GRA wrote:Is it that uncomfortable? I've read that the cooling fans are quite loud, but don't recall much about the ride quality. My Datsun 2000 Roadster could be taken on long road trips in reasonable comfort, so what's the issue with the Tesla? I thought they had provided an adapter to let you use the Model S HPWC connectors at least, but maybe I'm misinformed. I have no idea what might be involved in providing SC compatibility, but it just seems like a good idea in general.
Well, between the suspension that lets you "inspect" the fine grain of every pebble in the road in detail (seriously hitting a tiny metal rise at the edge of a bridge at 65 requires bracing yourself) and the fact that nothing remain anywhere in any compartment while driving (well, that is MOSTLY my fault) and lack of space it really is not a long drive car. It is a Lotus, it was meant to be taken to track days and throw around on curvy roads. It wasn't designed for humans to drive to the grocery store! The prize you get for that kind of suspension is pretty insane cornering/handling ability, but anyone who wants to drive it for 200+ miles is a masochist or is trying to repent for something.
The fans work very actively but the car just can not get rid of heat fast enough when pushed (which is the same with Model S). So you can use all the power for a brief period of time, then the car has to cool down.
I have never seen any kind of adapter except for L2, and those don't work (the car trips most L2 EVSEs by ground fault, and this is normal).
A long time ago (before I got my license) I knew someone with a purple Lotus Europa, and while I can't directly comment on the driving qualities, from a passenger's point of view it certainly would corner.
The Datsun had a very rudimentary suspension (you'd get rear axle windup anytime you made a sharp right turn while accelerating) and fairly stiff shocks, and with its short wheelbase truck heaves on the freeway were like driving into a head sea with short, steep waves - you could get quite a pounding/rocking. But I don't remember the ride as being uncomfortable with a good surface. Might have had something to do with the fact that it had 165/80-14 tires. If you put 185/70-14s on it, they'd rub the inside of the fender wells anytime the suspension was compressed much. I've never been a big fan of super-low profile tires.
Maybe I was just younger then, and willing to put up with more - after the exhaust pipe developed a leak directly under me I drove around with a 'heated driver's seat' for about a year, winter and summer!
That car was a lot of fun, and other than its lack of carrying capacity, practical for commuting as well.
Another friend had a Honda S2000 for a while, and although it benefitted from about 35 years of refinement compared to the Datsun, reminded me a lot of it, and I could easily have seen using one as my daily drive, although I prefer an engine with enough low-end torque that I don't have to row the gears for routine driving, and Honda engines tend to be peaky. The 1st gen Miata didn't fit me, always struck me as sort of meek looking, and they've always seemed to be a bit weak in the engine department. But they may well be better now, and by all accounts they have a near perfect blend of power and handling.