Elon Musk’s Tesla Model S electric road trip: 5 kids, 3,200 miles, 9* hours of charging

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Tesla Model S

With his legions of vociferous fans, there has been no bigger champion for the electric vehicles from Tesla Motors than the man at the helm, Elon Musk. Musk’s latest promotional event to prove the power of EVs will be a cross-country drive in a Model S, using the rapidly growing network of Superchargers along the way.

Musk says the six-day, 3,200-mile trip should only require 90 minutes of charging a day.

Musk first proposed this trip back in May when Tesla announced an expansion to the Supercharger network. At the time, Musk said he wanted to retrace the route of a college road trip, but this time with his five children in the car. With the optional rear-facing seats installed the Model S can seat 7, if some are small enough. On Twitter, Musk said trip planning is done, and the six-day, 3,200-mile trip should only require nine hours of charging. He added, “At 1.5 hrs/day, we will only ever need to charge when stopping anyway to eat or sightsee, never just for charging itself.” But we assume he’s not including overnight charging in that time, since six Supercharger fill-ups – which can each provide three hours of driving – will not be enough for the entire coast-to-coast trip.

To be honest, driving across the country in a Model S – to say nothing of other EVs – is a feat that’s been done before, but when Mr. SpaceX loads up the kids and goes for a drive, people pay attention. People also noticed when, during a much shorter drive, a writer from The New York Times managed to run out of electricity last winter. In response, Tesla fans proved the drive up the East Coast could be done.

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Tesla Model S

With his legions of vociferous fans, there has been no bigger champion for the electric vehicles from Tesla Motors than the man at the helm, Elon Musk. Musk’s latest promotional event to prove the power of EVs will be a cross-country drive in a Model S, using the rapidly growing network of Superchargers along the way.

Musk says the six-day, 3,200-mile trip should only require 90 minutes of charging a day.

Musk first proposed this trip back in May when Tesla announced an expansion to the Supercharger network. At the time, Musk said he wanted to retrace the route of a college road trip, but this time with his five children in the car. With the optional rear-facing seats installed the Model S can seat 7, if some are small enough. On Twitter, Musk said trip planning is done, and the six-day, 3,200-mile trip should only require nine hours of charging. He added, “At 1.5 hrs/day, we will only ever need to charge when stopping anyway to eat or sightsee, never just for charging itself.” But we assume he’s not including overnight charging in that time, since six Supercharger fill-ups – which can each provide three hours of driving – will not be enough for the entire coast-to-coast trip.

To be honest, driving across the country in a Model S – to say nothing of other EVs – is a feat that’s been done before, but when Mr. SpaceX loads up the kids and goes for a drive, people pay attention. People also noticed when, during a much shorter drive, a writer from The New York Times managed to run out of electricity last winter. In response, Tesla fans proved the drive up the East Coast could be done.

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Video: The Homer to contest 24 Hours of LeMons

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The Homer 24 Hours of Lemons racer - video screencap

It’s finally happened. A 24 Hours of LeMons team has built the definitive interpretation of The Homer from The Simpsons for competition in an upcoming race. As you may recollect, The Homer is the fictional car designed by Homer Simpson for his brother’s car company. Designed with a separate compartment for screaming children and other Homer-centric goodies, the animated machine bankrupted its parent company and put Homer’s brother out of a job. Now we get to watch it race other crap cans as it tackles Southern California’s Buttonwillow Raceway on June 29. Scott Chamberlain, Kris Linquist, Reid Conti, Ben Reilly and Mike Yepes will helm the machine, and Jeff Herman serves as the team’s creative director.

The racer is the latest incarnation of a well-abused BMW 3 Series. The team campaigned the same E30 under the “Prickstine” banner as a Chrysler Imperial tribute and “Porcubimmer,” the latter being a riff on the ever-popular joke about the difference between porcupines and BMW models. Never gets old. You can check out a video of the finished Homer below, and be sure to like the team on Facebook to see updates from the race. Now, about that Canyonero…

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The Homer to contest 24 Hours of LeMons originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorsports: 24 Hours of Le Mans an on-and-off love affair

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There was little usual about this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans – intermittent rain in the weeks before the race meant cars didn’t get on track as much as they wanted, and intermittent rain during the race meant cars went off track a lot more than they wanted. The race started with a wet track, and one of the records broken because of the random downpours was the number of times the safety car led the field – 11 times this year – although the record of two hours and 53 minutes of lapping behind the safety car, set in 2011, was not eclipsed.

None of that served to dampen the action. With little more than an hour left in the race there were cars still only a few seconds apart fighting for position, leads still changing because of pit stops and everyone drafting anyone they could.

Things didn’t go the usual way up front, either – well, not exactly…

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24 Hours of Le Mans an on-and-off love affair originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorsports: 24 Hours of Le Mans ends with broken records [spoilers]

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24 Hours of Le Mans

The 2013 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has come to an end, and the results require the use of an eraser on the old record books. If you don’t want to know how it ended, now would be the time to stop reading, because the results are just below.

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Motorsports: Overnight action from the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Filed under: Motorsports, Europe, Aston Martin, Audi, Chevrolet, Porsche, Ferrari, Racing

Audi R18 E-tron Quattro at Le Mans 2013

We won’t go into a recap here, but there are still leading positions being fought for in all classes – it’s so close that leads are changing when a car goes into the pits. We’ll let the recap wait until the end of the race, so for now enjoy some shots from last night’s action at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Overnight action from the 24 Hours of Le Mans originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 23 Jun 2013 12:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorsports: How to watch the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year

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24 Hours of Le Mans pit action

You want to watch/stream/identify the cars in/hear/Like/Tweet the 90th anniversary edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend? For a long list of ways to consume the action that’s already begun, check out this page put together by our former colleague and current friend Reilly Brennan. Here’s the short list:

  • Le Mans Site
  • Le Mans TV
  • Le Mans Facebook page
  • Le Mans Twitter page
  • Entry list
  • Live timing
  • Audi’s racing stream
  • Speed TV stream
  • Spotter’s Guide
  • Detailed track guide

Again, head over to Brennan’s long list of links for all of the ways to take in the action, including radio programs and apps to stay in touch with the race, and we’ll be right back with our first report from Le Mans – once we finish driving there…

How to watch the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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P4/5 Competizione gets 800 tires for 24-hours Nürburgring, street edition possible

Filed under: Motorsports, Coupe, Performance, Europe, Ferrari, Racing

Ferrari P4/5 Competizione

Ferrari P4/5 Competizione – Click above for high-res image gallery

He hints they may create a very limited-edition street-going run of the sexy beast.

An awful lot of cars have made themselves famous while using just four tires. Formula 1 teams’ tire total per race is around 140 – i.e. 35 sets of Pirellis.

With Jim Glickenhaus’ featherweight Ferrari F430 GT2-based 470-horsepower P4/5 Competizione about to tackle the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring at the end of June in the new EXP1 class, the car’s tire sponsor Pirelli is bringing, according to Glickenhaus, 800 tires along, using the occasion to test like mad whether it be daytime heat sets, night sets, wet sets, semi-slick sets, you name it.

As the P4/5 Competizione has proven itself durable so far, looks like it may last the whole 24 hours, being hampered perhaps only by the plethora of pit stops it’ll be constrained to effect while Pirelli tests the various quartets of rubber.

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Autoline After Hours welcomes auto show models in the studio tonight

Filed under: Etc., Marketing/Advertising

Lamborghini Product Specialists

If you have some time this evening, we highly recommend checking out Autoline After Hours. The crew will be hanging out with Margery Krevsky, the author of Sirens of Chrome. Krevsky painstakingly researched the 100-year history of the auto show model for the book and will be sharing some of her insights with hosts John McElroy and Peter Delorenzo for your enjoyment. If that’s not enough to drag you to the computer at 7 p.m. Eastern this evening, the news that Krevsky will bring along a few of her product specialist friends as well should have you patiently waiting at the keyboard.

The booth professionals will model dresses from the last 50 years of the car show circuit as a living, breathing supplement to the discussion on the book. Sound like a good time? You can see all the action by heading over to the Autoline After Hours site or by checking out the uStream feed after the jump.

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Autoline After Hours welcomes auto show models in the studio tonight originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 12 May 2011 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This is what a Camaro looks like after 350 hours of airbrushing

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Airbrushed 2011 Chevrolet Camaro

Airbrushed 2011 Chevrolet Camaro – Click above for high-res image gallery

There was a time when airbrushing reigned supreme as the ultimate in vehicular self-expression – an era that we believed had passed with the Ford Administration. Apparently, the art is alive and well in the Camaro community. The General Motors show car division worked with Mickey Harris of Mountain Muscle Cars in Cosby, Tennessee to produce an airbrushed fifth-generation Camaro SS. After three months of intense work, the car above is the result.

GM showed off the vehicle at the Camaro5 Fest 2011 in Arizona, and there’s no denying the talent on display here. Hopefully, this hyper-patriotic Camaro stays away from mall parking lots and out of any fender benders in the future.

Gallery: Airbrushed 2011 Chevrolet Camaro

[Source: Autos.Terra]

This is what a Camaro looks like after 350 hours of airbrushing originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 23 Apr 2011 12:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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