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Leilani Münter, a professional racecar driver, Tesla enthusiast

Leilani Münter, a professional racecar driver and environmental advocate who is vegan, said she was disappointed when she first tried to buy the Model S and could not get the faster, sportier model without real leather seats. She contacted Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder and chief executive, who helped her get the desired model with cloth seats, she said. Not too long after — faced with several compla...

2016-01-18 04:27:59

Here's what is really happening with those vegan Teslas.

For vegans, buying a high-end automobile can be tricky. The interior option of choice for most manufacturers is leather.

It's an issue that came up with Tesla last June, when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) — a Tesla shareholder — lobbied for nonanimal-based materials.

At the time, Tesla already offered a vegan-friendly interior — in the form of synthetic cloth seating, faux leather accents, and a non-leather steering wheel — but founder Elon Musk also said he'd look into the issue.

Here's what PETA released this morning: "TESLA LAUNCHES ALL-VEGAN CAR AFTER PETA APPEAL: CEO Elon Musk Makes Good on Promise to Explore Vegan Car Interiors, Now Offers Leather-Free Option for New SUV."

According to the PETA statement, Tesla developed a vegan-interior option after the organization urged the company to do so last June.

by Business Insider

Racing Extinction Sundance 2015 - Elon Musk and Leilani Münter  |  More info

Billionaire Visionary Elon Musk and Environmentalist NSCAR Driver Leilani Münter show off their tricked out Tesla at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Premiere of the movie "Racing Extinction"

2016-02-22 21:44:53

Leilani Münter takes Maxwell on insane Tesla ride  |  More info

Race car driver, environmentalist and Tesla owner Leilani Münter rewards 16-year old Maxwell for getting an electric vehicle charger station installed in Denville, New Jersey.

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2017-03-23 04:05:43

Leilani Münter reveals Tesla race car’s 1,100 lb weight reduction helped by biocomposites.

Leilani Münter showed off the new lightweight biocomposite components being used in Electric GT’s Tesla Model S P100D racecar, while in Paris today.

Maker of the biocomposite material Bcomp shared that the hood of the vehicle was constructed from all natural flax fibers instead of the usual carbon fiber mesh. Over the top of the naturally strong and woven Bcomp Powergrid Mesh, Bcomp applied an epoxy to create flexible, high strength and most importantly, an ultra lightweight shell for the car.

To highlight the natural fiber, the hood of the show car has a section showing the exposed fibers, revealing a delicate balance between natural fibers and high-end race technology used in the vehicle.

While at the show, Leilani jumped on Facebook to livestream a video from inside the car, also interviewing several leaders from the Electric GT Team. She shared that the Electric GT team and Bcomp had collectively eliminated an incredible 1,100 pounds from the vehicle, or over 20% of the vehicle’s factory curb weight.

Considering the factory weight of a Model S P100D is around 5,000 lbs and the battery pack weighs roughly 1,200 lbs, the team is looking at producing a race vehicle weighing in at somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,900 lbs, with 2,800 lbs of that being non-battery weight.

by Teslarati

2017-03-23 04:25:18

Electric GT - New Tesla Model S P100DL Car Specs

Electric GT - New Tesla Model S P100DL Car Specs  |  More info

Detailed performance data for the EGT Tesla V2.0, based on the P100DL. 500kgs will be removed from the production model, meaning the modified car is capable of doing 0-100 km/h in 2.1 seconds. It will produce 778 BHP and 995 Nm of torque.

2017-03-29 12:42:01

0-100 km/h in 2.1 seconds

778 bhp (585 kW) and 995 Nm