Posted on March 24, 2016 by Matt Pressman
We recently reported on a number of celebrity Tesla owners. But, this is something truly different. Music producer and member of the grammy award winning group, Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am turns out to be a huge fan of Tesla Motors. He's an early owner of the Tesla Roadster and Tesla Model S and has been an outspoken proponent of the company. Most recently, will.i.am actually transformed his Model S into a one-of-a-kind custom car that looks unlike any other Model S on the road today.
Above: will.i.am and his Tesla Model S pre-transformation (Source: Sun Motors UK)
As reported in Car Wikipedia, will.i.am notes that: "I bring about a noticeable [carbon footprint] improvement by striving for a twist in my Tesla... the entire thing is fueled by lithium batteries." And Sun Motors UK quote will.i.am further on his passion for Tesla: "Tesla is a peek at the future... The [internal] combustible engine is the TV, newspapers, magazines, phones in your house. The electric Tesla is the iPad, iPhone. They've built an iPad on wheels."
Above: will.i.am points to his Tesla Roadster (Source: Car Wikipedia)
Now, as reported in Electrek, "will.i.am owns a car tuning/body kit company called I.Am.Auto, which he launched back in 2012... A Youtuber [Lance Stewart] came across their [I.Am.Auto's] creation based on the Model S and published a video... He doesn’t actually recognize that it’s a Tesla Model S, but who can blame him really?"
Above: will.i.am's "remixed" Tesla; Source (original youtube clip): Lance Stewart
Sure enough, will.i.am admitted in a prior interview with Sun Motors UK that his Tesla, "is in transformation now. A remix. I'm like, 'OK, let's take this car apart, reimagine the interior, the exterior, keep the drivetrain'. Let's now sample the Tesla because there's a lot of them on the road." He explains, "I make dream cars... I could build a car for that. Then I have something nobody has. That's the new luxury."
To further showcase will.i.am's love for Tesla, we've got two more youtube clips below. In the first, will.i.am shows off his Tesla Roadster to Interscope Records founder Jimmy Iovine in the parking lot of Barney's. In the second video, will.i.am takes British actress Joanna Lumley for a ride in his (pre-transformed) Tesla Model S. Check it all out below...