Following the Tesla Roadster’s electrifying revelation on Thursday, Musk’s highly ambitious goals have skyrocketed when he tweeted about his future plans for the new sports car. Well, kind of.
The now controversial tweet, which was published on the 20th of November hints at the possibilities of enabling the 2nd generation Roadster to “fly short hops”. Does that mean the new Tesla Roadster could actually fly? We don’t know the answer. But according to Tesla’s CEO, the new Roadster’s special option package could take it “to the next level” while explaining how rocket technologies could open up ground-breaking possibilities if applied to a car. While he admitted flying is “certainly possible”, Musk at least is well aware of its threat to safety.
Let’s just say Elon Musk is simply having one of those “it’s not rocket science” episodes where he tends to dream big and doesn’t hold back when he wants the whole world to know all about it. And it doesn’t need a rocket scientist to figure this out either. The “flight” option could only mean that the new Roadster could take off faster than 1.9 seconds or maybe go beyond what the entry level Roadster now has to offer.
The new Tesla sports car, as we all already know, can take off from zero to 60 miles (96 kilometers) per hour in 1.9 seconds; hence it is clearly the fastest accelerating production car as of late. The Roadster is currently equipped with three electric motors and a 200kWh battery pack that also enables it to run at 100mph (160 km/h) in 4.2 seconds before reaching a top speed of 250 mph (402 km/h).
Musk has made it clear that these performance figures are for the base model only and that a special upgrade option is being considered to bring a whole new level of performance. While Musk is also the CEO for SpaceX, the “rocket technology” he is suggesting here is obviously not the same as those that would launch a rocket ship off the ground. Even for a car with a capacity of “hopping” over obstacles or even for something that flies at “short distance”, we don’t think he means it could fly literally.
All said, we couldn’t be more excited to hear more details of Tesla’s new generation roadster, especially what that new special package option really brings to the table---considering the base model Roadster already boasts an insanely fast acceleration.
The entry-level Tesla Roadster with 620 miles of range comes with a starting price of $200,000 and is due to be out by 2020. Meanwhile, overzealous customers can also opt for the first production run or the Founder’s Series for $250,000.