Hanging out with a fast company (emphasis on fast)

OK, I see the challenge is on. Jason Calacanis, founder/CEO of Mahalo, tonight, told me he had to find something better that whatever I saw at Microsoft last week that made me cry. I didn’t realize just how far he’d go to outdo Microsoft.

What I experienced tonight made it impossible to cry.

Why?

Well, let’s just say that my tear ducts are now implanted on the back of my skull.

So, what did Jason do? Well, he gave me a fun tour of Mahalo that we’ll have up on FastCompany.tv in early March and then invited Rocky and me to dinner where we met up with Elon Musk. Who’s he? Chairman of Tesla Motors (as well as a few other things, he was one of the co-founders of PayPal). Who are they? They are making a new all-electronic sports car. You might have heard of it.

And what was he driving? His just arrived, first production model, Tesla.

All the attention you want

Of course I begged for a ride.

Wouldn’t you?

The thing is, we did a little Santa Monica street racing. Tesla vs. Vette.

Test drive of first production Tesla

Let’s just put it this way. The Tesla smoked the Vette.

We have video proof. But first, here’s Calacanis standing in front of his Vette:

Jason Calacanis and his Vette

Jason and Rocky rode in the Vette and broadcast on Qik live. I rode in the Tesla and also broadcast my experience live on Qik from my Nokia N95 cell phone (my video includes a 25-minute interview with Musk). How’s that for a two-camera shoot? Not to mention that we had a live audience and were talking with people around the world about the Tesla. The people we’re talking to are actually chatting with us WHILE we broadcast the ride live from our cell phones.

This is what you will see -- if you are lucky

I love it when Jason lost sight of the Tesla and asked Rocky “where did they go?”

Seriously, the experience was something I’ve never experienced in a car before. This thing just slams you to the back of your seat like a fighter jet does. The sound is interesting too. Sort of a whine. You’ll hear it a bit in the video I shot.

OK, Jason, you win. The Tesla is cooler than what Microsoft showed me although at $100,000 it better be (Musk is designing a sedan that should run about $50,000).

I shot a bunch of photos, some of which I’ve embedded here, but the rest are over on my Flickr page.

Elon Musk, Tesla Chairman, through windshield of first production Tesla

Amazingly the Tesla only costs about three dollars to “fill up” with an electric charge that’ll last you more than 200 miles. Let’s put it this way, my Saturn only goes about 20 miles on gasoline that costs that much.

Calacanis has ordered one, already. So have about 900 other people. Much more is covered in the video interview I did with Musk. He admitted that he used to own a $1.5 million Mclaren F1 supercar and that the Tesla outperforms that car between 30 and 70 MPH. Wow. Wow. Wow.

I’m trying to calm down from the ride three hours later. Wow.

126 thoughts on “Hanging out with a fast company (emphasis on fast)

  1. Boy, is it easy to con this younger generation or what!!! This boob is shilling for an obsolete EV design because this overpriced $100,000 car with the $30,0000 battery pack that lasts 5 years gets 200 miles on $3 of
    electricity. By my calculations, he’s claiming that it’s worth the extra $30,000 for the first battery pack and $6,000 per year in battery costs
    so that you don’t have to buy 500 gallons of gas. And people wonder why the younger generation can’t compete. With anyone. Anywhere. No wonder
    the Chinese (and everyonme else) is cleaning our clocks. This yokel obviously is not even remotely up to speed on electric propulsion. He’s time warped into the the 1980′s when idiot GM CEO Roger Smith and the California CARB board decided that they could build a practical electric car.
    They were only missing one thing – the first thing they should have considered before trying to build anEV – a battery. It’s the battery, stupid!
    Now this yoyo , who has been conned into thinking the Tesla roadster
    is actually a viable alternative to a ga powered car because it goes swishy quick, doesn’t even know that it contains thousands of flashlight batteries that are 1st generation, small cell examples of batteries that NONE, repeat NONE, of the other dozen (professional) automakers would ever consider using for their new electrics. And only those automakers without the engineering capabilities are building oxymoronic battery-only vehicles,
    like the Tesla, which make no economic sense and have virtually no advantage over a 40 mile range plug-in hybrid in terms of either emisions reductions or gasoline avoidance. Plug-in hybrids are the only intelligent electric propulsion technology around right now. And the Fisker Karma, out next year, looks twice as good as the Tesla, is quite fast, costs $20K less, carries twice as many passengers and their luggage, travels 50 miles on battery power and another 500 on liquid fuel, and has a battery pack that will last indefinitely. Anyone buying a Tesla needs to have their head examined. This yokel never heard of the Fisker. Or of third generation lithium ion batteries that it contains. Tesla claimed they were going to build a practical plug-in hybrid a year ago, but obviously soon realized that they simply didn’t have the abilities.

  2. Boy, is it easy to con this younger generation or what!!! This boob is shilling for an obsolete EV design because this overpriced $100,000 car with the $30,0000 battery pack that lasts 5 years gets 200 miles on $3 of
    electricity. By my calculations, he’s claiming that it’s worth the extra $30,000 for the first battery pack and $6,000 per year in battery costs
    so that you don’t have to buy 500 gallons of gas. And people wonder why the younger generation can’t compete. With anyone. Anywhere. No wonder
    the Chinese (and everyonme else) is cleaning our clocks. This yokel obviously is not even remotely up to speed on electric propulsion. He’s time warped into the the 1980′s when idiot GM CEO Roger Smith and the California CARB board decided that they could build a practical electric car.
    They were only missing one thing – the first thing they should have considered before trying to build anEV – a battery. It’s the battery, stupid!
    Now this yoyo , who has been conned into thinking the Tesla roadster
    is actually a viable alternative to a ga powered car because it goes swishy quick, doesn’t even know that it contains thousands of flashlight batteries that are 1st generation, small cell examples of batteries that NONE, repeat NONE, of the other dozen (professional) automakers would ever consider using for their new electrics. And only those automakers without the engineering capabilities are building oxymoronic battery-only vehicles,
    like the Tesla, which make no economic sense and have virtually no advantage over a 40 mile range plug-in hybrid in terms of either emisions reductions or gasoline avoidance. Plug-in hybrids are the only intelligent electric propulsion technology around right now. And the Fisker Karma, out next year, looks twice as good as the Tesla, is quite fast, costs $20K less, carries twice as many passengers and their luggage, travels 50 miles on battery power and another 500 on liquid fuel, and has a battery pack that will last indefinitely. Anyone buying a Tesla needs to have their head examined. This yokel never heard of the Fisker. Or of third generation lithium ion batteries that it contains. Tesla claimed they were going to build a practical plug-in hybrid a year ago, but obviously soon realized that they simply didn’t have the abilities.

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  4. I live in a gated community where we can drive golf carts around the community roads. I have an electric, my neighbor has gas. From a standing start, I can leave him a hundred feet behind any day, level surface, up hill, whatever. Electric motors have incredible torque..

  5. I live in a gated community where we can drive golf carts around the community roads. I have an electric, my neighbor has gas. From a standing start, I can leave him a hundred feet behind any day, level surface, up hill, whatever. Electric motors have incredible torque..

  6. Oh please Scoble, guy owns the firm ofc he is going to say something like that. Lets put facts together however: McLaren F1 0-60MPH 2.6sec, Tesla 0-60MPH 5.7sec.

  7. Oh please Scoble, guy owns the firm ofc he is going to say something like that. Lets put facts together however: McLaren F1 0-60MPH 2.6sec, Tesla 0-60MPH 5.7sec.

  8. I found this article funny and probaply full of total false information. Firstly McLaren F1, not MacLaren. Secondly: Seriously 30-70MPH faster??? I doubt Tesla breaks any McLaren F1 record (maybe fuel efficency). Please Scobble try write correct information and maybe think 2 mins before posting stuff you hear.

  9. I found this article funny and probaply full of total false information. Firstly McLaren F1, not MacLaren. Secondly: Seriously 30-70MPH faster??? I doubt Tesla breaks any McLaren F1 record (maybe fuel efficency). Please Scobble try write correct information and maybe think 2 mins before posting stuff you hear.

  10. Ok… 200 miles for like £3 or $6…I take it that isn’t when you are doing 0-60 in sub 5 seconds. Why don’t companies concentrate on what people will want. The 4 door saloon car is what people use, sports cars are a luxury most people can’t afford. If you are wanting to make it big, make a peoples car, then make the odd exotic one. IF …you could get the same mileage as a normal car (350 miles) from a fillup, then you would be doing well, and competing with real cars. A £30,000 saloon with the range of a normal car… even £10 to fill it.. Would be worth it for me.

  11. Ok… 200 miles for like £3 or $6…I take it that isn’t when you are doing 0-60 in sub 5 seconds. Why don’t companies concentrate on what people will want. The 4 door saloon car is what people use, sports cars are a luxury most people can’t afford. If you are wanting to make it big, make a peoples car, then make the odd exotic one. IF …you could get the same mileage as a normal car (350 miles) from a fillup, then you would be doing well, and competing with real cars. A £30,000 saloon with the range of a normal car… even £10 to fill it.. Would be worth it for me.

  12. @Wreck totally agree. Part and parcel of life is to have fun no matter what your circumstances are make the best of it.

    When it over laps with technology for me even better. I cant stand people ho take pop shots because something is out of their reach.

    I’ve met Jason (in London once) nice guy, never met Scoble but if I did I’d be tempted to put my hand on his ass, as thats probably the closest I’ll probably ever get to the inside of the Tesla Roadster :)

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