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Unreleased Tesla Roadster Performance Pack Mule Up for Auction

Unreleased Tesla Roadster Performance Pack Mule Up for Auction

A rare piece of Tesla history is up for auction, and it’s likely to fetch a pretty hefty price among automotive enthusiasts and collectors. The vehicle, a 2011 Tesla Roadster Performance Package Development Mule, is the only one of its kind available for purchase today. In fact, it’s the first time such a vehicle has ever been available for purchase, period.

Tesla was a very different company in 2011. At the time, Tesla was preparing to launch the vehicle that would transform the company from a niche electric sports car maker to a very mainstream premium EV company. Tesla introduced the Model S prototype in 2011, so it’s safe to say that at the time, the company was focusing most of its resources on developing an all-electric premium sedan.

But as can be seen in the 2011 Tesla Roadster Performance Package Development Mule, the Elon Musk-led company was also working on an upgraded version of its first consumer vehicle. Cars and DealsTesla Motors, which is currently auctioning this rare vehicle, is offering a number of upgrade features on the yet-to-be-released development vehicle that are not available on any Tesla Roadster sold to date.

The most striking thing is the exposed carbon fiber body of the development mule, which is unique to the vehicle. It is also equipped with Tarox high-performance brakes, a special anti-lock braking system flash tuning developed by Continental, a differential from Holing and a Bilstein suspension with a special tuning. The development mule is also equipped with an 80 KWh battery pack, which should give the vehicle more than enough range even by today’s standards.

As noted Cars and Deals In his video for the vehicle, the unique development mule began its life as a Tesla Roadster 2.5 Sport that was damaged in an accident. The vehicle was taken back to Tesla for repairs, but the company instead opted to use the vehicle to develop an upgrade for the Roadster, similar to the vehicle’s R80 (3.0) upgrade. While the Tesla Roadster R80 (3.0) featured mostly internal upgrades, the development mule was more noticeable due to its exposed carbon fiber body.

Unfortunately for the Tesla Roadster performance mule, it never entered production and therefore the package was never sold to consumers. Tesla continued to invest its resources into the Model S, which changed the whole idea of ​​what modern electric vehicles could be. The next step, of course, was history and included milestones such as the Model Y becoming the world’s best-selling car by volume in 2023.

Cars and DealsThe 2011 Tesla Roadster Performance Package Development Mule is listed here: HereYou can watch the introduction of the vehicle in the video below.

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