Tesla Says Production Roadster Will Be Better In Every Way Than The Prototype

Tesla is promising that the production version of the new Roadster will be even better than the head-turning prototype unveiled a couple of years ago.

While recently speaking on the Ride the Lightning podcast, Tesla chief designer Franz von Holzhausen said that the all-electric supercar is still undergoing developent: “It’s evolving deservedly so; it needs more time. It will be even better than what we’ve unveiled. In every way.”

While von Holzhausen failed to reveal what will differentiate the finished item from the prototype, his statement that it will be improved fits in line with previous statements from chief executive Elon Musk that the electric car manufacturer is working on a number of unique components for the car.

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Most notably, Musk has previously stated the Roadster will be available with a ‘SpaceX package’ that includes small rocket thrusters to help the car’s acceleration, aid in braking and cornering, and bump up the car’s top speed. These rocket thrusters could also help the Roadster hover, making it the first Tesla with such a capability.

At the Roadster’s unexpected unveiling back in late 2017, the company revealed that it will have a 200 kWh battery pack, new powerful electric motors, accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 1.9 seconds and sprint through to a 250 mph (402 km/h) top speed. If these already mighty figures are indeed improved for the production model, then we could be looking at something even more extraordinary.

“We’re going to do things with the new Roadster that are kind of unfair to other cars. (It’s) crushingly good relative to the next best gasoline sports car,” Musk said earlier this year.

 

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  • Matteo Tommasi

    I hope so, that prototipe could take flight without rockets given how little is done in terms of downforce.

    • benT

      I wouldn’t doubt the work done in a wind tunnel ….. so far at least.

    • benT

      Look at the profile – it IS down force from front to back – does not have to a wing to be down force effective

      • Matteo Tommasi

        The front end is going to have serious issues at high speed

  • SteersUright

    Impossible. It will never have the deft lightness of the best sports cars. I don’t doubt it’ll be very fast but there’s no way even Tesla has figured out how to escape the mass & weight of tons of batteries onboard.

    • benT

      haters No.1 RIGHT HERE.

      • SteersUright

        I find that people of limited intellect combined with massive insecurity and anger issues broadly label anyone they don’t agree with, “hater”. But that’s just an observation, not saying it applies to you.

        • benT

          is this the best your ‘intellect’ can do?

    • Maisch

      A very good point, fast and fun doesnt need to be coupled at all. I wonder where it will end up weight wise, a fair bit over two metric tonnes at least.

  • Steve Cohn

    What good is that incredible acceleration if the driver blacks out due to high G forces?
    0 to 60 times have no meaning any more. “My car beats your car to 60 by 0.2 seconds!
    And you only made it in 3.2 seconds”. This is where we are today.
    The important issue is, how does it drive?

    • Giziclown

      Then everyone should drive a Miata.

      • wtvlol

        Cars are getting way too powerful. New EV hypercars with 2000hp….crazy. I bet most people will get sick after experience such a quick acceleration.

  • salamOOn

    idk but i find it pretty dangerous to offer those numbers and capabilities to such wide audience.

    • benT

      you mean the youngsters on this website??
      ATM it seems too early for the haters to hit their screens…..

    • Alduin

      It’s a great way to thin the herd and just let these dumb future Tesla owners die out. Future Darwin Award winners.

    • JqC

      Full Self Driving!

  • THEY SHOULD RELEASE THE BASE MODEL AND WORK UP NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. THIS ROCKET NONSENSE IS A REAL TURN OFF.

    • DaruniaG

      Why base model first?

      • BECAUSE NOT MANY PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR A CAR THAN CAN GO FASTER THAN 1.9 SECONDS 0-60. GET THE CAR ON THE ROAD, DON’T WASTE TIME TRYING TO GET EVEN MORE RIDICULOUS PERFORMANCE, IT’S ALREADY OUTPERFORMING EVERYTHING ELSE. THEY CAN ALWAYS RELEASE A HIGHER PERFORMANCE MODEL ONCE PEOPLE GET BORED WITH HITTING 60 IN UNDER TWO.

      • benT

        What base model?

      • benT

        prototype is the current look only.

  • Mr. EP9

    Well of course it will, you’re comparing a finished product to a prototype which still has issues that need to be resolved. Of course the finished model is going to be better than it.

    • Alduin

      The finished car will still need to be finished correctly since Teslas quality is horrendous.

  • Alduin

    With a boring AF interior like the Model 3 excitement will quickly turn into boredom. I don’t know how anyone can even like that uninspired and boring dashboard the model 3 has it’s a joke for a 40+k car.

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