Drove a Tesla P85D for the Double Black Event on a little autocross course they set up. Very fast car. Not sure I'm into the interior. Aside from the Mercedes-Benz sourced switchgear, the interior bits felt slightly better than a Kia Optima and I thought the backseat was a bit uncomfortable. There are no overhead (oh shit) handles and the door panels are poorly designed, with their low-on-functionality integrated door pulls. That said, it's not a bad interior, but for $100k any BMW, Audi or Mercedes exceeds in quality in the same price class.
I find Teslas to be somewhat like driving a really quick, sharp handling refrigerator. There's simply no visceral experience, other than your head hitting the headrest from the torque. Without a rumble, without true feedback from the chassis, it just doesn't feel that exciting to drive. Again, I get the straight-line performance is really impressive and it is quite exciting, but let's face it, you're not going to drive that way all the time. The lack of visceral feel makes the Tesla lack the sort of rewarding driving experience you get in a competing car from Germany. I actually believe that driving a Volkswagen Golf R would be a much more rewarding, enjoyable driving experience overall; at a 3rd of the price.
That said, I get why people like Tesla and it would be a great car for my wife to drive. Of course, I probably wouldn't order the expensive P 85 for her. It's extremely practical and roomy. This is probably why Consumer Reports likes it so much as they lean towards practical and inexpensive to drive. I look forward to the Model X Crossover, as this should be the perfect car for Tesla's formula.
After driving a Chevrolet Volt for 2-years, I enjoyed the idea of an electric. The original Volt has its own design flaws, but the drivetrain was solid. Strangely the Volt had character, but lacked in a rewarding driving experience. There was little visceral feedback and lousy handling.
I think a Tesla is a better electric–the best on the market–but the benefits of electric are outweighed by the lack of driving enjoyment and overall build quality in this price class. Add to that range-anxiety and an efficient gasoline car is still a better choice for most. Tesla is also a great choice for tinkerers, as the software driven controls allow for all sorts of settings and customizations. That's cool tech, but after the novelty wears off, you're still driving a refrigerator, albeit a really fast and roomy one. ?
Make it as thin as the competition and boom, it's worse. Copies are never as good as the originals. ?
Guy gets pulled over by Philly Police and schools the officers on rights, which they seem to be reluctant to accept. Video ends in a sort of limbo, but maybe we should start a NA Know Your Rights FAQ that can help we slaves during a police stop?
Someone get the domain!?
15th District Police just Stoped me for no hing again tried to pull me out the car I requested a supervisor they turned there lights off and pulled off…
Excellent Short Documentary of the 1965 FIA World Championship ?
Please enjoy this preview that is a chapter from the documentary on Bob Bondurant currently in devel
Looking for real-estate help in Western Washington? If you're selling or buying, Michael is your best option. He's an expert in the Bellevue, WA area, but covers the entire Eastside and Seattle. Learn more at michaeljlink.com?
Amazing! Just let nature handle it. ?
If you likes How Wolves Change Rivers, check out How Whales Change Climate: https://www.youtube.com/
Meeting Bill Gates & Kareem
I was at this event and met both of these guys afterwards in a press conference. I was awestruck by Kareem's height and his huge hands!
Bill was fascinated as I was writing on my Newton 2100, on review loan from Apple. He was probably surprised anyone would buy one or had never seen the newest model. Hard to tell, because he was inundated with people asking him questions. ?
So cool. I could watch this over and over.?
The Chevy small-block V-8 is an engine that has touched so many lives that, no matter where your car