In April 2019, Musk promised a 2020 Tesla Roadster that would feature a 200 kWh battery, a range of 620 miles (998 km), and a top speed of 249 mph (402 km / h). The prototype car at the time was able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h (0 to 100 km / h) in 1.9 seconds, making it the fastest production (prototype) car of all. the times, ahead of vehicles like the Bugatti Veyron or the Koenigsegg Agera RS.
Then in October 2019, Tesla chief designer Franz von Holzhausen made an announcement stating that the new Tesla Roadster would be better than the current prototype “in every way”. Now news has surfaced that Elon Musk claims the vehicle will be able to go 0-96 km / h (0-60 mph) in 1.1 seconds with “the thruster options package.” SpaceX rocket ”.
Yes, with the SpaceX rocket thruster options package. It will be safe, but very intense. Probably not wise for those with a medical condition – like a hardcore roller coaster.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2021
The Roadster prototype is currently on display at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. The plate on the front makes its stunning specs clear. He notes that with the SpaceX package: “Demonstrating the versatility of electric power and adding further distinction to the car’s already high performance, an announced SpaceX package would equip the Roadster with rear-mounted cold air rocket thrusters. , allowing a 0- to -60 mph (96 km / h) acceleration time of 1.1 seconds – largely unprecedented among modern road cars. “
Still, that’s not the most impressive statement Musk has made about the Roadster. He also claimed that he wanted the car to hover. Yes! soar as in the air! In one interview with Joe Rogan in February 2021, Musk said:
“I want it high, and I was trying to figure out how to get this thing high without, you know, killing people.” Maybe he can hover like a meter above the ground or something. If you dive it will cause the suspension to jump, but you won’t die. Maybe, I don’t know, six feet. If we put a height limit on it, that will probably be fine. “
In the meantime, the Roadster is perhaps most famous for being sent into space by SpaceX with a human mannequin passenger on board while playing David Bowie tunes from the car’s audio system. Although the Roadster has been to space, we still have no specific news on exactly when it will be available for purchase on earth. New targets point to 2022 but this could be delayed as has been the case so far.