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Poppet
The weight is a potential issue in a performance car, though
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:29am
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There's enough power to overcome the weight in straight-line performance, and the naturally low center-of-gravity in the Tesla architecture will help offset the effect of weight on direction changes (to some degree), but there's no masking it in terms of braking performance, apex speed, etc. This will probably only matter on track, but a car with that kind of performance might well spend time at track days. If they can't get it down to about 3500lbs, it's going to get murdered on a circuit by cars like the Viper ACR, Porsche 911 GT2RS, Radical RCX, the new Ford GT, etc, (all light weight/high-downforce cars).

As an extreme example of the effect of weight on a circuit, a Stohr WF1 (see below) is a small sports racer with a 1000cc motorcycle engine and about 190 horsepower to the wheels. It will flat out destroy any of the cars I list above on track because it has a huge weight advantage (c. 700lbs!!) and a ton of downforce.

The Tesla Roadster is likely intended as a "halo" product...a bragging rights car (rather than a model intended to garner big sales). I'd say the electric "semi" is probably much more important to the company's future. That one could be a game-changer. Personally, I'd appreciate semis that don't slow to a crawl on hills. =)


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