Inside The Tesla Roadster - The Electric Supercar
In previous Motoring articles, we've covered the excellent performance characteristics of the Tesla Roadster, the electric supercar with a 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) time of 3.9 seconds, and a top speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). Now for some details about the interior. The Tesla Roadster seats two people and has carbon fiber body panels and a bonded extruded aluminium chassis. Inside, on the passenger side of the cabin, you can actually see an example of the extruded aluminium with the console tray that doubles as a cross member for the dashboard. The transmission is a drive - neutral - reverse system (no gears), and the direction is selected using the shifter on the lower console (see photo).
The Roadster is available in four different interior seat covering styles: Standard Leather, Premium Leather, Premium Two-Tone Leather, and Premium Micro-Fibre. Inside there is also a state of the art security system that is controlled on the Tesla by the VDS (Visual Display System). A special security PIN needs to be entered in order to start the Roadster, and a special valet mode can be selected to reduce performance substantially when you hand the car over to someone for parking. The VDS also monitors the charging system and battery condition.
For steering the Tesla Roadster has a manual rack-and-pinion system that is designed to give excellent road feedback to the driver. The brakes are four wheel disc with four channel ABS, and there is a unique traction control system that has been specially developed to operate with the electric motor's torque/power characteristics.