The EV manufacturer's past prototypes and notable production cars will be on display, as will a glimpse at future developments.
Elon Musk's electric automaker has captured the imagination of the public, and that's why the Petersen Automotive Museum will display the most comprehensive collection of Tesla vehicles ever curated as part of a new exhibit named "Inside Tesla: Supercharging the Electric Revolution." This includes various prototypes, but another of Elon Musk's businesses, The Boring Company, will have its Not-a-Flamethrower on display too.
"Tesla has revolutionized the automotive, EV, technology, and manufacturing spaces within a relatively short time span, begetting the question, 'How did they do that?'" said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. "This exhibit strives to be a holistic walk-through of how the brand became a global phenomenon and further details what lies ahead."
Among the items on display will be the AC Propulsion tZero, a car that Musk test-drove back in 2003. He was so impressed by the experience that he tried to convince the tZero's creators to commercialize it, but they were not interested. He then asked if he could take up the challenge, and that led us to the first Tesla Roadster. An aerodynamic buck for that vehicle from 2005 will be displayed, as will a Roadster Founders Series and a 2017 Tesla Roadster deck model, which is meant to foreshadow an electric sports car capable of accelerating to 60 mph in just 1.1 seconds.
A prototype of the 2012 Model X is also coming to the exhibit, as is the 2013 Tesla Model S P85. Then, the exhibit jumps to 2018's Not-a-Flamethrower before moving on to 2019 with a Tesla Cyberquad prototype, with the 2021 production version (which has been recalled for the silliest of reasons) also presented. The Tesla Cybertruck prototype from the same year is there too, but its glass has been replaced. The 1 millionth Tesla Model Y, a Performance model, will be there too, as will the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid. But not just any Model S Plaid - this stripped-out example was used to set a blistering Nurburgring time, although Porsche later beat it.
Basically, this is heaven for the Tesla fan who wants to see just how much the automaker has evolved over the course of a decade and a half, with a look at what lies ahead too. The exhibit opens on November 20 in the Mullin Family Grand Salon and Phillip Sarofim Porte Cochere on the museum's first floor.