With the all-new Tesla Roadster floating in space, some enthusiasts have wondered just how fast it could accelerate from 0 to 60mph (0-96km/h) on Mars’ surface.
Time for a scientific answer, which in this case comes from the Engineering Explained YouTube channel.
The guy holding the marker is Jason Fenske and he talks about the frictional coefficient of the tires that equip the zero-emission sports car, while also taking into consideration the gravity on the Red Planet compared to Earth’s own gravity.
Now, we won’t spoil the answer for you, but before moving on to the actual video that’s about 4 minutes long, let’s recap some of the new Roadster’s performance figures, as announced by Tesla Motors.
Zero to sixty (0-96km/h) takes just 1.9 seconds over on our planet, with the Roadster’s digital speedometer reaching 100mph (160km/h) after only 4.2 seconds.
View from SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently, there is a car in orbit around Earth. pic.twitter.com/QljN2VnL1O
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2018
The instant torque that comes with the electric powertrain allows the Tesla Roadster to be an absolute beast on the drag strip, with the manufacturer claiming that it can run down the quarter mile in just 8.9 seconds. Give it enough space and it will gradually reach a top speed in excess of 250mph (402km/h).
Tesla still has to put the new Roadster into production, but it estimates that the first units will be on the roads in 2020. Until then, they’re asking a $50,000 deposit for the electric sports with hypercar performance, which represents a quarter of the price in the case of the entry-level model.