Check Out Tesla Roadster’s Cool Butterfly Steering Wheel In Action

When Tesla first showed the world the second-generation Roadster prototype in 2017 many people didn’t believe the butterfly steering wheel would make it to production.

After all, this type of steering wheel is not street legal in most markets as it’s more common on track-exclusive supercars and racers than on production models. However, a Tesla engineer said at the launch that the company aimed to release the butterfly steering wheel in the production car.

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As it turns out, Tesla was pretty serious about that because it did not replace the racing-style steering wheel on its latest Roadster prototypes. Tesla would have probably fitted a conventional steering wheel by now if it wasn’t serious about the butterfly wheel. Participants at Tesla’s Annual Shareholder Meeting yesterday were able to see a Tesla Roadster prototype rocking the same steering wheel as in 2017.

In the footage posted by Electrek, a Tesla employee is seen maneuvering a red Roadster around in a parking lot, allowing us to see the special steering wheel in action. There’s very little grip space on it and even the Tesla guy is heard on camera saying that it takes “some getting used to.”

While it certainly looks cool and futuristic, chances are it won’t be to everyone’s liking. We can definitely see some safety concerns being raised as well. It remains to be seen whether or not the production version of the Tesla Roadster will feature a butterfly steering wheel and we could be waiting longer than expected to find out if that is the case.

The second-generation Tesla Roadster was originally expected to reach the market in 2020 but Elon Musk recently said the Model Y launch is more important than the Roadster’s, hinting at a delay for the electric hypercar. Furthermore, the executive didn’t even include the Roadster in Tesla’s product roadmap shown at the shareholders’ meeting yesterday.


Screenshots Elektric/Youtube

  • Nick Hebert

    Sounds more like he said “it’s a little too restrictive”. While it definitely looks cool, I think they should have gone with a more practical wheel design, while keeping the rest of the car futuristic.

  • GobbleUp

    Love the looks…much better than the stillborn new Ferrari’s.

    • Matt

      Are you sure? This looks like a $30k coupe. Not bad looking for sure, but nowhere near as exciting as the SF90.

  • Jason Panamera

    Cool steering wheel. It’s perfect for 0-100 under 2 secs and 400 km/h max speed. Just sain.

    • Bash

      And with autonomous, just sayin 😉

  • Liam Paul

    over glorified car brand

    • Alduin

      Overrated,overhyped and under delivered/underpromised. Teslas new slogan.

    • brn

      With other manufacturers doing their best to catch up.

      • PK

        actually they’re catching up and they’re catching up fast! tesla will be in alot pressure in upcoming years!

        • brn

          You are correct. When Tesla started, that’s exactly what Elon said he wanted to happen.

          • PK

            so tesla dug their own grave? lol

          • brn

            Elon didn’t care about the money. He cared about changing the industry. He’s doing that.

          • PK

            but still you want to remain consistent at they do. so far tesla is not showing me any of that.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    0-60 in 1.9 seconds.

    F*ck me, that’s quick.

  • filetx

    If you go for that design you should also limit the steering angle to 90 degree…

  • nellydesign

    Wow, it MUST take some getting used to, because he was turning it and it was having zero effect on the angle of the wheels. Nice.

  • AlertCiz

    Tesla, a company who has collected $5B Tax dollars, made hype promise after promise,
    been a start up for 15 years, but is years past being a start up. Burned through over $20B and never made a yearly profit. Led by an egotistical and narcissistic CEO lacking business fundamentals who bet the future of the entire company on manufacturing and selling $50,000 cars to Chinese consumers whose average income is 1/10 of ours…beta testing of dangerous auto pilot system on the unsuspecting public with five deaths from those who trusted the hype…three deaths from battery fires…now promising anything, millions of robo-taxi’s, anything to get the stock up so he can sell out and hype up his SpaceX for billions in government contracts.

    • lagunas3ca

      What is this, Wikipedia?


      • AlertCiz

        Yes, it has more than one sentence in it. Some people don’t mind two.

      • AlertCiz

        Yes. You need simple words?

    • Astonman

      You know the billions in tax breaks was given to anyone who would step up to the plate and Tesla did. They were not given – they earned it. They over promised on a few things but they have delivered over 400K cars. They’re not some companies that made promises and never delivered. If this was an easy business, other car manufacturers would have been doing it. It’s not – and he’s made it for over 15 years. Notice lately how all the Manufacturers are teaming up to create a line of electric cars. Why? because it is so expensive to do. Even they admit they will lose money in the beginning until they can get cost of batteries down and the volume up. Name a new car manufacturer in the last 50 years that has done what Tesla has. How many electric car companies have come out of the woodwork to emulate Tesla and have built more than 100 cars – 50 or 25 even? Is Elon egotistical and narcissistic? Yes. But to say he lacks business fundamentals….hmm success with Paypal, SpaceX and Tesla too… you’re really pushing reality. Even if Tesla fails, he’s done more than anyone since Henry Ford to push the automobile forward. You need to go to China and see what the people are driving. Why do you think the luxury automakers are over there – Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Porsches, Range Rover and so on. My first time in China 10 years ago, I saw more Porsche Cayenne driving around than I did living in So Cal. That was an eye opener and each time back, I saw more and more luxury cars. And more cars that I thought would be too expensive for the normal person – but there they are stuck in traffic jams. From what I read, some of those crashes were from people were not following the guidelines like don’t fall asleep and always keep your hands on the steering wheel and to have situational awareness. Every manufacture is promising robots-taxi so why are you picking on Tesla? I’m not a fan of it because you’re taking away jobs. Volvo is in joint venture with Uber for example. And hyping ups SpaceX – you’re kidding right? He jumped in to one of the more difficult field – aerospace and has beaten everyone that has been in business for 75 years. He got the contract because he showed his rockets work. Simple as that.
      Do I own stocks in Tesla? Nope. Do I drive a Tesla – Nope. Do I always defend Tesla – Nope. But when I see what you’ve written – it reminds me that there are many guys out there looking to short Tesla’s stock and will say damning things to facilitate it. You just sound like a shill for these guys.

    • Julien Lachemoi

      So 8 deaths ? On how many hundread of thousands of cars sold ?
      Yeah, that does sound very dangerous.

      • AlertCiz

        Let’s beta test a self driving system on the unsuspecting public. Want to be a test subject? Don’t worry, the data will be used to make the next person miss the concrete barrier.

        • Julien Lachemoi

          You can be butthurt all you want about it, this system is way safer than the vast majority of people.

          • AlertCiz

            Only five people killed so far on autopilot. The lawyers will have a field day with that

          • Julien Lachemoi

            Compare that numbers to how many death with “normal” driving in the same period, the same places, the same conditions.
            We have to make sure autopilot is safe and will be improved with each new technologies and with infrastructures but people have to stop denying they are safer.
            Numbers don’t lie. People on the whole suck at driving.

          • AlertCiz

            22 vendors suing for their money. Five deaths due to autopilot and three deaths due to exploding batteries. That is more than all the other car makers combined.

      • AlertCiz

        Live testing on the unsuspecting public is not a computer game to watch on computer screens…that can also be used to play games.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    It looks like they took the current NSX and made it look even more bland.

  • Alduin

    How much is Tesla paying you guys and Left Lane news to put out such BS pro Tesla articles? This car is garbage and doesn’t even have a properly designed dashboardit looks bland and boring just like the stupid model 3.

    • Julien Lachemoi

      I can understand you complaining about reading too much about info but don’t give your opinion on that car.
      It’s not out yet, nobody has tested it so you have absolutely no idea how good or bad it is.
      Be reasonable in your complain.

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  • Harry_Wild

    I do not think this will be made for production for sale! Panasonic told Tesla they will hold batteries production at the same quantity as 2018! That means Tesla cannot produces more cars then that of 2018. Tesla needs to find another supplier but that is against their joint agreement. Tesla is in trouble! Toyota and Panasonic have sign a agreement and some the gigi factory batteries could headed to Toyota EV in the near future. Rumor has it that Tesla want to make their own batteries so they have to agree on a price for a buy out. Either Tesla buy out the partners or Panasonic buys out Tesla!

    • KAG25

      Tesla will not last long term, it will have to partner with someone. Just look at all the big mistakes they been making.

  • Nordschleife

    This looks good.

  • Kagan

    I don’t think I like in practicality.

    The design is to tame not super or hyper.

  • Pedro Pereira

    Can you still call it a steering wheel?

  • Sybill Julian


  • Thunderbolt

    Doesn’t Tesla drive by itself, so what the hell is a stupid steering wheel doing there?

    • KAG25

      it is a seat adjuster

  • Enter Ranting

    Why not just a vice grip clamped onto the steering column?

  • KAG25

    I thought those steering wheels were illegal for road cars here.

  • ctk4949

    That steering wheel looks terrible!!

  • AlertCiz

    New trend to charge cars from electricity made from fossil fuels. Yep, new trend to take your money while you think you are saving the planet.

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