This is a story with many twists and turns, but the bottom line is that we seem to have discovered the world’s fastest first generation Tesla Roadster with an experimental, mutant drive motor, never intended for release, accidentally sold to an unsuspecting customer.
It all began innocently in August of 2019, when a Tesla Roadster owner called us, trying to sell his bricked (dead battery) car to us. In 2019, these were the dark Roadster days, just after Tesla had stopped 3.0 replacement battery production due to engineering problems.
With no drive battery replacement solution on the horizon, many owners were dumping their dead Tesla Roadsters, fearing they would no longer be able to drive their cars once the batteries reached end of life.
We bought Tesla Roadster VIN 581 as a parts car from this owner. It sat for two years waiting to be resurrected, and as we brought it back to life, an intriguing tale emerged, which catapults this early Tesla to celebrity status, cementing its place permanently in Tesla history.