For the past few weeks, we’ve been bombarded by fantastic claims about the new Tesla Roadster 2020 all-electric battery-powered four-seat sports car set to hit the road by in late 2020 or early 2021.
There are two quite incredible claims about Roadster 2020 being touted by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The first: this incredibly fast sports car will be able to fly but won’t really be a flying car. The second: Roadster 2020 will come equipped with rocket engines.
By fly, what Musk really means is Roadster will be able to hover a few feet above the ground. While this isn’t flying in the real sense, having a car hover will be a fantastic feat because no car has ever done this before.
Asked a few weeks ago when people might expect to see a hovering Roadster, Musk tweeted, “Maybe end of next year.”
And how will Roadster fly? The answer: 10 “cold air thrusters” that will eject compressed air. These cold rocket engines will “dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking and cornering.” It will also improve maneuverability.
Musk got everyone’s attention by saying the rocket engines will “maybe even allow a Tesla (Roadster 2020) to fly.” Not all Roadsters will be able to hover and be equipped with rocket engines.
Only the Roadster’s special “SpaceX package” will be capable of rocketing from 0 to 97 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 1.9 seconds. This feat will make this car the fastest street legal production car in the world. Range will come to 620 miles.
Pictured: The Tesla Roadster, the world’s first highway-capable all electric car available in the United States, is displayed on its production debut in the Tesla Flagship Store on May 1, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Getty Images/Vince Bucci
In the real world, Musk said ordinary Roadsters will have the same specs as the SpaceX package, except for the rocket engines. These jaw-dropping specs were all words until a new video revealed what the Roadster 2020 prototype can do while flying on the road (not in the air).
The video, created by Billy Crammer and posted on his Youtube account, shows exactly how impressively fast, sleek and powerful the Tesla Roadster 2020 will be. While the vehicle in the video is a mere prototype, it has gotten Tesla fans excited for what the new EV has in store.
Screaming past other cars to the tune of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” is apt because Roadster 2020 represents Musk’s ideal for a new harder, better, faster, stronger supercar.
Tesla has been taking reservations for the $200,000 base version (with a $50,000 deposit) since late 2017. The first 1,000 Roadsters in the Founders Series will retail at an eye-popping $250,000.
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