(February 2, 2014) At 7:30am today, two Tesla Model S sedans rolled quietly to a stop outside New York’s City Hall to set a record speed time for an electric vehicle crossing the United States. The team had just driven the two cars across the U.S. while relying only on Superchargers for energy. Not only did the Cross Country Rally team manage the trip from Los Angeles to New York City in just 76 and a half hours, it also recorded the lowest charge time for an electric vehicle traveling across the country – a feat that is now being assessed for recognition as a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement.
After three days of enduring blizzards, a blinding sand storm, freezing temperatures, and driving rain, the Cross Country Rally came to its conclusion on a surprisingly mild New York morning. The crew of 15 drivers, many of whom had seldom slept over the past few days, was treated to the sight of Manhattan’s skyscrapers slowly emerging through the fog as the two Model S sedans crossed the Brooklyn Bridge. The cars were driven over the finish line by Tesla staffers Sara Eslinger and Jalpa Patel. Tesla CTO JB Straubel was on board for the final leg from Newark, Delaware, to New York City, where the team was greeted by CEO Elon Musk after crossing the finish line.
Superchargers, which are free to use for Model S owners, are situated in more than 85 locations worldwide, with many more due to come online in the next couple of years. Aside from not costing users a cent, Superchargers are also faster than regular charging: they replenish half a charge in as little as 20 minutes. Father-daughter combination John and Jill Glenney were quick to claim the mantle of “first electric car drive across America using only Superchargers,” completing the cross country drive last week as Tesla energized the final stations along the route.
Throughout the journey, Tesla’s rally team was privileged to meet fans from around the country at Superchargers in Worthington, MN, Macedonia, OH, and Newark, DE, among others. These fans brought firm handshakes, warm smiles, hot coffee, and a fierce pride in their vehicles. The team reciprocated by handing out T-shirts and mingling with each crowd. The Tesla team was comprised of Tesla employees who were directly involved with the construction, operation, and deployment of the Superchargers – a rapidly expanding network that is a crucial part of the company’s mission to accelerate the transition to sustainable transportation.
Trip meter per car: 3,464.5 miles
Total energy: 1,197.8 kWh
By Hamish McKenzie, Lead Writer
Irvine, CA January 17, 2014 – The nation’s largest go-kart company, K1 Speed, will cut the ribbon to their second San Diego facility Monday January 27th at 5pm, and celebrate a special event Sunday February 9th from 12pm-5pm. This location pays a special homage to the karting chain, which opened with their first facility in nearby Carlsbad 10 years ago.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to kick off 2014, and our 10th year of business, with a trip back to San Diego County,” says Susan Danglard, co-founder of K1 Speed, “We’ve opened 18 centers since first breaking ground in Carlsbad, and it’s been a wonderful journey. We look forward to many more facilities and years of K1 to come.”
Residents of “America’s Finest City” will now be able to enjoy the thrill of indoor karting closer to the city center. The company’s new downtown location in Barrio Logan—situated near the historic Gaslamp Quarter and the bustling East Village—will be uniquely equipped, unlike any in the company’s history, to accommodate walk-in guests and groups looking to spend a night out on the town.
Ribbon Cutting – San Diego Chamber of Commerce
Monday, January 27th at 4:30pm
Sunday, February 9th from 12pm-5pm
1709 Main St.
San Diego, CA 92107
About K1 Speed:
Founded in 2003, K1 Speed is the premier karting company in America. With kart racing centers in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, the Inland Empire, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, Austin, Houston and several more facilities planned for the near future, K1 Speed brings the thrill and excitement of indoor karting to a large audience. Offering highly-advanced and environmentally-friendly electric karts as well as large indoor entertainment venues that feature authentic racing memorabilia, pit cafes, meeting rooms and pool tables, K1 Speed is a great place to visit with family and friends or to host a corporate event or party.
On Friday, January 24, Red Bull will be hosting a social screening of Nitro Circus: The Movie at iconic concert and event venue, The Yost Theater to kick off the final leg of The Nitro Circus Live North American Tour, ending at the Honda Center on Sunday, January 26. Nitro Circus: The Movie is an action-packed film featuring the world’s greatest freestyle motocross rider, Travis Pastrana, and his crew of highly skilled and adrenaline-addicted athlete buddies. Pastrana and his friends push the limits with the most dangerous stunts in the world of action sports. Whether they are trying to back flip a bike over a 60 story-high-building or land a death-defying jump while playing Angry Birds, Travis and his gang are going for it. High Risk. High Octane. No Safety Nets Allowed.
The event is complimentary and is open to adults 18 and over. To RSVP, please email EventRSVP8@gmail.com. A confirmation email will be returned to those that RSVP.
Special Screening of Nitro Circus: The Movie
307 N Spurgeon St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Friday, January 24 from 6pm – 10pm
Kick off the New Year with a rally from Orange County to Santa Barbara. Join Life In Sixth Gear (LSG) crew for the Northern Invasion on January 18th. Don’t get left in the dust.
Nitro Circus Live is coming to Orange County for one performance only and K1 Speed is the place to race for the chaos!
Join Chris Haffey, Dusty Wygle, Kurt Nicoll, Jarryd McNeil and Nate Adams from Nitro Circus for some electric motorcycle mayhem!
The winner of the race will receive VIP tickets to see Nitro Circus Live at Honda Center on January 26th!
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Wed. December 18, 2013
7pm – 10pm
1000 N Edward Ct.
Anaheim, CA 92806
Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
Sun, Jan 26, 2014 06:00 PM
BUY TICKETS HERE
Nitro Circus founder, ringleader and world-class athlete Travis Pastrana will bring Nitro Circus Live (www.nitrocircuslive.com) – the action sports spectacle that has become a worldwide hit – to Honda Center for the first time on January 26, 2014. Nitro Circus Live showcases over 40 of the world’s best action sports athletes performing daring and often record-breaking tricks in freestyle motocross, BMX and skateboarding, along with heart-stopping stunts on unique contraptions rarely attempted outside of the Nitro Circus family. Featuring the stars of Nitro Circus’ hit MTV2 show and Nitro Circus 3D film, the tour is headed up by Pastrana, a 10-time X Games gold medalist in Freestyle Motocross who has also become a fixture on the NASCAR, Supercross and rally racing circuits.
“This tour is the biggest and most audacious action sports production ever staged,” says Pastrana. “This is truly an exciting, adrenaline-charged, live action sports show featuring an insane group of athletes who push each other to new extremes every single show.”
Originally a small DVD series filmed in Pastrana’s Maryland backyard, Nitro Circus grew into a successful MTV show with over 46 million U.S. viewers and broadcast in 60 countries worldwide. The next step was Nitro Circus Live, which has captured the imagination of fans worldwide with a string of sell-out shows and record-breaking crowds across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. “I’m so pumped we can finally bring this home for fans to enjoy,” says Pastrana.
Nitro Circus Live’s fully choreographed action sports spectacular combines big stunts and outrageous feats on an array of contraptions launched off Nitro Circus Live’s multi-million dollar set and famous 50-ft. Nitro Gigant-A-Ramp. “Fans can expect to see everything from kids’ trikes, snow skis, tandem bikes and razor scooters to shopping carts, a Barbie car and even a cooler launched with skill off the Gigant-A-Ramp,” says Pastrana. “The live show also features spectacular choreographed freestyle motocross riding, including the outrageous ‘Nitro Bomb’ with 20 riders back-flipping in the air at the same time.”
A few months ago we got our first look at the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E teams will be racing next year, and just recently, that car hit a test track in France for the first time to see how it held up. Spark Racing president Frédéric Vasseur reported things went well, with the car turning about 40 laps over two days of testing at La Ferté Gaucher without taking a sip of fuel. The video after the break captures a few clips from the laps — running on a smaller 50kW battery, just 25 percent of the 270hp-equivalent power race-ready cars will have — and while we’ll need to adjust to the lack of noise, perhaps its impressive torque and handling can make up for it. More tests are planned before the first race in Beijing next September as the team pushes its mileage up bit by bit before running a full race simulation.
If you plan on heading over to the LA Auto Show don’t forget to stop by KENTIA HALL and visit the K1 Speed booth! Say hi to the K1 girls and get special show discount pricing on gift cards. Give the Gift of Speed this Holiday Season!
LA Auto Show
Los Angeles Convention Center
NOVEMBER 22 – DECEMBER 1, 2013
So fast that it’s scary! The guys and ghouls of Life In Sixth Gear are celebrating Halloween with a Costume Cruise on October 26th. Sport your spooky get-up and join the SoCal car enthusiast community in a devilish ride.
When? Saturday, October 26th @ 6am
Where? Meeting at Irvine Spectrum – Target Parking Lot
What’s the deal? We will meeting at the Irvine Spectrum (Target parking lot) and rolling into cars & coffee dressed in your favorite costume. We will then be doing a local cruise for roughly 1 hour around Orange County and ending at the Auld Dubliner Restaurant in Tustin for lunch. Then head over to K1 Speed Irvine just down the street for some costume crazy karting fun!
17221 Von Karman Ave.
Irvine, CA 92614
Radio Disney Chicago is hitting the track for a party lap on Oct. 26th!
Crank up the volume and challenge your friends for prizes.
Oct. 26, 2013
K1 Speed Addison
2381 W Army Trail Road,
Addison, IL 60101
Phone: (630) 433-3700
On the heels of the IndyCar World Championships this weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Team Penske Racing and K1 Speed have teamed up to give fans one last chance to see the Verizon Team Penske No.12 IndyCar Show Car up close and personal for the last time in 2013.
The Penske Racing No.12 Chevy powered Dallara DW12 will be on display at K1 Speed Buffalo Grove from Noon- 4PM on Sunday October 20th.
301 Hastings Dr
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 941-9400