While You Were Sleeping: March 19th, 2015

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
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  • Bosozoku Bosozoku on Mar 19, 2015

    Those Optima concept drawings could very well refer to the current model. The only real difference in the design is small windows and larger wheels.

  • Marone Marone on Mar 19, 2015

    Tesla New Jersey. Awesome - win for Tesla. Why in the world would you add a 400hp Supra engine to an old beat up Corona wagon? The fan mounted on the dash is classic. I've never really understood project cars like this. Kia Optima. Hard to have any excitement at all over a sketch. Truthfully, it looks remarkably similar to the current model.

    • DenverMike DenverMike on Mar 20, 2015

      If not in a beat up Corona, where else? That's the essence of Hot Rodding. You combine stuff you already have or have access to, with other stuff to make it go really really fast. Lots of times, on a shoestring budget, and trading favours. Someone must have said the same thing you did when the 1st dude chopped up Model T and dropped a flathead V8 in it. But maybe a boxy, fender flaired '84 Supra would've been ideal for the Hot Rod turbo 6. Or a beat up '83 Celica, or 1st gen. The more "sleeper" the better.

  • Jack Denver Jack Denver on Mar 19, 2015

    The law that was passed was made as narrow as possible: If you are an exclusively zero emission car mfr, you can have up to 4 direct sales locations in NJ. Tesla already has 3 (which were temporarily converted to non-selling "showrooms" while they were waiting for the law to pass) and so they can open only 1 more store. NJ is a physically small state (albeit with a large population) so this might be enough. The car dealers opposed it anyway - camel's nose in the tent. They said it was about "consumer protection". Musk says it's about "protection" alright, in the Mafia sense of the word.

  • 228 228 on Mar 19, 2015

    You should be aware about certain things that may make you prefer dealers. For example, Tesla changes software as it wants and there is no way to refuse update or roll it back. Would you like Microsoft to forcibly update you to Windows 8? Well that's what Tesla does.

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    • Vulpine Vulpine on Mar 20, 2015

      @NoGoYo Windows 8(+) Works just like Windows always has; the only difference is the initial navigation. It is NOT a mobile OS put onto the desktop, it is a touch-based navigation system meant to help you find your applications easier. Everything else is still there and can be used as it always has--even the desktop itself. Yes, I know it looks different and even 'feels' different, but at the core, it's still the same old Windows you've been using for over 20 years.