Elon, Franz and Tesla Designers,
The original prototype of the Model S is beautiful, lean and muscular. The clean lines and sculptural form should dominate the Tesla brand. A few details have been changed in the Betas that need to be reconsidered:
1. A chrome strip running under the doors is superfluous, distracting attention from the sculptural quality above it.
2. The door handles are beautifully designed in their own right, but do they need to be chromed or exposed stainless steel on the outside? On your Gallery page, the 1st, 2nd, and 4th pictures of the black Alpha appear to have matching body color door handles. This allows the lines and sculptural form of the car to dominate. It's true that the chrome around the side windows, the chrome door handles, and the chrome strip under the doors are well balanced in relation to each other, but as a whole they detract from the exquisite form of the Model S. (Look at Lotus or Ferrari. They allow their sensual, sculptural designs to dominate. They have no need of embellishment or gloss. Neither should Tesla.)
3.The original, completely red tail light housing is very well shaped and in simple, clean harmony with the lines of the car, as illustrated in the 5th photograph of the silver Alpha in the Gallery. The latest tail light housings on the Betas are broken into too many sections. The negative space created between the edge of the red tail light and the red door flap that exposes the charge port when open, becomes a visually, shiny distracting shape of no importance. The brake lights and tail lights should be hidden under the harmonious completely red tail light housing, and become exposed or dominant when required.
4. The front grill as represented in the 7th photograph of the Thunder Gray Alpha in the Gallery, has open areas for the air flow to the radiator and condensers above the bumper strip that takes up about 1/3 of the total grill space. This looks superior to the Beta version that has too much black plastic filling the majority of the grill, with only a small section for air flow at the bottom. I assume the new version is to improve aerodynamics and air flow to the condensers, but visually it is less attractive.
Regardless of your final decisions, I am looking forward to my purchase and driving experience of the Model S.
Thanks for your excellent work, and keep it up.