Elon Musk’s 2018 claim that the Tesla Roadster would be available with a ‘Space X package‘ including cold air thrusters seemed like a joke at first, but the outspoken chief executive is entirely serious about making it happen.
Now, Musk has revealed a new piece of information about the ‘Space X package’, stating that the rearward-facing thrusters will be hidden under the license plate. Musk took to Twitter to share this after a fan sent him renderings of a Tesla Roadster Back To The Future mash-up asking if that was how the thruster package would look.
SpaceX thruster package will be subtle. Hidden behind license plate.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 13, 2019
While this tweet from Musk states that they will be hidden behind the license plate, there will (likely) be other thrusters hidden across the vehicle too. The executive has previously said that they will “dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking and cornering” and “maybe even allow a Tesla to fly”.
Tesla will reportedly remove the rear seat of the Roadster to fit the air tank and compressor needed for the Space X package.
The covers to the second-generation Tesla Roadster were taken off at the end of 2017 and the electric car manufacturer intended on launching the all-electric hypercar in 2020. The new Roadster has been (unsurprisingly) delayed and while Elon Musk won’t give a date as to when it will launch and hit the production line, some speculate that it won’t arrive until at least mid-2021 by which time other electric exotics like the Rimac C_Two and Pininfarina Battista will (probably) already be on the road.