Tesla Model S

 

I used to work as an optician at LensCrafters, and I noticed one of my patients was holding the keys to a Tesla. Immediately I wanted to express my enthusiasm about how amazing I think Elon Musk is for creating such a beautiful peace of art known as the Tesla Model S. Everything about the car amazes me, starting with the key of the Model S, which is actually a key sized Model S. Then there is the beautiful design of the car, the door handles, the 17 inch touch screen that pretty much controls every aspect of the car besides the actual driving of the car, the panoramic sunroof, and the performance. Yes the performance on the Model S is absolutely spectacular.The reason I emphasize the performance is because, as many know the Tesla is a fully electric car. So I drive a Nissan Leaf, which is also a fully electric car, and even though a Nissan obviously doesn’t compare to a 100 thousand dollar Tesla, it is generally the same idea, a fully electric car. 

So I sat with my patient and we talked about the Tesla, and he was like next time I come into Lenscrafters take your break and we will go check out the Tesla. Luckily he was my last patient and I was clocking out and told him lets go now. So we’re walking out of Lenscrafters into the parking lot and he was like here, and tosses me the keys. I see the beautiful black Tesla with the 21inch Turbine wheels charging at the charge station. I stand next to it and like magic the door handles pop out of the car. I sit inside the drivers seat and the car automatically starts. I look with amazement at the 17 inch screen. So then he goes lets take it out for a spin. At this point I was freaking out with excitement. Going back to the performance factor of the car. Now as I was saying I drive a fully electric car and was expecting the Tesla to be the same type of drive. And I’ve never been so wrong about something in my life. I’m a car enthusiasts so I’ve had the chance to drive some over the top performance cars including the BMW 135 twin turbo, the M3, the M5, I’ve driven a Camaro SS, a Mercedes C63, all amazingly powerful cars. Now a lot of these cars are either coupes or small sedans(with the exception of the M5), but I mention them because all of these cars are known for their power, for the exceptional handling, for their amazing drive. But the when I drove the Tesla it was far more amazing than any of those cars. It drove as quietly as a Prius going under 5mph(silent) but it took off like a rocket. The 85 kilowatt-hour battery pushes 416 horsepower and goes 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. The m5 barely beats it reaching 0-60 in 4.1 seconds, but its doing that with a v10 engine, not on battery.

So I open up the sunroof(by just sliding down the roof of the car projected on the screen with my finger) and back out and take the car for a spin. I take the car by the local dealerships where they have straight roads where they usually take customers out for a test drive. I bring the car to a complete stop and just floor the gas, and silently the car reached speeds of around 100mph on that small road without any effort. My god was the adrenaline pumping throughout my body. All this fun with zero emissions.

 

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My Story

Hi, my name is Zeeshan Khaliq, and this is my personal brand video. I’m one of those few boys who doesn’t enjoy sports. My father on the other hand is a huge sports fanatic. Growing up I remember seeing my father watch all games whether it was golf, basketball, football, tennis. Any opportunity he got he would go to any sporting events. All while I would just play with my little toy cars, or read car magazines, while my dad would be reading sports magazines. I felt it was hard to connect with my dad because he was so into sports until one day I found out he was into cars as much as he was into sports. That was something I could most definitiely be able to connect with my dad on. That’s when my love for cars really started. I remember being about 8 years old and my dad took me to my first auto show. Man did I fall in love with everything that I saw. All the different car makes, the different models, the different types of cars. It was like candy land for me. Cars are something I have been passionate about for as long as I can remember. Whether its sport cars, sedans, luxury cars, exotic cars, super cars, racecars, I just love the idea of them all. To me, cars aren’t just about getting from point A to point B. It’s about all the engineering, the designing, the internal combustions, that get you from point A to point B. As a child every birthday, I would receive different types of scaled model cars, every Christmas, everytime I saved enough allowance for another one, I would get my self a new model car until I had a huge collection. Growing up, as all the other kids would be at the Toy stores finding some sort of action figure or lego set, I was collecting collector editions model cars. I would get lost in my imagination thinking about cars, pretending to drive them. Everytime I would go to tbe arcarde, I would ignore all the fighting, shooting games and go straight to the racing games. It got to the point where one day when I was about 14 years old, I just had to experience the real thing. I was home with my mom, but she was asleep and I figured that was my chance. I got her keys and took her car around the block. Man did I feel like such a badass. I drove perfectly! Just from observing my parents drive, I was able to drive perfectly, nIMG_3428ot only that, the car was stick and I was able to shift perfectly. It was all fun and games until my neighbor, who was walking her dog saw me and ratted me out. My mom was sooo mad, but my dad figured it was only a matter of time. The day I turned 15 and a half I went and got my permit, and instead of celebrating my 16th birthday I went and got my licence. Although my parents were generous enough to let me drive their Bimmer to school, I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to be driving my parents car around. So I went and found my self a job. Being only sixteen, I didn’t’ have to worry about rent or bills or anything like that so all the money I earned went straight to my savings. I saved up enough to get myself an Acura Integra GSR. That car was my pride and joy. I put so much time, so much effort into that car. Always buying new parts, whether it was new wheels, a new intake, new exhaust, putting the car on coil overs, buying a sound system. My neighbors hated me because of how loud I got it to be. Literally every 3 days I would clean my car to make sure it was always shining. Driving has never, and IMG_2280will never be a chore for me. Getting from point A to point B is always a happy trip for me. Getting behind the wheel is something I enjoy, it is where I go to clear my mind, where I go to have my deepest thoughts. That is why my personal brand is vehicles. I spend all day reading different blogs on different types of vehicles, watching videos on different car reviews. I hope one day, my brand can help get me in touch with any large auto blogs or magazines or even manufacturers, and I can continue onto blog for them .

G wagon

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The Mercedes G class, aka the G wagon. The epitome of wealth. One of my favorite suvs. Let’s talk about the G63 Amg model. Starting at about 135 thousand, the g63 is not for everyone. IT was designed at the request of the Shah of Iran and , have served as the official transportation device for the Pope. The G63 AMG has a  twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 producing 544 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Being around 5600 pounds, this vehicle can still reach 0-60 in an impressive 4.9 seconds. If you are concerned about being eco friendly, than this is definitely not the car for you. In fact I would say it is the opposite of the car for you.

If you aren’t impressed with the g63, this year Mercedes released a 6×6 version of the car. If 4 wheels weren’t enough for you, and you have about 615,000 dollars to drop on an suv, the handbuilt G63 6×6 AMG with six 18-inch beadlock wheels wrapped with gummy 37-inch tires is for you. This vehicle weighs 9000 pounds, yet is still rumored to hit 0-60 in about 8 seconds. With the rugged look of this car, it doesn’t lack any of the luxuries you would find in the normal g63 amg. 

zeeshanevo

Zeeshanevo. A lot of my peers have always known me by that name referring to my twitter username, my facebook url, my tumblr, my email, my gamer id’s, pretty much any sort of social media accounts, that was my name. What started that name? It started in 2001, when my parents were at the dealership in the market for a Mitsubishi Montero. While at the dealership, 9 year old Zeeshan saw a beautiful piece of art known as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII, or Lancer Evo for short. Since then I fell in love with the car. I remember being on the road and I would spot one, and I would freak out. I would literally yell out, “OMG look at that evo!” I was in love with the car. Then 2 years later something great happened. they released a slightly different looking Evo 8. But more importantly, they used it in one of my all time favorite movie series, 2 Fast 2 Furious. Never before was I as excited for a movie. But the series kept on going, using an even nicer and newer Evo in Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift. 

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I’m not too sure what attracted me about this car. It’s a sporty version of a very cheap Mitsubishi Lancer. It’s not very technically advanced. It’s an all wheel drive, 2.0 liter 4 cylinder vehicle producing 276 horsepower. But I didn’t care about any of that stuff back then (I couldn’t even drive back then) and I was head over heels for this car. The Evo 9 was pretty much the same. But then the Evo 10 came out and I fell in love all over again. The Evo 10 was completely redesigned, and it looked a lot more mean and aggressive. With Brembo brakes standard, Recaro seats, all wheel drive with amazing handling capabilities, this car was built to be raced.  

Daily Driver

Being the car fanatic I am, I wanted to choose a car that is sporty, that has power, and at the same time luxurious. So I went and got my self a 2006 Infiniti G35 coupe in caribbean blue. My baby has a DOHC 24-valve V-6, Nissan engine-control system with port fuel injection and I personally added an after market cold air intake, with the car producing 306 horsepower. It’s obviously not the fastest car I’ve driven but it is definitely a fun car to drive, reaching from 0-60 in about 5.4 seconds. The car has huge orange brembo brakes, a sports clutch which allows for really quick shifting between gears, bright blue xenon headlights, rear spoiler.

The car has a stock exhaust system, but even still the car roars when even at low rpms, and sounds beautiful. A couple of modifications I would like to do is all custom piping to make the car even louder. I’d like to lower it on some coils. Fit it with some Volk Racing Wheels, TE37s. As of right now I want them in a gold color, I feel like that would be a nice match with the blue car. Other than that, I think the car is perfect as is. I would do very subtle changes, maybe some aftermarket headlights, darker tints. Small things.

Camaro SS

Last year I was ready for a new car, and one of the cars I was checking out was the Chevorlet Camaro SS. Now generally, I’m not a fan of American cars(Except for the tesla of course), but as cliche as it sounds, the Transformers movie made me fall in love with the Camaro SS. That was until I got behind the wheel of one. Lets start with what I like about the car before I continue onto the longer list on what I don’t like about the car. I like the aggressive look of the car, with the 20 inch wheels, the halogen lights, and the fact that it has the classic American Muscle car look.

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The model I checked out was the ss, which has a 6.2 liter engine producing 426 horsepower. Now when I read those numbers I was really impressed. But when I got behind the wheel I wasn’t as impressed. Although a coupe, the car is huge. Literally, I felt like I was behind the wheel of a low full size pick up truck. But still, the cabin size of the car wasn’t that big. The car weighs about 3900 pounds! Now if you want to just drive in a completely straight line, you can have fun going 0-60 in about 5.2 seconds However, the car just feels so heavy and in my opinion I didn’t have fun driving it. It was extremely hard to maneuver the vehicle, shifting gears wasn’t as smooth, felt really hard on turns just overall a boring driving experience. I went for a test drive in the car and was completely over it as soon as I reached my first turn. To be completely honest, right after I left the dealership and I checked out the Hyndai Genesis coupe, and although a lot, lot weaker, I felt like I had a lot more freedom driving such a lighter car, if that makes sense.

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Ferrari 458

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 One of the best days of my life took place last year. What made it the best day is the 400 dollars I spent for 15 minutes. But those 15minutes were spent driving my favorite Ferrari, the 458 Italia. I was in Vegas for the week, and while walking around the City Center, I see a Ferrari f430. Being me, I went to check out the scene and snap a couple of pics. I look at the sign and it’s advertising an Exotic car driving experience. They had a list of different vehicles including the Lamborghini Gallardo, Lamborghini Aventador, Audi R8, Nissan GTR, Ferrari F430, Ferrari 458 Italia, Aston Martin Vantage, Corvette Stingray, Dodge Viper, Mercedes SLS AMG, etc. Some of the fastest super cars. Now personally, I wanted to drive an Aventador, but that was $100 more. So I settled for my next favorite car on the list, the Ferrari 458 Italia.

 

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The Ferrari 458 Italia is such an amazing car, one of  Ferrari’s newest cars. It has 570 hp engine. Five. Hundred. Seventy. It is powered by a high revving 4.5l V8 that is mated to Ferrari’s new dual clutch 7 speed paddle shift gearbox. The 458 can reach from 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 202 mph. Just reading all those numbers makes me feel nostalgic. 

Exotics Racing - Ferrari

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I get behind the wheel of the supercars on a track. The driving experience program integrates classroom education, familiarization laps and on-track one-on-one coaching from a racing instructor into one comprehensive, safe and exciting driving experience. The track was 1.2 miles and I did 5 laps. To be completely honest, I did not go as fast or push it as much as I do with all the cars I’ve driven out of pure joy. 0-60 in 3.3 seconds is something that I personally in the moment could not handle behind the wheel of a 250 thousand dollar car. But thats not because I didn’t want to, I didn’t need to. My adrenaline was pumping just by starting the car and hearing the engine behind me roar.  I didn’t push the car, but I did thoroughly enjoy the experience and it was totally worth the 400 dollars. If you are a car fanatic like myself, I would highly recommend the experience.