Tesla Roadster totals just like a regular sports car

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According to Wrecked Exotics, this Tesla electric roadster was trashed by a sales director who lost control during a demonstration ride at 100MPH, throwing his potential customer from the car. The passenger survived without serious injuries, though, which is good.

Lots more pictures at WrEx. (I don’t know if that’s how they abbreviate their site but random mangling seems appropriate.)

Tesla Roadster Suffers Devastating 100 MPH Crash [WreckedExotics.com]

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11 Responses to Tesla Roadster totals just like a regular sports car

  1. xzzy says:

    Right, the better a car keeps its shape in a wreck means the car does a better job transferring energy to the driver’s innards, which does a better job killing him for being an idiot.

  2. toaste says:

    A 100mph crash and no serious, life endangering injuries? What’d Tesla do, go to the Pond of Happiness and cast rupees until they got “Great Luck”?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Where did this crash happen? The Tesla sits atop a Mercedes-Benz Vito. I can spot at least one Renault Clio, one Renault Twingo and a Mk1 Peugeot 106. The van in the rear seams to be Renault Mascott, a truck that was primarily sold in Southern and Eastern Europe.

    Judging from the landsacpe I would guess France, Italy or Spain.

  4. gramiq says:

    Phonetically “WrEx” is actually much more cleverer than just random mangling of letters.

    But as I’ve always said, random mangling may produce a thousand failures, but that just makes the successes all the more beautiful.

  5. retchdog says:

    Well at least it fared better than Bucky’s Dymaxion…

  6. dculberson says:

    Who goes on a 100mph demo ride without wearing a seatbelt??

  7. xzzy says:

    Short wheelbase, lotsa power.. a pretty classic recipe for hurting people when the driver loses control.

    Sure makes the cars feel nimble but you got an even smaller window to make corrections when something goes wrong, compared to a longer car.

  8. pork musket says:

    This makes me sad. :(

  9. Duffong says:

    “Should have used a surge protector.”

    (quote from VwVortex)

  10. geekpdx says:

    Well, I’m pretty impressed. Keeping that much body on the car (and that much paint on the body) in a 100 mph wreck seems to imply that it’s a decently safe car.

  11. Strangepork says:

    ” throwing his potential customer from the car.”

    Didn’t he read the guide?

    Car Salesman’s Hand book

    Rule #42: Never throw your potential sale from the car; through the windshield or other openings in the car. The customer may take this as a sign you are careless, and you may make a mistake when filling out the paperwork for the bill of sale.

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