On Wednesday evening in the lobby of the IAC/InterActiveCorp building in Manhattan's downtown Chelsea neighborhood, electric car start-up Tesla Motors threw a late-night party to bring together owners and prospective buyers, as well as to celebrate founder Elon Musk's appearance on "Late Show With David Letterman" that day.
A rear view of the Tesla Model S prototype at the company's event at the IAC headquarters. Interested customers could gawk at it, but they couldn't climb in to pose for photo ops or to check out the upholstery.
Tesla plans to open a showroom in Chelsea, the same neighborhood where the IAC building is located, sometime in the near future, representatives said at the event.
Tesla Motors also brought along a functional Roadster, its electric sports car. Here, a company representative let some party guests take a peek under the hood. But later in the evening, attention shifted to the giant video screens lining the walls of the IAC lobby, where Musk's appearance on the Letterman show (taped earlier) was broadcast as it aired.
Musk himself was in attendance at IAC to watch, too.
No, Tesla doesn't make the Smart car--the adorable subcompact is manufactured by Daimler. But Tesla is responsible for building the battery pack in the electric Smart that's set to debut within two years, so the company had a Smart parked at the New York party on Wednesday night.