Musk Now Claims Tesla Roadster Will Hover Thanks To Rocket Thrusters

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has made the audacious claim that the next-generation Tesla Roadster will be capable of hovering. No, your eyes are not deceiving you.

In mid-2018, the entrepreneur claimed that when the Roadster goes on sale, it will be available with an optional ‘Space X package‘ that comes complete with rocket thrusters. Initially, Musk said these would aid in the vehicle’s acceleration, top speed, braking, and cornering and now he says they will also allow the all-electric hypercar to fly, or hover.

Responding to a tweet depicting the DeLorean from Back to the Future hovering, Musk said that the new Roadster could have a similar feature. Asked to clarify whether he was joking or not by popular YouTuber Marques Brownlee, he indicated that he is very serious about making a hovering hypercar.

“Will use SpaceX cold gas thruster system with ultra high pressure air in a composite over-wrapped pressure vessel in place of the 2 rear seats,” Musk added.

As crazy as this sounds, we have no doubt that Musk is very serious about making it happen. However, whether or not this is actually something that can be achieved and offered to the public is another question entirely. Such a system would also be exorbitantly expensive and probably not sold in very large numbers.

Excluding the rocket thrusters, the new Tesla Roadster is already promising to be something remarkable. Tesla claims that thanks to its powerful electric motors and 200 kWh battery pack, the Roadster will reportedly travel over 620 miles (1000 km) on a single charge, be able to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in 1.9 seconds, and top out at over 250 mph (402 km/h).

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  • Six_Tymes

    lol! ole’ musky, at it again.

  • Mike anonymous

    I’m not ‘hating’, but I think Musk should be more clear and specific.

    I’m not even going to go into the actual logistics of (real rocket thrusters on the vehicle to allow it to hover) or anything else of the sort. Not to include vehicle safety regulations, etc. He would either be lying, or manipulating his words (carefully) to help generate hype. Also lastly, this vehicle (if using the rockets from SpaceX would no longer be a ‘PureEV’ and would actually be a hybrid if it used gas/gasoline to propel itself forward. Also the drivability of that, how it can handle a simple right hand turn without any grip (and the amount of actual compressed air or rocket thrusters it would need to simply make a proper right hand turn in this mode)…….. I could go on.

    I just feel like maybe he should think, before he makes a statement (no offense meant to be towards him).

  • Paul

    Oh Please!!!

  • Jason Miller

    Can’t wait.

  • Tim Manning

    I’ll believe it when I see it

  • Dude

    If he’s being smart, saying something like this will back up his claim that his twitter shouldn’t be taken seriously (his defense in the 420 tweet and pedo lawsuit) I don’t believe he’s being serious since in another tweet he’s actually saying that it will go a quarter mile in the air. Lol no.

    I was going to make a “If he’s being serious” take, but there’s no way. The Chaparral 2J and Brabham BT46B come to my mind, where a fan was used to massively increase downforce. I guess if you do the opposite you could reduce effective weight. But I feel like someone would’ve done that already if it was a good solution. In any case, I guess I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Jay

    Not all of them but maybe a special variation will be able to.

  • Blade t

    When this thing hits 88 you’re gonna see some serious shit. .

  • Carlos Gamarra

    this man is going nuts

    • nastinupe

      Good, I’m enjoying the ride. I want a flying car. I hope that he goes crazy and makes one for real. Along with a hover board.


    • assassingtr

      If you could afford one that is.

  • TheAmerican

    Everyone knows he was high when he said this

  • Marty

    It’s not rocket science to give a car cold gas thrusters. In the same way it’s not rocket science to make a car look like a hot dog. And I guess it’s done for the same reason.

    • TheHake

      Actually it IS rocket science…

      • Marty

        The obvious answer to the obvious pun 🙂

        One might say it’s rocket science to invent rockets, but merely rocket tech to put them on cars. Or just PR.

        • TheHake

          Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.

          • Marty

            You weren’t supposed to resist.

  • enthusia

    I see he’s been smoking crack with Grimes again…

    • In that case we should all be smoking what he is, and then the world would be better off.

  • john1168

    How long will it be able to hover and fly around for? With rockets, not very long… I say 5 minutes, tops! And how loud is it going to be?

  • exeptor

    It is so obvious when he is making a joke. I can imagine his face when brought back this answer. I mean it is really sweet to make so many people look like babies – naive and comically dumb.

  • Whether this is true or not I can’t decide. But I’m sure the Japanese regulation will not allow rockets to be equipped on EVs.

  • Bash

    Oh no. 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • steve

    I want some of what he is smoking!

  • Sjaak

    Of course ! It wil need such an option very bad. No one will buy this car because of its dull middle-of-the-road design !

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