Friday, November 14, 2008

Tesla Roadster Tunes in to BRABUS: First Modified Electric Car

Tesla Roadster Tunes in to BRABUS: First Modified Electric Car

The first modified electric car comes from BRABUS - or at least that's what the German firm that specialized until now on Mercedes-Benz and Smart models, supports in its press release. For its first take on an all-electric vehicle, BRABUS limited modifications to the Tesla Roaster's interior/exterior styling and wheel/tire options.

However, the Germans did develop the so-called 'space sound generator' system with which the occupants of the Tesla Roadsters can choose from several simulated engine sounds including that of a V8 engine, a racecar engine and two futuristic soundscapes named 'Beam' and 'Warp' - make a bet that someone will find a geeky hack? BRABUS claims that the volume of the sound depends on the momentary power output of the electric motor.

For the Roadster's appearance, the German tuning firm offers a new 'matte white' paintjob combined with a mild bodykit that includes a carbon-fiber front lip, daytime running lights integrated into the front grille and carbon-fiber air inlets. In the rear there's a rear wing and a rear diffuser, both made from carbon fiber while the round taillights are accentuated by matte-white applications.

The exterior package is complemented by the new BRABUS Monoblock S light-alloy wheels in size 7Jx18'' in front and 8.5Jx19'' in back wrapped around Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tires in size 215/35 ZR 18 in front and in size 255/30 ZR 19 on the rear axle. According to Brabus, the tires were developed to deliver minimum rolling resistance.

Inside the cabin modifications include new scuff plates, two-tone color sports seats in perforated lightweight leather and Alcantara. The cockpit also features white seams while the vehicle floor is upholstered with lightweight leather.

The BRABUS-prepped Tesla Roadster will make its world debut at the ESSEN motorshow in Germany on the 29th of November.

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