The world's first Tron Tesla

In the early eighties, a cult film following developed around the movie Tron. The film's special effects used backlit animation combined with computer animation to create a signature "look" that was both sleek and striking. Although other science fiction films at that time like Blade Runner and Star Wars (a few years earlier) created their own unique worlds, Tron had a look unlike anything ever seen before on film. The cult movie even had its own follow-up sequel, Tron: Legacy, in 2010. Now, one Tesla owner in Italy has taken the Tron aesthetic and transformed his own Model S.

Source: Nicola Franceschi*

Although his comments (and contemporaries) are all Italian, Nicola Franceschi* describes himself in English in the following manner on Instagram: "I'm a book printer, a trader (only when I gain), and sometimes I just like to make shoes." Now he can add one more identifier — owner of the world's first Tron Tesla. Nicola contacted me (via direct message on Instagram) with an image of the work he was doing to transform his Tesla (see the first image below). And check out additional images of his Tron transformation in the photos that follow...

Source: Nicola Franceschi*

Nicola didn't get into details on how he created his Tron look except to say he added "reflective stripes" which we're assuming was accomplished with reflective tape. Electrek just reported on a Tron look (on an all-electric Zero SR Motorcycle) that might provide some ideas. Granted, we've seen a Tesla with an amazing electroluminescent paint job in the film Racing Extinction. We've even witnessed a Darth Vader and Stormtrooper-themed Star Wars look from another Model S owner. But Nicola's Tron Tesla is truly out of this world. Nevertheless, we have to give some credit to Tesla's Gigafactory (and battery) partner, Panasonic. Why? Check out this prior video footage...


Youtube: Paweł Borkowicz

It turns out that Panasonic had joined forces with The Projection Studio (led by visual artist Ross Ashton) to create a Tron-like 3D projection mapping onto a Tesla Model S at the Integrated Systems Europe expo last year in AmsterdamThat said, the projection-based Tron lighting "effect" Pansonic used was only one component of their comprehensive light show. Nicola can still claim his Tron Tesla as the world premiere — bravo Nicola! You've definitely created a Tesla aesthetic that would look pretty cool in the next Tron movie.


*Instagram: @nicfranceschi