Test Driving The World's Fastest Golf Cart

Last week Tesla asked me if I’d like to take the new Tesla Roadster Sport for a day to see what I thought. This is the newer Tesla Roadster that shaves 2/10 of a second off the 0-60 time, and the car is a couple of inches bigger than the original (making it possible for me to fit my 6’4 frame into it comfortably).

I agreed immediately. The only rules were that only I could drive it (some nonsense about insurance), and I had to have it back by 6 pm. I did return the vehicle on time, but as you can see from the video just about everyone from the office and most of my friends came by to take it for a spin, too.

I’ve been in a Tesla before but this is the first time I’ve driven one. With no gears and a silent motor, the experience is like driving a golf cart. At least it would be if golf carts could hit 100 mph on the freeway on-ramp and hug the road like it was glued there.

Thanks Tesla. Sorry about that scratch in the bumper.

Video care of Animoto. Which rocks.

Specifications tesla
Model: 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport
Vehicle Style: 2-seat, open-top, rear-drive sports car
Price: Base Price: $121,000 (car we drove: $155,850)
Motor: 375 volt AC induction air-cooled electric motor with variable frequency drive
Power: 288 HP (215kW) @ 4,400-5,800 rpm
Torque: 295 ft/lb (400 Nm) @ 0-5,100 rpm
Transmission: Single speed fixed gear with electrically-actuated parking lock mechanism and mechanical lubrication pump
Suspension: Four-wheel independent. Upper and lower unequal length wishbones. Co-axial coil spring/adjustable telescopic damper. Adjustable sway bar.
Brakes: Hydraulically operated. Tandem master cylinder with vacuum servo and anti-lock braking system. Front and rear ventilated disc. Cable operated self adjusting hand brake on rear calipers.
Performance: 0-60: 3.7 seconds
Top Speed: 125 mph (electronically limited)
Dimensions: Wheelbase: 92.6 inches
Length: 155.4 inches
Width: 72.9 inches
Height: 44.35 inches
Weight: 2723 pounds
Battery: Custom microprocessor-controlled lithium-ion battery with 6,831 individual cells
Battery Consumption: 29 kW-hr/100 mi city; 32 kW-hr/100 mi highway
Expected Battery Life: Seven years or 100,000 miles
Range: 244 miles