Tesla Roadster Breaks Ground by Recording Time at Goodwood

By Tesla Motors Ltd, PRNE
Thursday, June 30, 2011

LONDON, July 1, 2011 -

Tesla Roadster to
be First Production Electric Car to Set Time on Hill Climb at
Goodwood Festival of Speed


Electric carmaker Tesla Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) today
announced that the Tesla Roadster will be the first production
electric car to record a time in the prestigious Hill Climb event
at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, held at Goodwood Estate,
Chichester, West Sussex. The car’s participation in this event
marks yet another historic “first” for the Tesla Roadster.

Goodwood Festival of Speed ( href="www.goodwood.co.uk">www.goodwood.co.uk) is
the largest car culture festival in the world, with an atmosphere
of luxury and excitement pervading its celebration of historic and
contemporary motorsport. The Hill Climb event is a highlight of the
Festival, combining a diverse and authentic array of cars and
motorbikes with a star-studded line-up of drivers. Only the most
significant cars in the history of international motorsport are
invited to participate in the Hill Climb, which takes place on the
immaculate grounds of Goodwood House. The Tesla Roadster
(www.teslamotors.com/roadster), accelerating from 0 to 60
mph in 3.7 seconds, and traveling over 200 miles on a single
charge, sets a high bar for both zero-emissions vehicles and
supercars, proving that drivers need not compromise on performance
or design to go electric.

“Tesla is deeply honoured that the Roadster is the first production
electric car invited to set a time in the Hill Climb,” said Gian
, Tesla’s Country Manager for UK and Ireland. “The
Roadster’s performance is sure to bring a new dimension to this
year’s Festival.”

Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from Thursday, June 30 through
Sunday, July 3. On Friday and Saturday, the Roadster will engage in
two Hill Climb practice sessions, with the final two timed runs on
Sunday. A 2011 Roadster Sport also will be shown in the Supercar
Run each day at approximately 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

About Tesla Motors

Tesla’s goal is to create the most compelling car company of the
21st century, while accelerating the world’s transition to electric
vehicles. Based in Palo Alto, California, Tesla designs,
manufactures and sells EVs and EV powertrain components. Tesla has
delivered more than 1,650 Roadsters to customers world-wide, and
through its strategic partners is powering thousands of additional
EVs. Tesla Roadster owners have driven almost 11 million cumulative
zero emission miles. Next year, Tesla plans to begin deliveries of
the Model S, the world’s first luxury sedan to take full advantage
of an all electric powertrain.

Tesla Media Contact

Myra Pasek, href="mailto:myra@teslamotors.com">myra@teslamotors.com,
Roberto Toro, href="mailto:rtoro@teslamotors.com">rtoro@teslamotors.com,



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