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The supra geniuses over at Sili Valley's Tesla motors have been unquick to admit their hot new EV is really a Lotus Elise in drag โ€” or reduced drag, as the case may be. It's not that we're deriding their choice of underpinnings for the electric supercar; the Elise is perfect: light, well balanced and built by a company that's not adverse to doing for others if the price is right. But c'mon, judge from the images above. The Tesla โ€” at least in prototype form โ€” is so Elise on the inside it hurts, from the dash binnacle to the air vents to the steering wheel โ€” right down to the parking brake handle. Sure, the cars have their differences โ€” allowances made for the differing drivetrains and the like, but they're undeniably dopplegangeresque. Oh wait, the Tesla comes with floormats!?

Tesla Roadster [Wired]

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