Tesla’s new Roadster has been postponed more than once in recent history, but as we know him, Elon Musk let the cat out of the bag and tweeted about a “hover test” that Tesla will be doing late next year.
A hovering Tesla, maybe? Or just a joke?
Now, when he’s saying that the new Roadster will have specs such as 620-mile range and a 1.9 second zero to sixty, he may not be joking. The new Tesla Roadster will also feature a “SpaceX package” consisting of cold air thrusters (electric ones?)
Elon even said that the thrusters will be small rocket engines that will “dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking and cornering”. So there will be ten thrusters, maybe two in the front and two in the back. And maybe another two on each side. Wow.
SpaceX option package for new Tesla Roadster will include ~10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around car. These rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering. Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 9, 2018
The cold air thrusters will enable the car to hover above the ground.
Seeing the level of detail in the explanation, it may look like Elon’s not joking, after all. Besides an electric hypercar, we may as well have a spaceship able to navigate short distances by floating, to skip traffic jams or to just simply rocket the user out of imminent danger.
Future sounds terrific. Only the release date has slipped from 2020 to 2021. Which we kind of expected.