The world got its first look at the second-generation Tesla Roadster some 18 months ago and here we are approaching the middle of 2019 and the production model is still nowhere in sight.
Fortunately, the car manufacturer has been happy to show off its handful of Roadster prototypes at various press events and yesterday, had a bright red Roadster on display during Tesla’s ‘Autonomy Day.’ One fan was able to get up close with the car and was kind enough to film some of the vehicle’s interesting details.
One of the most intriguing things about the new Roadster is the unlock mechanism. There is a small area on the B-pillar which a driver simply swipes their finger along to gain access to the supercar. It remains to be seen if road-going examples will feature a similar system, or perhaps use fingerprint sensors here, but it’s fairly apparent that Tesla won’t sell the new Roadster with a traditional key.
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There are also a couple of other interesting aspects of the Roadster which you may not have previously noticed. A look at the dashboard reveals a horizontal slat running from one side to the other and in this slat, there is a small digital speedometer in front of the driver and one in front of the passenger. Some may also be shocked to learn that the new Tesla Roadster features seats in the back, making it a 2+2. There doesn’t appear to be much headroom or legroom, however, so only those short in nature will be able to fit back there.
Back in January, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk stated that a version of the new Roadster will use a cold gas thruster system which will allow the vehicle to hover.