BRABUS Tunes Tesla Roadster for Essen

Tesla Roadster by BRABUS
Tesla Roadster by BRABUS

Modified electric roadster features BRABUS body kit and 'soundscape generators'

If you're going to have a desirable performance car, you're going to have customized and personalized versions of it. That's the way of the industry. Even the electric Tesla sports roadster is no exception. The first modified Tesla (and, arguably, the first "official" modified electric car) has just been released by BRABUS and will debut at the Essen Motor Show.

The first vehicle in what BRABUS says will be an ongoing cooperation with the company, the BRABUS Tesla features a variety of appearance upgrades and personalization features. Tire and wheel options are naturally first on the list, with offset 18- and 19-inch BRABUS Monoblock S light-alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Nero rubber. The BRABUS show car also features a carbon-fiber front lip, rear diffuser and rear spoiler, as well as a striking matte white paint job.

Not so common is what BRABUS calls the "space sound generator." Taking advantage of the Tesla's near-silent electric operation, BRABUS offers a variety of on-board sound generators that can make the roadster emit V8 engine or race engine sounds, as well as "futuristic soundscapes" dubbed "Beam" and "Warp." The sound generators vary in volume based on the electric motor's output.

A leather and Alcantara interior with other BRABUS customization touches completes the show car. BRABUS is showing the modified Tesla to highlight the introduction of its Zero Emission division, which will offer upgrades and possibly limited-edition Tesla models in the future.

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Published Nov 13th, 2008 10:19pm By Christopher Jackson

World Debut at the Essen Motor Show 2008

The Very First Tuned Electric Car Comes From BRABUS:
BRABUS Customization Program for the Tesla Roadster

The first tuned electric car comes from BRABUS: The first project of the future cooperation between Tesla Motors, Inc. and the new BRABUS business division Zero Emission celebrates its world debut at the 2008 Essen Motor Show. BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet www.brabus.com) presents an exclusive customization program for the Tesla Roadster, the world's first electrically powered production sports car.

The new BRABUS logo with added lightning bolt is the trademark of BRABUS Zero Emission vehicles.

To give the sports car a more exciting sound the BRABUS electronics specialists have developed a ‘space sound generator.' The occupants on-board the Tesla Roadsters can choose from several simulated engine sounds including that of a typical V8 combustion engine, a racecar engine and two futuristic soundscapes named ‘Beam' and ‘Warp.' The volume of the sound is dependent on the momentary power output of the electric motor.

A custom-tailored BRABUS tire/wheel combination further improves handling characteristics. The two-seater is refined with weight-optimized BRABUS Monoblock S light-alloy wheels in size 7Jx18 in front and in size 8.5Jx19 in back. BRABUS technology partner Pirelli provides the corresponding P Zero Nero high-performance tires in size 215/35 ZR 18 in front and in size 255/30 ZR 19 on the rear axle. These tires were developed to deliver minimum rolling resistance.

The two-seater also receives an even more striking exterior at BRABUS. The customization measures include a special high-quality ‘matte white' paintjob. To give the mid-engine sports car an even more enticing face the BRABUS designers treat the front apron to a lightweight carbon-fiber front lip and daytime running lights integrated into the front grille. Matte-white surrounds for the headlamps add interesting detail to the overall effect.

The sides of the Tesla are upgraded with BRABUS entrance lights shaped like futuristic space lights. They are activated with the keyless fob or by pulling on a door handle. BRABUS carbon-fiber air inlets add even more sporty flair. Immediately apparent in the rear are the BRABUS rear wing and the BRABUS rear diffuser, both made from light yet extremely strong carbon fiber. The round taillights are accentuated further by matte-white applications.

The BRABUS customization program for the Tesla Roadster also includes exclusive interior options. The range of products starts with scuff plates with illuminated BRABUS logo. They are integrated into the top of the rocker panels.

The company-own BRABUS upholstery shop masterfully handcrafts exquisite custom interiors for the Tesla. The designers chose a combination of especially soft yet durable BRABUS perforated lightweight leather and Alcantara. The cockpit features white seams to reflect the exterior color. The vehicle floor is also upholstered with lightweight leather for added exclusivity.

The goal of the BRABUS customization concept for the Tesla Roadster is to define a potential limited edition as well as an individual tuning program for the Tesla driver.


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serraxtrem serraxtrem
if this tuning put som weight on the tesla , i don't think that it is a tunning is a profaning a new tipe of a sport car.... Brabus is for ugly merc just to make it looking like a car....not like a cow.
Nov 15th, 2008 12:26am
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lucifa lucifa
that's my sole problem with electric cars - silence. on a luxury limo like an s class or a 7 series it makes sense, but a silent lamborghini? it's not right.
Nov 14th, 2008 3:56pm
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Bremen_Koenigsegg Bremen_Koenigsegg
God, that's pathetic. Can we all agree there is nothing appealing about this car? Honestly, if it weren't an EV, we'd all have heard about it only once. As much as I like the idea of an EV, I have yet to see a single appealing incarnation of the concept. Brabus is only making matters worse with this turd in a tuxedo.
Nov 14th, 2008 2:10pm
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pzigly pzigly
o-60 in about 4 sec from an electric car that can go like 200 miles is an acomplishment. And the fact that its back ordered probably for a few years by A list celebs is appealing
Nov 14th, 2008 10:53pm
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Bremen_Koenigsegg Bremen_Koenigsegg
A sports car that makes no noise and is being bought by celebrities is the definition of unappealing. I consider the Tesla Roadster a typical engineer's solution to a problem that demands lateral thinking. And this particular example does nothing but drive my point home.
Nov 15th, 2008 3:08pm
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pzigly pzigly
sports car enthusiasts hate do not like those gas saving cars because they have low power. Now here is a car with power. Also if you really want sound you have the sound track in the back round. There is a small review of it on fifth gear you should check it out.
Nov 15th, 2008 4:35pm
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V8 engine sound, sound tempting
Nov 14th, 2008 10:21am
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Tuner_Mad Tuner_Mad
Lol, a car sound remixer in the back. Can it make it sound like a Porsche Carrera GT?
Nov 14th, 2008 7:41am
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kmayb kmayb
That doesn't look like a Fisker !
Nov 14th, 2008 6:32am
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schefar schefar
Looks noble...
Nov 14th, 2008 6:20am
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ShinyG ShinyG
Open letter to designers and wannabe "tuner" designers: ENOUGH with the row of LED light already! Yours truly, Me
Nov 14th, 2008 4:15am
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Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
haha, fake engine noises. If anything use the speakers to cancel rolling noise. That way the only thing you hear is wheel slip.
Nov 14th, 2008 4:08am
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