Elon Musk took a break from tweeting about crypto to respond to a fan’s inquiry regarding Tesla’s upcoming second-generation Roadster.
Last week, when asked on Twitter whether the new Roadster will be able to achieve 60 mph from rest in only 1.1 seconds, Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded, “yes,” adding that the car will require a “SpaceX rocket thruster option package” to accomplish so.
Yes, with the SpaceX rocket thruster option package. It will be safe, but very intense. Probably not wise for those with a medical condition – same as a hardcore roller coaster.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2021
Tesla stated in 2017 that the new Roadster would be able to reach 60 mph in 1.9 seconds. However, immediately after the announcement, Musk moved to Twitter to increase the buzz by stating that there will be a performance upgrade—possibly using rockets.
According to Musk’s most recent tweet, the rocket improvement has been confirmed. It remains to be seen, though, if it will actually go into production.
But how could that possibly work? Musk has dropped hints in several tweets in the four years after the new Roadster was unveiled. Rather than using chemical rockets like those created by Musk’s SpaceX company, Musk has suggested that the Roadster’s rocket will be powered by compressed air produced by an onboard pump and stored in tanks replacing the back seats. The thruster would extend from the vehicle’s back, maybe hidden under a flip-down license plate.
We’d have to think that such a system would be risky for anyone passing near the thruster, making it doubtful that it’d be permitted on a street-legal car. Any rocket enhancement will most likely be restricted to track usage exclusively.
Those who are still waiting for the new Roadster should be prepared to wait a long time. When 2020 arrived along, Musk claimed Tesla was focused on more serious challenges, such as getting its German factory up and running and the Cybertruck pickup truck in production at a new factory in Texas. There’s also the Semi transport vehicle in Tesla’s plans.