Tesla community mobilizes to help in Elon Musk’s end-of-Q2 push: Here’s why they do it

Tesla volunteers are mobilizing once more to help the electric car maker deliver as many vehicles as it can before the end of the second quarter. These volunteer-driven initiatives are happening not only in the United States, but in foreign territories as well. Earlier this month, for example, reports emerged stating that Tesla owners from Beijing are volunteering their time and effort to help the company hand over electric cars to new buyers.

This remarkable community-driven initiative initially started out of necessity amidst Tesla’s efforts to hit profitability back in Q3 2018, but it quickly evolved into something of a tradition among electric car enthusiasts. For some Tesla owners, volunteering their time and helping the company is a worthwhile endeavor, and it is something that they do not mind doing every quarter. This is true for the Tesla Owners Silicon Valley group, who visited three Tesla locations this Friday to deliver over 100 donuts for the electric car maker’s employees.

For John, the president of the group, doing something as simple as sharing food for the company’s workers goes a long way, particularly at the current time where the narrative surrounding the company is persistently negative. “We love the Tesla brand. Unfortunately, the media is cutting them down any chance they get. It’s like kicking a horse that’s down. We do small things like volunteering at the delivery center and giving donuts to show our appreciation,” he wrote in a message to Teslarati.

Tesla’s volunteer-driven end-of-quarter initiatives are incredibly unique simply because they caught on despite the pervading negativity around the company. When Elon Musk initially responded positively to owner-enthusiast Ryan McCaffrey’s suggestion that the company accept help from volunteers last year, Tesla was mocked incessantly. Auto-themed website Jalopnik, for one sarcastically dubbed the community-driven program as a way for the billionaire Musk to tap into “free labor from generous, giving fans.” Undeterred, the community helped nonetheless, and it resulted in Tesla posting a profit in Q3 2018.

Perhaps critics find it difficult to rationalize why regular Tesla owners are open to volunteering their time and effort to help the electric car maker. In this sense, it appears that one must have a personal encounter with one of the company’s creations to understand why Tesla commands such a strong following, both among owners and enthusiasts alike.

Marques Brownlee, a Model S owner better known on YouTube as MKBHD, noted that it is really all about the product when it comes to Tesla. Narrating his experiences with the company in a message to Teslarati, the prolific tech YouTuber, who has used and reviewed his own fair share of hyped products over the years, noted that he became comfortable talking about Tesla when he developed a passion for its electric cars. “The main thing that got me to talk about Tesla is the product itself. The company could have all the hype in the world, and all the greatest incentives, but if the product didn’t live up to it, everything would fall flat for me. But testing and now owning the car was all it took for me to develop a passion for the product, just like I have for many other tech products in the past,” Brownlee wrote in a message to Teslarati.

Tesla owner-enthusiast and Ride the Lightning podcast host Ryan McCaffrey is on the same camp. Being an enthusiast long before he owned his Model 3 Performance, McCaffrey stated that there is just something unique and remarkable about the company’s creations. “It’s the products. No one would care as deeply about Tesla as many in the community do if the products weren’t incredible. It’s why one test drive is all it takes to convert so many new owners. It’s an instant, oh-my-goodness-this-is-amazing experience,” he wrote.

Some owners even go above and beyond with their efforts to introduce new electric car buyers to the Tesla ecosystem. Among these is longtime Tesla owner Vivianna Van Deerlin, who, together with her husband, created an actual “Tesla Boot Camp” program for new owners. For the Van Deerlins, Tesla has become much more than a simple company that just happens to make excellent, compelling electric cars. “The company inspires us because they have a mission (that’s) important for humanity. It is bigger than just the corporation,” Vivianna wrote.

A look at the later portions of Tesla’s 2019 Annual Shareholder Meeting shows that similar sentiments run across the company’s investors. During the Q&A portion of the meeting, several shareholders brought up the issue of the overwhelmingly negative narrative surrounding the company, and it showed a level of empathy for a company that rarely seen. Some even personally offered to help address the misinformation surrounding Tesla. Musk admitted that the constant negativity thrown at Tesla is distressing, though he, together with CTO JB Straubel and VP for Tech Drew Baglino, thanked the shareholders for being the electric car maker’s line of defense. “Customer testimony and referrals are the key to our sales,” Musk said.

So what is it really about Tesla that makes it easy for owners to become enthusiasts? Perhaps it is the company’s mission of accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy, or perhaps it is the flourishing community that has, in multiple instances, shown empathy towards its members. Regardless, it appears that Tesla, at this point, has pretty much become an idea; one that represents the possibility of a more sustainable future. And as history would show us, it takes far more than an aggressively negative narrative to bring down an idea.

Tesla community mobilizes to help in Elon Musk’s end-of-Q2 push: Here’s why they do it

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RS3 tuning

Tuning the Audi RS3 and best RS3 performance parts.

Currently kitted out with the 363bhp 2.5 TFSi engine the RS3 is firmly back as THE hot hatch!

If you want a car that looks superficially like any other in the work car park, but gives supercar levels of fun and performance at the weekends then the RS3 is your car.

The RS3 combines Audi’s rich motorsport knowledge with the perfect family car. Every component and setup of the RS3 has been carefully thought out, leaving nothing lacking.

But armed with our RS3 tuning guide you can improve on perfection and end up with the ultimate road car.

Take your time and research RS3 tuning to save yourself making the usual common slip ups we see.

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Many RS3 owners uprate the already good handling of their cars with performance suspension modifications as a priority, this will certainly increase your enjoyment of the car. Drop the car by as much as 20mm and fit coilovers but the magnetic suspension setup is very hard to beat.

Stock springs are not great though and there are many better options out there.

Our aim in RS3 engine tuning should be to increase peak power and Torque at the top end, whilst retaining the low down torque and eagerness of the 2.5 liter engine.

Enjoy your RS3 to the full with our solid performance tuning hints – do the right mods in the right order.

Sadly with smaller engine sizes you are wasting your time spending money on modifications, so if this applies to you get yourself an engine swap then apply the following mods.

Engine Tuning.

These modifications are usually fitted by our members and are the most popular, but decide how far you want to push your car before you begin so you have a firm plan to start with.

These blocks were designed to tolerate power figures in the region of 700bhp so make a great base for a tuning project. FSi injection running at upto 1770psi on a common rail. The ECU is a Bosch Motronic MED unit and it uses two knock sensors, allowing it to manage each cylinder separately.

There is a carbon build up issue to watch for on these engines but we have prepared a detailed tuning guide to the 2.5 TFSi engine.

Read more at: https://www.torquecars.com/audi/2-5tfsi-tuning.php

Getting the right motorsport mods for your planned usage of the car is vital. Stage 3 competition upgrades just won’t work well on the road and will make the car undriveable.

Stage 1 mods: Suspension upgrade (drop by around 20mm), Panel air filter, Lighter flywheel, Remap, Alloy wheels, Sports exhaust.

Stage 2 mods: Fast road cam, Power/Sport clutch, high flow fuel injector, Ported and polished head, fuel pump upgrades.

Stage 3 mods: Adding or upgrading forced induction (turbo/supercharger), Sports gearbox, Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves), Engine balancing, Competition cam.

Your aim when modding the engine should be a flat and wide torque output. You don’t want all the torque to be at the top end of the rev range unless you are creating a competition car.

The point of our guides is to give a starting base of modifications and point you in the right direction, our forum is best place to go if you need more detailed advice and tips on your car tuning project, the best sport kits and all aspects of modding cars.

Remaps are one of the most cost effective mods you can do but these are best left until last to take into account your other mods.

A fast road camshaft will be one of the best mechanical power mods you can do with a single part fitted to your engine, but it’s best mated to other upgrades.

The cam improves the intake and exhaust durations and pushes up the power if done right. Ideally you’d add other mods and finish up with a remap. We’d also caution you not to go with a competition cam as this upsets the engines idling and general town driving characteristics.When pushing up the power you will need to increase to the fuelling. More power needs more fuel.

The 2.5 responds well on higher octane fuel, giving a noticeably peppier performance. Not all high octane fuels are the same though and generally range from 98 to 101 octane (standard octane is rated at 95).

Using higher octane fuel is another option if you find you are suffering from pinking or premature ignition on your Audi project after fitting other performance parts and some owners will only use high octane fuel as a precaution after doing extensive mods.

Uprating the injectors is another beneficial modification and will deliver sufficient fuel. A fuel pump will only deliver a finite amount of fuel, so you may need to uprate this if your injectors are demanding more fuel.

Intake and Exhaust Tuning.

The next area for modification is the intake and exhaust. Induction kits are only beneficial to increase power if the air intake is restricted! Adding an induction kit to most standard engines will see NO POWER GAIN AT ALL. If you have heavily modified your engine and it’s need for air INCREASES DRAMATICALLY then an induction kit is the answer and will help remove this restriction.

Derestricting the airflow into the engine is a primary goal of car tuners so get a freer flowing air filter if you find that the car is running lean only if you find the car is running lean. Induction kits can sound fun but due to the warm air in the engine bay they will not add noticeable power and usually rob you of power on most cars.

Sports exhausts can help balance the flow of gases through the engine. But if the exhaust pipe is too large, ie: it’s over 2.5 inches bore, you will lose a lot of the flow rate and end up losing power and torque.

Airflow through the head can be dramatically increased with some professional flowed (porting and polishing). These should match and be setup to take into account any other engine mods.

When you start tuning your RS3 you will reach a point that the standard clutch starts to fail so get an uprated clutch. Remaps offer impressive power gains on all turbo charged cars. On NASP engines the benefits are doubtful. However a remap on a NASP engine will help unleash the potential if you have done a lot of mods.

We’ve also come across some owners toying with twin charging conversions and making some very high power hikes.

Despite the large cost involved adding forced induction to a NASP engine will give large power gains. Turbos are usually harder to add than a supercharger. With a turbo the power curve is related exponentially to the engine speed making it difficult to map fueling with.

It is easier to map a supercharger because the boost is correlating to engine speed on a linear curve. To cope with forced induction you will usually need to decrease the compression ratio of the engine .

Alloy wheel upgrades.

Alloy wheels can help the brakes cool down and are usually less heavy than steel ones. Large RS3 alloys can decrease performance. If you get big alloys you will be changing your final drive ratio.

Due to this we would advise sticking to a maximum wheel size of 18 inches, although we know some of our members have with bigger wheels with no problems.

For more information on Tuning your car please join us in our friendly forum where you can discuss RS3 options in more detail
with our RS3 owners. It would also be worth reading our unbiased Audi tuning articles to get a full grasp of the benefits and drawbacks of each modification.

Please help us improve these tips by sending us your feedback in the comments box below. We love to hear what our visitors have got up to and which mods work best for them on each model of car. Comments are used to improve the accuracy of these articles which are continually updated.

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Drako GT: A new 1,000-horsepower electric supercar hopeful

If Tesla can do it, Drako Motors thinks it can, too. The Silicon Valley-based EV startup provided the first glimpse of its upcoming supercar simply called the Drako GT.

The Drako GT is said to be both incredibly luxurious and powerful. Per the company, the car will seat four passengers and carry their luggage “luxuriously” in tandem. On the power side of things, Drako Motors plans to unleash the supercar with 1,200 horsepower and 6,490 pound-feet of torque and a 206 mph top speed. Do note, Drako is absolutely speaking about wheel torque, not torque as it’s typically measured. 

Wheel torque is calculated with drive ratios and isn’t just what the powertrain creates total. Tesla also boasted about the second-generation Roadster housing 7,000 pound-feet of torque, but in reality, the marketing department simply wanted to make some eyes widen.

We digress. Drako has actually been around for a few years, but it’s been working quietly to build the GT. In 2015, the startup built a prototype to show off its torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system. It even ran the prototype around the Nürburgring Nordschleife and completed a lap in 7:49.

Aside from the confirmation that we will see the car, we don’t have any other information on the car at this time. Only a very brief teaser video showed the car’s front fascia and a headlight. We can’t even comment on the design with the super quick look, but we do know former Pininfarina director Lowie Vermeersch is the man behind the looks.

We’ll have to wait until August 16 at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering during 2019 Monterey Car Week when Drako plans to debut the car.

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