Tesla Roadster’s SpaceX Thrusters To Be Hidden Under License Plate

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.

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”.

Also Read: Musk Now Claims Tesla Roadster Will Hover Thanks To Rocket Thrusters

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.

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Rendering via All Car News

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  • Ben

    More foolishness, however, if you need to say “Go go gadget…” to engage them I’ll reconsider my stance on Tesla, LOL.

  • Sovereignty

    I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s Lotus Evija announcement.

    • Ben

      Now that’s some real news!

  • Jason Miller

    Love it.

  • europeon

    The sad thing is that pretty much everyone has access to the Internet nowadays, which is basically a massive library, bringing knowledge – available only to the scholars just a few decades ago – right at their fingertips, yet most people chose to ignore this, and religiously believe in every fraud and scam out there.


  • Mr. EP9

    Is that even legal? Secondly, I really believe this man was high when he concocted such an idea. The probability of this actually working are as about as likely as those jet engine powered concepts from the past.

  • Richard Alexander

    Fire! No, really, expect this thing to burst into flames….

  • MarketAndChurch

    The rendering with that rear wing looks pretty cool.

  • JqC

    I am prepared to endorse this entire thing if, and only if….. it comes with separate, KITT-inspired, Turbo-boost and Super Pursuit mode buttons. I think this is only fair.
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