BMW and MINI electric kids car race

Last week we took you to the dog-eat-dog world of radio controlled car racing, with on-board footage and video race report, as organised by The Racing Bug. All fine and fun, but wouldn’t you rather actually be in the car, racing your opponents wheel to wheel for real? Yes, we thought so too, so we […]

YW electric Grand Prix gets underway

Last week we took you to the dog-eat-dog world of radio controlled car racing, with on-board footage and video race report, as organised by The Racing Bug. All fine and fun, but wouldn’t you rather actually be in the car, racing your opponents wheel to wheel for real? Yes, we thought so too, so we took the electric BMW and MINI cars we had on loan out for a thrashing, to see which came out on top. We had to enlist our youngest ever road testers due to the diminutive interiors. So which car was fastest, which one handled better, which one triumphed in the desirability stakes? There was only one way to find out: standby for the first ever YW Electric Grand Prix !



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BMW and MINI launch electric kids car range

Great gift idea: buy the kids their own electric cars With Christmas knocking on our doors next month we thought it was time to consider what the kiddies out there might want to find around the tree. iPad, no – too young, Playstation – nah, too annoying. Electric car – yeah, just the ticket for […]

MINI and BMW electric kids cars - with adult helmet to show scale

Great gift idea: buy the kids their own electric cars

With Christmas knocking on our doors next month we thought it was time to consider what the kiddies out there might want to find around the tree. iPad, no – too young, Playstation – nah, too annoying. Electric car – yeah, just the ticket for a few laps of the tree and drive!

Bring on the nice people at BMW and MINI who lent us some samples to play with. First up is a gorgeous electric MINI Cooper S convertible miniature; yours for a mere 249 Euros from www.mini.com/shop or 129 Euros in pedal car form. This deep metallic blue micro car is aimed at the 3-5 year old in your litter, comes with electric rechargeable pack and not much else. Unfortunately our particular sample got damaged en route, note to Santa: pack your sleigh a bit better pleeeeze. So ignore the crack on the rear left of the car, it certainly didn’t stop us bringing you this extreme car test.


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2009 IAA Frankfurt Auto / Motor Show – Tesla Model S and Roadster Sport

Tesla S all electric car: we’d like to call this the first showing of the new model S, however a closer peak at the show car reveals it is exactly that and no more, as doors were fixed shut, interior a mock up and the “chrome” finishing strips around windows etc were cracking under the […]

Tesla S all-electric saloon

Tesla S all-electric saloon


Tesla S all electric car: we’d like to call this the first showing of the new model S, however a closer peak at the show car reveals it is exactly that and no more, as doors were fixed shut, interior a mock up and the “chrome” finishing strips around windows etc were cracking under the heat of the show’s spotlights. Still, it’s not scheduled to come out the factory doors ’till 2011, so the cake’s got time to bake. It is at least an elegant and realistic shape that has a great chance of breaking into the mainstream if it can pull off it’s range and power goals at an affordable price. Their website announces $50,000 price tag, 300 mile range, unnecessarily fast acceleration, and sufficiently high top speed. Remarkably there’s room for 5 adults + 2 kids, as well as a front and back trunk.

Tesla Roadster Sport

Tesla Roadster Sport


Next to it, a fetching yellow Roadster Sport, that is available now, is a useful reminder that the future model S is a realistic proposition; even if the Roadster’s price compared to a petrol engined Elise makes you gasp. Remember how expensive a large Plasma screen TV was 10 years ago? And now? The 700th electric Roadster was delivered at the Frankfurt show to a German law student.

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Anatomy of a press launch: the video

Anatomy of a press launch: designed to attract the attention of the world’s press and propagate info about the car or product that’s new, launches are a strange mixture of party, PR people, company bosses, and maybe the odd celebrity. Yellowwheels attends Tesla London press launch of it’s first european showroom BUT has some questions […]

Elon Musk and Talulah Riley

Elon Musk and Talulah Riley

Anatomy of a press launch: designed to attract the attention of the world’s press and propagate info about the car or product that’s new, launches are a strange mixture of party, PR people, company bosses, and maybe the odd celebrity. Yellowwheels attends Tesla London press launch of it’s first european showroom BUT has some questions for it’s correspondent

Q: What’s a press launch?
A: Party, celebs, papps, champpers, glitz, glam, journos, snappers, PRs, CEOs

Q: Errrr, what ?!!!
A: You know: You have something to shout about, so you invite the press and some famous people, ply them with drink, dazzle them with lights and hope the event produces enough fizz to get reported around the world.

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Tesla – the car, here in the UK

Knightsbridge, London, 25th June: Tesla launches its UK arm, the first of the european dealerships. No mention of the new S model, but a refreshed red Roadster with new carbon bonnet loovers and mildy improved performance breaks cover. Luckily for yellowwheels, three other roadsters are on hand for a bit of visitor interaction. One of […]

Knightsbridge, London, 25th June: Tesla launches its UK arm, the first of the european dealerships. No mention of the new S model, but a refreshed red Roadster with new carbon bonnet loovers and mildy improved performance breaks cover. Luckily for yellowwheels, three other roadsters are on hand for a bit of visitor interaction. One of them sports big yellow leather inserts in its predominantly black interior giving us a slightly tenuous excuse to bring you some goregeous photos.

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Update: there will be a Brabus Tesla Roadster going up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend 3-5th July

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