In its conviction that sustainability and luxury are absolutely compatible and that electric car motors are an important trend for today and tomorrow, Tesla Motors, Inc. have announced that the Tesla Roadster was the first production electric car to record a time in the prestigious Hill Climb event at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, held at Goodwood Estate, Chichester, West Sussex. The car's participation in this event, on 3 July 2011, marks yet another historic "first" for the Tesla Roadster.
Goodwood Festival of Speed is the largest car culture festival in the world, with an atmosphere of luxury and excitement pervading its celebration of historic and contemporary motorsport. The Hill Climb event is a highlight of the Festival, combining a diverse and authentic array of cars and motorbikes with a star-studded line-up of drivers. Only the most significant cars in the history of international motorsport are invited to participate in the Hill Climb, which takes place on the immaculate grounds of Goodwood House. The Tesla Roadster, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and traveling over 200 miles on a single charge, sets a high bar for both zero-emissions vehicles and supercars, proving that drivers need not compromise on performance or design to go electric.