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TheStradman explains why he’s buying a Tesla Model Y

Published: 12/Feb/2020 13:07

by Jacob Hale

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Popular car YouTuber TheStradman has explained why he’s decided “join the smuggery” and add a Tesla Model Y to his ever-growing collection of vehicles.

The Tesla Model Y releases in March 2020 and is based on the Model 3 sedan platform, albeit a little chunkier than its predecessor.

It’s somewhat of a middle-ground between the Model 3 and the Model X, cars that TheStradman has been vehemently against throughout his time on YouTube. But, he may now be changing his mind on Elon Musk’s brainchild, after placing a preorder for one despite his previous rants against Tesla and their “smug” owners.

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The Tesla Model Y was first announced in March 2019.

Stradman, grinning as he explains what’s going on, says “Boys, I’m doing it. I have made fun of Tesla owners and their smuggery and their silly license plates for so long, and now I’m joining the smuggery.”

Opting for the Performance edition, the purchase price comes in at $60,990 before selecting customization options, which is definitely on the more affordable end of the scale as far as Tesla products go. However, after adding auto-pilot and black and white interiors to the vehicle, it costs a total of $68,990.

Explaining why he’s opting for the Model Y – and not the Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe like he wanted – Stradman says that his dog, Oskar, drools so much, that getting a Rolls Royce as his “daily driver” might not be the best choice. As such, the brand new Tesla model is a perfect fit for his pup.

While buying a new Tesla may seem a little excessive in this scenario, it does make sense: after all, if you’re going to spend money on a car such as the Rolls Royce Phantom, you really don’t want the interior ending up covered in drool.

The Rolls Royce usually costs upward of $250,000, which makes the $70,000 cost of the Tesla Model Y look absolutely meager in comparison, especially when it will mainly be used to get Oskar from A to B.

He also explains that while he’s getting the Model Y for now, it will be a good introduction to electric cars before his Tesla Cybertruck arrives in 2022 – and possibly a Tesla Roadster in the meantime.

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Cadillac backs TSM in car company’s very first esports partnership

Published: 11/Jan/2021 18:55

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular esports and entertainment organization Team SoloMid — more commonly known as TSM — has announced a partnership with luxury auto brand Cadillac in the car company’s first-ever esports venture.

On January 11, TSM announced its exclusive partnership with Cadillac, marking the very first time the esteemed automotive company has entered such a business venture with competitive gaming groups.

The initiative kicked has off with a special TSM jersey featuring the Cadillac logo — a swanky fit that the organization flexed in a tweet revealing their latest money move.

That’s not all; according to TSM’s press release, their newfound partnership will also include some very special features for their fans, such as “access to exclusive streaming events, custom video and social media content, and experiential events and activations at the brand new, state-of-the-art TSM Performance Center.”

It looks like there’s a lot to be excited for, and even Cadillac is jazzed to be part of the proceedings, according to GM’s Manager of Emerging Media and Partnerships, Bryan Steele.

“Cadillac is excited to enter the esports space as part of the TSM family,” Steele said of the development. “Whether on the road, or on the Rift, our organizations place an incredibly high value on innovation and craftsmanship. Given our shared values, and the pedigree of Cadillac and TSM, it was a natural fit to team up with one of the most decorated esports teams in the world.”

While TSM might be Cadillac’s first esports partnership, this isn’t the first time a luxury car brand has gotten involved with an esports group; in November 2020, Chinese car brand Haval partnered with Epic Esports Events for their EPIC League Dota 2 initiative.

Just a month prior to Haval’s own initiative, Mazda entered a deal with Hellraisers. Other auto brands similarly involved with esports include Honda with Riot Games’ LCS and Team Liquid, McLaren with DragonX, Audi with Astralis Group, and Kia with the LEC.

It seems that more and more car companies are looking to get in on the action that competitive gaming brings. Who knows — it would be really cool to see a special TSM-wrapped Cadillac someday.