An architect from Galashiels has scooped a brand new Tesla Model 3 – which hasn’t even been built yet – in a high-end raffle. It’s the dream car for Norman Forsyth, who had put down a deposit for the £50,000 Tesla Model 3 three years ago.However, he bought a £2.40 ticket from dream car giveaway company BOTB, and it came up trumps.Norman, 60, who is currently working in Dubai but is originally from Galashiels, will be at the front of the queue when the new model hits the streets, although it’s not expected until the end of next year.“I actually put a deposit down on the Model 3 back in 2015 so to win one is incredible,” he smiled.“I don’t care how long it takes to arrive, it will be worth the wait!”Norman may be in the land of the gas guzzler, where Lamborghini taxis are not uncommon, but he’s always had a soft spot for cars that are ‘different’.“I’ve been working on a project in The … [Read more...] about Galashiels man wins £50k Tesla car from a £2.40 ticket
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I have a 1998 Opel Astra 5dr 1.2-litre petrol, which I love and will hate to part with. I feel safe in it and it has a large boot for storing golf clubs etc. Recently a truck went into the back left-hand passenger door, which may force me to change now rather than later. I am told by my mechanic that I got one of the last good Opels. I am retired on state pension and my car opens life possibilities for me. Budget is €16k/€20k. I need a large boot and five seats. If I could get a demo model or a car one or two years old in good condition, it might suit, but would this be chancy? Annual mileage 6,000km. I am considering a Hyundai i20 or i30, Toyota Yaris, Peugeot 208 or Skoda Octavia. I'd appreciate your opinion. Gillian: A demo or one or two-year-old isn't chancy at all. If you can find one out there it would be great. Demo models come to the market at this time of year. A Hyundai i20 is a good option, but the current model has been around since 2015. The i30 would be a … [Read more...] about Thinking of buying a new or second-hand car? Here are the answers to readers’ queries
TESLA employees have turned on its burned-out co-founder Elon Musk by describing the firm as a "s**t show". His increasingly erratic behaviour, bizarre tweets and production problems are becoming a huge concern to his staff and investors, reports claim. Once-loyal workers have described a company in chaos and their billionaire boss as someone who promises what he cannot deliver. A source told the New York Post: "Elon talks about being a socialist and doing good for mankind, unless you work for them... It's a s**t show." Until recently, Tesla investors and employees had bought into Musk's ambitious vision but that core belief may be eroding. The same source added: "He is very difficult to move off his stance... He'll say, 'the car can do X, Y or Z', And yes, that is possible... two decades from now. "He bases his argument on the physically possible rather than the practical reality." Another compared staff meetings with Musk to the infamous Donald Trump cabinet assembly when … [Read more...] about Elon Musk slammed by angry Tesla employees who say company is in turmoil following his bizarre and erratic behaviour in recent weeks
HE’S the Silicon Valley billionaire whose vision was to transform the world – pumping his PayPal fortune into electric cars and a bid to take passengers to space. But after a series of bizarre tweets, jaw-dropping personal admissions and endless production problems, investors and fans now fear the wheels could be falling off Elon Musk’s Tesla car empire. A staggering £3.6billion was wiped off the firm’s value yesterday following his latest outburst, in which he admitted taking powerful sedatives to cope with the “most painful year” of his career. In a candid and often tearful interview, the man credited with being the inspiration for Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man revealed he had started taking Ambien — aka the “Devil’s Aspirin” — to sleep. He opened up about his sedative use as he hit back at claims he had been smoking WEED when he sent a tweet that sent stock markets berserk. Musk’s explosive tweet, sent … [Read more...] about Are the wheels falling off Tesla tycoon Elon Musk’s wacky world after dodgy tweets and shares meltdown?
ELON Musk has stunned space enthusiasts worldwide by announcing plans to send a test space vehicle to Mars in the first half of 2019. He made the surprise timeline claims while addressing an audience at the South by South West (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, yesterday. How long does it take to travel to Mars? There's an immense distance between Earth and Mars, which means any trip to the red planet will take a very long time. It's made more complicated by the fact the distance is constantly changing as the two planets rotate around the sun. The closest the Earth and Mars would ever be is a distance of 33.9million miles – that's 9,800 times the distance between London and New York. That's really rare though: the more useful distance is the average, which is 140million miles. Scientists on Earth have already launched a whole bunch of spacecraft to (or near) Mars, so we have a rough idea of how long it takes with current technology. Historically, the trip has taken anywhere from … [Read more...] about How long does it take to get to Mars, how many light years away is it and what was Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch?