The Starting Point - Ford's Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan
Ever since the February 2013 print edition of Car and Driver magazine landed in my mailbox nearly 2 months ago, I've been pondering how to present to you its feature story titled "The Race of the Centuries: 2013 Tesla Model S vs. 1915 Ford Model T."
The problem was that it's so expertly written and in such detail, that there's no way I could accurately summarize the story in less than a few thousand words.
Luckily, the story has now hit Car and Driver's website.
Here's the basic summary of the Model S versus Model T matchup:
"So as not to be seen as blithely unappreciative of a new technology’s inevitable teething issues, namely the Tesla’s limited driving range and the nation’s inadequate charging infrastructure, we developed a kind of handicap for the Model S. The Tesla would not go up against a new car, which would enjoy a de facto head start thanks to more than a century of development. Instead, it would compete against a car more in line with an electric vehicle’s limitations. Hence, we looked back over automotive history for a suitable candidate. Way back, in fact. Actually, a bit further, and further still, and keep it going, just a little ways more . . . until we pretty much bumped into the horse again."
"How would the car that’s heralded as the savior of humanity stack up against the humble Tin Lizzie?"
Interior of Tesla's Fremont Plant
The full story, along with ~90 stunning photos, can be found by clicking the source link below. We highly recommend you read it in its entirety and then let us know your thoughts in Comments below.
Source: Car and Driver