Tesla CEO Elon Musk just revealed on Twitter that the base model of the
hotly-anticipated Roadster will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just over
two seconds “before adding rocket thruster option.”
The electric car company originally announced the Roadster in November 2017
— a performance convertible that could reach 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds.
Musk also teased an optional SpaceX-inspired rocket package for the car that
could further enhance acceleration and handling.
“If you have three Gs of thrust, you can go in any direction,” he said on
the podcast Ride the Lightning earlier this month. “You can go up and
accelerate with still more than 2 Gs.”
He also revealed in a January tweet that the package “will use [a] SpaceX
cold gas thruster system with ultra high pressure air in a composite
over-wrapped pressure vessel in place of the 2 rear seats.”
Tesla has been taking reservations for the $200,000 base version and is
planning to officially bring it to market by 2020 — an ambitious timeline if
Tesla’s production track record for new models is anything to go by.