He Wasn’t Kidding, Musk Shows Tesla Roadster Destined For Space

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is a bit eccentric and has been known to exaggerate in the past.

That’s why there was a lot of skepticism earlier this month when Musk tweeted the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket would be launched in January with his own Tesla Roadster acting as the payload. At the time, Musk said the car was heading for Mars orbit and would remain in “deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.”

A number of people assumed he was simply joking but that’s changing today as Musk has taken to Instagram to post photos of his Roadster being loaded into the rocket’s payload compartment. In the post, Musk said “Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks.” He added this is boring and “anything boring is terrible, especially companies.” The outspoken executive then reiterated his plans to send the Roadster into space.

While it’s certainly an usual move, his Roadster probably won’t be missed as Tesla is working on an all-new model that promises “record-setting acceleration, range and performance.” If everything goes according to plan, the car will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, hit a top speed in excess of 250 mph (402 km/h), and have a range of 620 miles (997 km).

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A Red Car for the Red Planet Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks. That seemed extremely boring. Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel. The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit.A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Dec 22, 2017 at 10:47am PST

  • khc

    Photos of a Tesla sports car in orbit above Mars – or Earth – would be quite a publicity stunt.

  • robotlogic

    He should have left the license plates on the car. “REST OF THIS POST RUINED BY GRAMMAR NAZI”…………..

    • Yawn

      Can you explain how the word “of” belongs in this post not just once, but twice?

      • robotlogic

        Can you explain why you’re such a gamer nazi? This is a automotive site for F**K sake, get a life!!!!

        • LWOAP

          Damn son. Triggered much?

        • Honda NSX-R

          It’s fuck’s sake, not fuck sake 😛

          • LWOAP

            LMAO.

        • yawn

          You’re the one proclaiming to be intelligent in your rather pathetic post history.

          Your mask slipped long ago, even before these kindergarten level errors.

          • robotlogic

            Funny, I thought we both agreed to continue wearing the masks? That’s what you told me last night.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      should’VE could’VE

      It’s not hard.

      • Day_Trader

        No, no, you guys. The correct way is “off”. Two Fs. 😝

  • BobV12

    All CEOs of all other car manufacturers and all CEOs of major space companies must watch the news and say “what the flying f*ck is he doing”. And this happens every three months.

  • Moveon Libtards

    All show and no go.

    Maybe Elon should spend more time figuring out how to actually make money at Tesla, produce the Model 3!, and stop ripping off the American taxpayer to the tune of $1 billion!!!

    Oh, wait, he will be stepping down in 2018 due to his CIA connections. No worries.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Incredible waste of taxpayer money.

    Tesla is worthless they arent selling any, so you got to do something with the inventory.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Why? Because you can?

    • Honda NSX-R

      Yes, because he can.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        He has way too much time on his hands.

  • LWOAP

    Why the fuck not? Its not like Elon hasn’t done crazy shit before.

    • Honda NSX-R

      He’s a fuckin mad scientist

      • Smith

        The scientist bit is extreme, as he is no scientist, but the rest of the statement is very accurate.

  • S3XY

    It’s actually for Elon’s future garage on Mars… the Mars Roadster.

  • ejd1984

    Has SpaceX vibe tested the roadsters? I can see it fallimg to pieces during launch.

    Also, they can do an expensive stint like this, but will not accommodate future payloads with a larger fairing.

  • dean

    it would be totally worth it if musk is strapped into the car

  • Status

    Might want to let the air out of the tires before you launch, Musk.

  • botornot387

    can’t even get production on line for waiting customers, but lets just shoot a maybe 2020ish roadster into space LMAO

    • LOOK AT THE PIC. NOT THE UPCOMING ROADSTER BUT THE ONE THAT GOT THE COMPANY OFF TO A START.

  • smartacus

    Now Vanilla Musk and toastla penetrated space news.
    The Final Fronter.

    Speaking of space news; anyone know Bruce McCandless passed away?
    The astronaut in the famous photo of the first untethered space-walk.

    It’s not reported in most places; i found it by chance on some foreign news site.
    But all the news sites certainly drop Vanilla Musk and toasta reports daily.

    • LWOAP

      That’s sad. But I guess he got overlooked because this silicon valley nutjob rather make a publicity stunt with a car that’s not even in production anymore.

  • gary4205

    Wish this con-man was in prison.

    • Bob White

      Would you be happier when a Chinese company buys bankrupt Tesla for peanuts like Fisker Karma?

      If he fails, Chinese companies will dominate the world electric auto industry.

  • Smith

    WOW another senseless publicity stunt from Elon Musk and you idiots just eat it up, write about it and give him the spotlight again, like it really matters to the world, the environment or to anyone. How pathetic can you be.

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