Tesla, Please Build this Model R Hypercar
We won’t string you along; this stunning shape is not the latest creation of Tesla Motors’ electric vehicle design center, but we wish it were. Rather, this sleek hypercar shape is the design work of UK graphic artist Khyzyl Saleem, and it’s frankly extraordinary. On Facebook, Saleem notes that the California-based EV automaker has yet to offer a true supercar or hypercar model, despite previously selling the Tesla Roadster sports car. His solution? A striking coupe such as this, what he calls the Tesla Model R. If its rakish body lines and low-slung stance look vaguely familiar, perhaps you’ve seen the original car that spawned Saleem's design—the rarified Saleen S7 supercar, built from 2000 to 2009 and featuring a 7.0-liter Ford V8, followed later by a twin-turbocharged version. RELATED: Check Out Italy's Newest 1,000-HP Hypercar
If Tesla Motors ever were to take the plunge into the supercar or hypercar market—something it sadly looks unlikely to do—it’s not hard to imagine that the result would look something like this. Saleem’s rendition features the front grille and headlights that have made the previous generation of Model S sedan so recognizable (now replaced with an updated look going forward). The rest of the design nips, tucks, and brings the remainder of the aging S7 up to date.
Saleem puts forward that such a Model R would likely feature all-wheel drive (like the top-tier Model S and X performance cars) and would be comparable in performance to the likes of the Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar.
For those also headlong in love with this striking yet conceptual design, there is hope however. A new Tesla Roadster is reported to be under development, providing a new appearance, more space, and more performance than before.
Hey Tesla designers, fancy making it look like this?
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