We already know the next-gen Tesla Roadster will be one of the fastest, if not the fastest production car when it is hopefully released next year. According to Tesla’s website, it will have a sub 2-second 0-60mph time.
With barely enough time to breathe before you reach 60mph, you would think there’s not much room for improvement. New details revealed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles show Tesla wants to cut that time nearly in half.
According to a plaque in front of the Roadster display, the 0-60mph time when the Roadster is equipped with the optional SpaceX Thruster package will be reduced to just 1.1 seconds.
We learned more about how exactly this SpaceX thruster package will work last year. In an interview with Jay Leno, Elon Musk said the optional rocket thrusters will be cold gas thrusters, secretly hidden at the rear of the vehicle.
“We’re gonna use ultra high pressure compressed air. It’s a cold gas thruster. The main thruster will be behind the license plate. So for acceleration, it drops the license plate, and behind the license plate is a rocket thruster. It’s like full-on James Bond.”
The Roadster was first revealed in 2017, and was hoped to land in customers hands last year. After several delays, Musk said during the company’s Q4 2020 earnings call that production will begin in 2022.