner in this car – every single person who completed a test drive walked away ridiculously enthusiastic, a reaction that is probably only seen as frequently at Ferrari and Lamborghini dealerships.

Tesla Get Amped Pass

Only the cool kids are invited to get amped. Luckily I knew one who could get me in.

Model-S Photo

Post test-drive in the photo booth. Awesome car, awesome gangster poses, cheesy fake palm tree background.

3 responses to “Getting Amped”

  1. You seem to have a tendency to throw up the “hang loose” sign when you take hardcore pictures. I think you are doing it wrong. It is supposed to be thumb and pinky. If you are going for the head banging symbol I believe you are right on.

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