My first encounter with Tesla
came about four years ago when I landed on a video of a Roadster racing a Ferrari on YouTube. If you recall the video (I'm unable to find it at this very moment), the EV seriously spanks the prancing horse from Maranello in a drag race. At the time, EVs were very novel and most were no more than concepts
or crude prototypes. I had never imagined that the company would thrive, let alone that I would ever get the opportunity to drive one.
|The Tesla Roadster is as fast as everyone says. (photo: Mathieu St-Pierre/Auto123.com)
Well, that has now all changed, and for the better; I got to spend three hours with a Fusion Red Roadster S
. I'll be honest and say that I've never had the opportunity to take a Lamborghini or a Ferrari for a test drive but I now know how it will feel when and if I ever have a set of keys handed to me.
As Mr Hans Ulsrud (Toronto Regional Sales Manager) and myself made our way into the underground garage of some swank digs in Yorkville, I could not help but feel a tinge of child-like excitement when I laid eyes on the supercar silhouette of the Roadster. Although it bares a striking (naturally) resemblance to the latest from Hethel, Norfolk, England, there is something forbidden about this car, as though it was still a secret.
I'm not too sure about “the rest of Canada”, but here in Québec, when a press car is picked up, no one from the make ever gives us a tour of the vehicle and we like it that way. However, I was hoping that Mr. Ulsrud would throw in a how-to with the keys to this car. Following a very brief explanation, I was on my way. Turns-out that the Roadster is no more complex than your average Porsche or any other high-end automobile.
Part of the presentation included a description of the different modes in which the Tesla can be operated; one them being “Performance”. Although I frankly told Mr Ulsrud that “Normal” would suffice as I would not test out the car's famous acceleration, he noted that I would and for that reason, I drove off in “Performance”. Oh, and about the hype? Gadzooks!!! This is thing is “artardedly” fast! By the second corner, I had explored 40% of the go-pedal's travel and the goose bumps were already surfacing. But, the best was yet to come.
|This car is in fact a dedicated sports/high-performance car that happens to lay a massive carbon footprint that is equivalent to a big fat ZERO. (photo: Mathieu St-Pierre/Auto123.com)