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Will.i.am's modified Tesla Model S is atrocious

By Shawn Knight ยท 31 replies
Aug 31, 2016
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  1. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,240   +693

    I'm 80% sure that the Gull-wing doors are only on the Model X, not the Model S. This one has suicide doors, it looks like (the original Model S does not - to my knowledge)
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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,080   +4,083

    OK, you're right about the gull wing doors being on the Model "X":
    But I'm still right about them being hideous...:mad:

    In all fairness, (and obviously), the two cars don't look different enough to really matter:


    The model "S" does have a cleaner line though, without the door post and small window behind it.

    I still like the styling of the now pushing 40 Delorean, much better than either Tesla, and I'm sticking firmly to that part of the story!
  3. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,240   +693

    I just like the Model S because it doesn't look like it was designed by committee (modern Corolla) or a 12yo (pick-a-super-car). Its not bad, but it blends into the rest of the crowded Sedan market. Unless you shelled out for the full glass roof and the more expensive paint, the whole thing is pretty forgetable. It looks like they were trying to draw inspiration from the Astin Martin DB9 or Vanquish, but fell short.

    But yeah, the Model X is ugly - most "City Utility Vehicles" are - and I prefer the Delorean over both.
  4. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,969   +580

    I take it people who don't like this don't like hyper cars? This one reminds me a little of a McLaren P1.
  5. Phr3d

    Phr3d TS Guru Posts: 404   +86

    The Model S' resemblance to Aston was intentional - Tesla got the Other model of what whatever-his-name-was pen'd/sold to Fisker (aka, the Karma is what the drawings looked like, before aerodynamics smoothed and normalized it).
    The DeLorean was (and still IS, the few copies that remain) a horrible car - one that define's crank's own position of "has the parts to repair it available" as it died a quick and inevitable death due to its laughable performance and the CEO's ahem, habits.
    It Does look good, if you don't hafta' drive or gawd forbid Own it.
    Can't wait for the Model 3, guessing someone here will find its looks displeasing, hehe.
    This IS a strange article for a tech site.
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  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,516   +5,080

    Yeah like the only reason it is here is the name "Tesla". Custom body designs of a sports car article doesn't even fit in the grey area of technology.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,080   +4,083

    Oh, I'm not so naive as to believe owning a Delorean would be a matter of "practicality".
    My stance is, if you want a car with gull wing doors, virtually anything is better looking than the Tesla X

    Someone is actually trying to revive the Delorean as a very limited special edition. I'm guessing 40 years from now, no one will be trying to do the same for any Tesla.

    Well, after Musk takes what were expected to be American jobs to Singapore or where ever, we may finally get to see one. Musk is a self serving creep. If I ever buy an electric car, I'll wait til Chrysler builds a plug in Jeep.

    Oh and BTW, John Delorean was acquitted of any charges. It seems the FBI and his criminal buddy "entrapped" him into the coke deal.

    On October 19, 1982, DeLorean was charged with trafficking cocaine by the U.S. government, following a videotaped sting operation in which he was recorded by undercover Federal agents agreeing to bankroll cocaine smuggling operation. He had more than 59 pounds (27 kg) of cocaine (worth about $6.5 million) in a hotel near Los Angeles International Airport after arriving from New York, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated DeLorean was the "financier" to help the financially declining company in a scheme to sell 220 lb (100 kg), with an estimated value of $24 million.[25] The government was tipped off to DeLorean by confidential informant James Timothy Hoffman, a former neighbor, who reported to his FBI superiors that DeLorean had approached him to ask about setting up a cocaine deal; in reality, Hoffman had called DeLorean and suggested the deal (which DeLorean then accepted) as part of his efforts to receive a reduced sentence on a 1981 Federal cocaine trafficking charge that he was awaiting trial on. Hoffman (whose name was redacted on the original indictment) also stated that he was aware of DeLorean's financial troubles before he contacted him, and had heard him admit that he needed $17 million "in a hurry" to prevent DMC's imminent insolvency.

    Taken together, these two elements allowed DeLorean to successfully defend himself at trial with the procedural defense of police entrapment. Despite video and audio evidence clearly showing him negotiating over the particulars of the deal and referring to a suitcase full of cocaine as "good as gold", his lawyers successfully argued that the FBI and DEA had unfairly targeted and illegally entrapped DeLorean when they allowed Hoffman (an active FBI informant who only knew DeLorean casually) to randomly elicit DeLorean into a criminal conspiracy simply because he was known to be financially vulnerable.[citation needed] Another factor was DeLorean's lack of criminal history, whereas Hoffman was a career criminal who stood to directly benefit if he was able to convince DeLorean to incriminate himself on tape. The DeLorean defense team did not call any witnesses. DeLorean was found not guilty on August 16, 1984,[26] but by then DMC had already collapsed into bankruptcy and DeLorean's reputation as a businessman was irrevocably tarnished. When asked after his acquittal if he planned to resume his career in the auto industry, DeLorean bitterly quipped "Would you buy a used car from me?"[27]

    As for the Delorean going back into production, here's a link to the story:


    I would do more research, but as you say, "this is such a silly topic" >!!!!!!!!< (for good measure)
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2016

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