Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Musk Says New Tesla Roadster Will Use Rocket Thrusters

Musk announced the SpaceX package on Tuesday at Tesla's annual shareholder meeting.

"That issue is better in latest Autopilot software rolling out now & fully fixed in August update as part of our long-awaited Tesla Version 9".

As impressive as those specs are, Elon Musk over the weekend hinted that the next-gen Roadster may have a few more tricks up its sleeve. Concerning the open-top, Musk said, "What we unveiled with the Roadster was the base model performance". The status ends with "Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly". Taking to Twitter, Musk said that the next-gen Roadster may include a SpaceX package that will feature approximately "10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around auto". Just a question of safety. Adding rocket thrusters could easily double that price but if the vehicle delivers performance to rival multi-million-dollar hypercars, it could still be excellent value for money.

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Some believe the SpaceX package could be no more than special badging and the Midnight Cherry color matching the Roadster Musk recently sent into space.

CleanTechnica's Steve Hanley reports the SpaceX version of the vehicle would be able to reach 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds and will have a top speed of more than 250 miles per hour. That's hypercar performance for around $200,000 to $250,000, less than one-sixth the usual hypercar price.

The objective of the new version of the Roadster, according to Musk himself, is to take away the "halo crown" from gasoline cars in all aspects of performance. "Because gasoline cars still have sort of a halo effect, and I think if we can show an electric vehicle can outperform a gasoline auto in every way, then we sort of get rid of that halo effect of gasoline cars".

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