Jan 10th 2018 by CannonballDan • 19 Questions • 52 Points
My short bio: My brother waited in line for me at the Tesla store in West Palm Beach on March 31, 2016 to make a Model 3 reservation and put a $1,000 deposit down on the car. Tesla provided current Tesla owners with priority over non-owners and provided reservation holders in California with priority over the rest of the country. Since I am a Tesla Model S owner, I had priority over non-owners, but living in Florida put me at a disadvantage against almost everyone else in the country. To get around this issue, I planned on taking delivery of my Model 3 at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California. It was a risk, but apparently my strategy worked because I was one of the first to receive a configuration invite from Tesla.
Since I was picking my car up in Fremont, and I knew that the Model 3 was much more efficient than the Model S that held the Cannonball EV record at that time, I was kicking around the idea of trying to beat the record with some friends. At that time, I had never heard of Alex Roy or that he held multiple Cannonball Records for both gas and electric cars.
I met Alex when he PM’d me on the Model 3 Owner’s Club site. He had found out that I was taking delivery of one of the first non-employee Model 3’s and was interested in flying down to Florida to shoot some pictures of my car. I emailed Alex telling him that he was welcome to fly down and take pictures of the car. Once I found out that he had recently lost the Cannonball Run EV record, I also asked if he was interested in regaining his title with me. He responded, “Set a new EV Cannonball record with you in the [T]M3? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.”
I flew up to San Francisco on December 27, 2017 and did not take delivery of my Model 3 until late that night. I woke up at 4:00 AM the next morning and headed down to meet Alex at LAX. On December 28, 2017, we set out to beat the official Cannonball Run EV record of 51:47 and an official record of 51:17. We drove from the Portofino Hotel in L.A. to the Red Ball Garage in NYC in 50:16, setting the new record.
You can ask me anything about the Model 3, Alex Roy, our trip, or why I’m selling my Model 3.
Article regarding my invitation to configure: https://insideevs.com/non-employees-invite-order-tesla-model-3/
Article regarding my delivery: https://insideevs.com/insideevs-contributor-tesla-model-3-delivery-experience/
Alex Roy’s review of my car: http://www.thedrive.com/new-cars/17280/tesla-model-3-the-first-serious-review
Reason why I'm selling my Model 3: http://www.thedrive.com/opinion/17399/why-im-selling-the-tesla-model-3-cannonball-run-ev-record-holder
eBay Listing for my Model 3: http://r.ebay.com/9PAPOF
My Proof: https://imgur.com/HGCuc7k
Were there any supercharger stops that could have been shorter to cut the time at all? Did you learn Alex's secret to avoiding tickets?
Yes, but there was minimal data on the car when we started, so we were pretty much learning on the fly and making it up as we went along. Alex' Valentine was SUPER annoying, but it did save us a couple times and Waze of course helps too.
What was the best meal you had during the trip and where was it?
Lol, I think Alex would probably agree, the buttered popcorn Jelly bellies. The only real meal we had was Chipotle because I looked ahead to the next charger and did an online order that I ran in and picked up. Other than that, the only options were McDonalds or gas station food. There were occasional actual restaurants, but we always managed to hit them when they were closed or when we weren't hungry.