All new Tesla Roadster will set new frontiers in automotive engineering, claims CEO, Elon Musk
The supercars Roadster will have a ‘SpaceX option package’ that includes 10 small rocket thrusters to ‘dramatically’ improve acceleration, top speed, and braking
Powered by a 200 kilowatt hour battery pack, it can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour [0 to 100 km/h] in 1.9 seconds
Speed tops out at over 250mph – making it the fastest electric car ever
The rockets will be ‘pure electric’, Tesla Musk has revealed charging times set to improve three- to four fold
Cars will travel up to 620 miles [1000 km] on a single charge
New Roadster will cost $200,000 and goes into production in 2020
Tesla says its all-new Roadster the barnstorming super sports car will be the fastest production vehicle in history. The designed to seat four, the weigh in at a cost $200,000 at launch
Tesla Roadster customers will have the option to add rockets to their car to ‘dramatically’ improve acceleration, according to founder Elon Musk.
The four-seater sports car will boast 10 small rocket thrusters around the body to help with cornering, breaking and improve top speeds, the 46-year-old billionaire tweeted.
The new barnstormer, set to be the fastest production car ever built, comes with some new optional extra will be called the ‘Space X option package’, Musk added.
Tesla has stayed tight-lipped on the specifics of the rockets, including whether the SpaceX variant of the Roadster will be road legal.
However, Elon Musk did confirm the rockets on the forthcoming Roadster will be ‘pure electric’, ruling out the use of any petrol-based booster technology in the all-electric sports car.
Elon Musk revealed plans to add rockets to the Tesla Roadster to ‘dramatically’ improve acceleration, top speed, braking and cornering on the new vehicle
Tesla says its all-new Roadster – an update to its first ever car – will be the fastest production vehicle in history. The four-seater sports car will cost $200,000 (£151,000) at launch
One Twitter user speculated that Tesla would use compressed air in the rocket boosters in order to keep its all-electric promise, and achieve the acceleration improvements touted by Musk.
The Tesla CEO confirmed the theory, tweeting in reply: ‘Using the config you describe, plus an electric pump to replenish air in COPV, when car power draw drops below max pack power output, makes sense. But we are going to go a lot further.’
COPV, or composite overwrapped pressure vessel, is a tank designed to hold a fluid under pressure.
The announcement of the rocket-boosted SpaceX option comes less than a week after Elon Musk confirmed a swathe of new features coming to Tesla vehicles during its annual shareholders meeting.
Musk confirmed plans to reduce charge times at Tesla Supercharger stations, promising three- or four-fold improvement for new vehicles, like the Roadster.
Tesla says its all-new Roadster, which starts shipping in 2020, will be the fastest production car ever built.
The $200,000 (£151,000) sports car is an updated version of the 2005 Roadster – the first car ever built by the electric car company.
Breaking new frontiers: The all-new Roadster will be able to travel 620 miles [1000 km] on a single charge
The endless list on innovation and design cues includes a futuristic steering wheel [photo], for the 2020 Tesla Roadster
The first 1,000 of the new Roadsters will cost $250,000 each, paid in full up front, with later models starting at $200,000 and they will be available in 2020, Tesla claims.
During a recent shareholders meeting, Elon Musk revealed plans to reduce charge times at Tesla Supercharger stations, promising three- or four-fold improvement for newer vehicles, like the upcoming Roadster.
Powering the car is a 200 kilowatt hour battery pack. Musk claims drivers will be able to drive from LA to San Francisco, and back, at highway speed without recharging.
The all-new Roadster can travel 620 miles on a single charge – a new record for an all-electric vehicle.
Tesla plans to reduce charge times at Tesla Supercharger stations,with a three- or four-fold improvement for newer vehicles, including the upcoming Roadster
The 2020 Tesla Roadster Tesla says, will be the fastest production car ever built
Powering the Tesla Roadster will be a 200 kilowatt hour battery pack. The car itself can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour [0 to 100 km/h] in 1.9 seconds and boasts a top speed over 250mph (400 kph).
This would make it the quickest electric car ever sold to the public, beating the Chinese-made NIO EP9 all-electric hypercar, which has a top speed of 194 mph [310 kph].
It also makes the vehicle the fastest production car ever, with a 0 to 60 miles per hour acceleration quicker than any non-electric vehicles, including the record-breaking Bugatti Chiron, released this year.
It’s unclear whether the Roadster’s top speed was achieved using the so-called Space X option, or whether the rocket-assisted version of the vehicle will be even faster.
‘You’ll be able to travel from LA to San Francisco, and back, at highway speed without recharging,’ Elon Musk said during the launch event last November.
‘These numbers sound nutty, but they’re real. The point of doing this is to just give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars.
‘Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche.’
The first 1,000 cars will cost $250,000 each, paid in full up front, with later models starting at $200,000.
It will be available to the public in 2020.
Where does the Tesla roadster rank among the world’s top production electric cars?
The electric supercar market has ramped up in recent years, with several companies – many of them small startups – vying to build the quickest.
Electric cars have rapid acceleration largely because combustion engines cannot produce immediate torque, while electric engines can.
This means that many of the world’s fastest production electric cars, which are road legal, accelerate faster than most Formula One vehicles.
Here are the top five fastest production electric cars.
1. Rimac Concept Two: 0-60mph (0-100kph) in 1.85 seconds
2. Tesla’s next generation Roadster: 0-60 in 1.9 seconds
3. Aspark Owl: 0-60 in 1.921 seconds
4. Faraday Future FF 91: 0-60 in 2.39 seconds
5. Tesla Model S P100D: 0-60 in 2.4 seconds
Rimac Concept Two beats Tesla new Roadster off the starting block with 0 to 60 in 1.85 secs
Tesla’s next generation Roadster weighs in second at 0-60mph (0-100kph) in 1.9 secs
mean looking Aspark Owl GTSpirit will storm from 0 to 60 in 1.921 secs
Faraday Future FF 92 which also claims to be the ‘most advanced EV ever built’ will scream from 0-60 in 2.39 secs
The electric supercar market has ramped up in recent years, with several companies – many of them small startups – vying to build the quickest. Pictured is Tesla’s next generation Roadster, due for release in 2020