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Tesla Roadster similar to one driven by Formula One driver Frentzen
Tesla Roadster similar to one driven by Formula One driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen.

Ex- Formula One Driver Frentzen Tests Tesla Roadster

Juwi Group Co-founder Arranges Test Drive in Germany

By EV World

After his first test drive of the all-electric Tesla Roadster, former Formula One driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen came away suitably impressed, commenting, "this thing has real power." His only complaint? Missing engine noise, which he describes as an intoxicating "music" to drivers.

Frentzen's test drive was sponsored by the Juwi Group, a German-based renewable energy company. Present for the drive was Juwi co-founder Matthias Willenbacher, who noted that "electrical mobility is much more efficient than petrol engines where most of the energy is lost to heat."

Willenbacher, whose firm is currently developing a 49.5 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Costa Rica, plans to convert Juwi's 80 car fleet over to electric within two years.

With gasoline prices steadily on the rise, the Tesla's one cent per kilometer energy costs are "extremely attactive," Willenbacher added, despite the car taking up to twelve hours to recharge.

Ever the tease, Frentzen stopped at a gasoline station during his test drive and asked the attendants if they had any electricity for his car?

Translation of original article in German courtesy of Google

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Published: 14-Sep-2008

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