Designed in the 1950s and still used today, the Lockheed U-2 (nicknamed Dragon Lady) is a super specialized, high-altitude spy plane. It’s light enough to fly at 70,000 feet, but notoriously difficult to operate. Especially land. Landing is a bitch and a half. That’s where a Tesla Model S comes in.
Former Apple guru and Tesla’s Vice President of Autopilot Software Chris Lattner left the company Tuesday after only six months with the automaker. Lattner is the third key member of Tesla’s self-driving team to leave the company in the last six months.
Sorry, fellow penny pinchers: Less than a year after reintroducing a cheaper 60 kWh battery into its Model S lineup, Tesla will kill off that option in order to “simplify the ordering process.” It sounds like Tesla’s doing that because most people just buy the more expensive version or upgrade to it later.
The roll out from Tesla Autopilot 1.x to 2.0 has been, uh, less than smooth. The program is still very much in beta, and out of the car’s eight cameras in its new hardware suite, only one actually gets used in the new Autopilot software, as one intrepid owner armed with painter’s tape discovered.
The Tesla P85D was an absolute monster when Dragtimes strapped it to their dyno a couple of years ago, cranking out a staggering 864 lb-ft of torque. But now the YouTube channel and blog has hooked up a brand new P100D with Ludicrous Plus mode to their dyno, and the results make even the toughest heavy-duty trucks…
The German Tesla owner who sacrificed the rear bumper of his Model S to bring an unconscious man’s runaway car to a halt will get free, expedited repairs thanks to the kindness and generosity of Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk. And probably also his P.R. team.
Sure, the Tesla Model S can somewhat drive for you, but it has more talent than that. This thing could practically enter an Olympic figure-skating contest.
First, I just want to go on record stating that I love front trunks, or, as Tesla likes to call them, ‘frunks.’ Despite my love for frunks, I have to admit that a frunk that’s not really able to be securely locked isn’t that useful a trunk. And it appears that all Tesla frunks from 2014 on are not secure, so be…
America’s auto safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has closed the investigation into the first known self-driving car crash which involved a Tesla Model S in Autopilot last year, reports Reuters citing an unnamed source. No recall was allegedly demanded.
You probably think the Tesla Model S P100D is quite a fast car, and that’s for a good reason: it is quite a fast car. It accelerates faster than gravity, if you want to get specific. But the racing spec of the car is even faster, with 778 horsepower and a zero-to-60 time of two seconds flat. Get the Dramamine.
YouTuber Marques Brownlee finally bought his dream car—one of the first of the redesigned Tesla Model S P100D. That would be great, except the car has now completely lost its power steering mid-turn on him, twice.
A Tesla driver saved himself from an almost certain rear-end collision by simply pressing the go-pedal. Wait, I thought speed kills?
The Tesla Model S P100D was one of the fastest cars in the world, claiming a zero to 60 MPH time of just 2.5 seconds when it was introduced in August. A wireless update coming next month drops that down to 2.4 seconds. That is so unbelievably quick.
Tesla’s Model S P100D already jets from zero to 60 mph in a supercar-killing 2.5 seconds, and the Model X P100D does the job in Still Supercar-Killing 2.9 ticks. And yet somehow, Elon Musk implies in a new Tweet that the cars will get even quicker.
Yesterday we saw the first videos of a fatal crash of a Tesla Model S in downtown Indianapolis. We had read reports that firefighters had to dodge individual battery cells exploding out of the car’s burning lithium-ion batter pack. Now you can see them, indeed, shooting like fireworks.
When turning on a Tesla, like many cars with infotainment systems, the screen reminds drivers to pay attention at all times—even when using Autopilot. The warning is continually reiterated, but German authorities who call Autopilot a “traffic hazard” sent letters to owners to remind them again. Authorities also raised…
At the core of Telsa’s business model is the fact that everyone pays the same for their cars. But now some Tesla stores may be pulling off old dealership tricks, giving discounts to hit sales quotes. And Tesla worries that could become a problem for the brand.