The latest-generation Tesla Roadster is coming and it is promising to be something very special indeed.
While there are a number of ICE hypercars gunning for record-breaking performance numbers, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk says the new Roadster will top all of them.
During an interview with Recode, the outspoken executive said that it is important for an electric sports car to top all petrol-powered alternatives.
“We’ve got the next-generation Roadster. Which will be the fastest sports car on every dimension,” he said.
“Fastest acceleration, fastest top speed, best handling. It’s important to have an electric sports car that’s faster than the fastest gasoline sports car.
“And it helps address that halo effect that gasoline sports cars have. So I think it’s important to do that to show that, you know, electric is the best architecture.”
Tesla isn’t the only automaker that believes electrification is the future of high-performance automobiles. Croatian company Rimac is developing its second-generation electric hypercar and directly targeting the performance specifications of the new Tesla. Additionally, automakers like McLaren have admitted that electric powertrains will soon serve an important role in the world of high-performance cars.
Upon unveiling the new Roadster, Elon Musk revealed that it will have a 200 kWh battery pack and claimed that the car will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 1.9 seconds, complete the quarter mile in 8.9 seconds, and reach a top speed exceeding 250 mph (402 km/h). According to Tesla test driver Emile Bouret, these numbers are actually conservative and the finished car will be even quicker.