The Tesla Roadster is billed as The quickest car in the world, with record-setting acceleration, range and performance this all electric vehicle is entering serious hypercar territory. The disclosed specs are impressive, and the design blends aerodynamic efficiency with smooth flowing lines in a way that excites that primal instinct in all car enthusiasts. At a retail price of $200,000, this high tech marvel is a great value, if you have 200 grand lying around to blow on a sports car.
Tesla Roadster Acceleration
The most publicized feature of the Tesla Roadster is certainly its head snapping acceleration, this extremely swift electric super car going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 1.9 seconds. This incredible feat is even more impressive than the the acceleration of the $354,000 Lamborghini Murcielago, for example, which can achieve 0-60 in 3.1 seconds, 1.2 seconds slower than the Roadster. Another super car that has slower acceleration than Elon Musk’s EV is the famous Bugatti Chiron, a 3-million-dollar vehicle that can accelerate from 0 to 60 in only 2.4 seconds. It’s claimed the Roadsters ¼ mile time will be under 9 seconds with a top speed of 250 mph.
If we’re counting the Chiron does a quarter mile in 9.9 seconds. In fact, the Roadster’s specifications beat the Chiron in almost every category, the single feature where the Bugatti excels being its top speed, which maxes out at 261 miles per hour, 11 miles per hour faster than the Roadster. But…you can buy fifteen all electric Tesla Roadsters for the price of one Chiron.
SpaceX Model Thrusters
The special Space X model of the Roadster is rumored to come equipped with thrusters, a technical feature that many first thought was one of Elon’s notorious goofs, but Musk confirmed that a special edition of the car will come equipped with “small rocket thrusters” Technically “composite overwrapped pressure vessel” (COPV), basically high pressure jets that will help the car accelerate, decelerate and even provide additional downforce to improve traction. The air will be compressed by electric pumps powered by the roadsters battery keeping the car “All Electric” We’re not exactly sure what this system will look like in a production implementation, but the 10 estimated thrusters are definitely a feature that no other super car can compete with.
Limited range is one of the biggest concerns drivers have about electric vehicles, In fact there’s even an industry term coined “Range Anxiety”, the Roadster with it’s Hefty battery pack is the right medicine to cure range anxiety, with an estimated range of 620 miles on single charge, it beats every other comparable supercar, the $310,000 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera with its twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12 715 horsepower engine couldn’t even cover half that distance on a full tank of gas. A feature that’s actually important to certain high-end customers that participate in long distance motor rally’s like the Gumball 3000. The anticipated 200 kWh battery of the roadster has twice the capacity of the Tesla Model S P100D.
Supply and Demand
Now if we want to talk economics, The Tesla Roadster is going to be limited to 10,000 models per year, making this all electric supercar a scarce resource. As we all know the law of supply and demand dictates price, and with only 10,000 models being produced per year, the Roadster will practically be a collectors item. By comparison Porsche produced 36,236 911’s in 2018 and on average 135,000 people peform a google search about the Porsche 911 every month, while the Tesla Roadster garners 165,000 monthly searches. With this kind of interest and the limited supply, we expect there might just be a lucrative aftermarket for the Roadster.
In case you didn’t know, the Roadster has the automotive world abuzz regarding it’s incredible torque, this incredible electric vehicle being expected to have 7,376 pound-feet or 10,000 newton-meters of wheel torque. To handle this massive force, the Roadster comes standard in all wheel drive and is equipped with torque vectoring technology. The torque is intelligently and dynamically applied to each wheel, improving handling and increasing efficiency of power transfer making the Tesla a very stable car on the road. Tesla’s software is expected to be a more advanced and evolved system than most combustion super cars.
All the Tesla models are brilliantly engineered and have stellar designs, and the Roadster really takes the prize with its topnotch performance and from what we’ve heard from the chief designer Franz von Holzhausen, the upcoming production model will be even more powerful than the concept that was presented and marketed until now. He claims the roadster is evolving and inching towards perfection.
This killer electric super car sports a minimalist and practical aerodynamic design, perfectly balancing performance and looks and will feature no door handles and a glass roof that can be removed to turn the car into a convertible. Elon hinted in an interview that “Manufacturers are required to have side mirrors [on their cars], but he believes that the owner is not.” We also know that Tesla has officially petitioned the NHTSA to allow exterior-mounted rearview mirrors to be replaced with cameras.
Even though we don’t have yet have solid info about all the sensors and internal specs that are going to make this car a high tech dream to drive, we’re sure it’s going to be even smarter than the model S or the model X. Auto-pilot and self-driving abilities definitely being on the list!
Ferraris, Lambos and Astons and the like are all incredible cars no doubt, but due to the limited production and the Elon Muskian “going to Mars” novelty factor, we can be sure that pulling up to the valet in the Tesla Roadster is going to be a real showstopper that attracts more attention than any other supercar on the road right now. In fact, you’re going to have to fight off people trying to take photos every time you’ll be taking your car out in public!
Tesla Roadster Price
The base model is expected to cost $200,000 in the US but the Founders Series, the first 1,000 to be produced, are priced at $250,000, 50k of that being the deposit. And at that price, with these spec s, we’re thinking the Tesla roadster is a bargain.