This car is not a pipe dream it is a reality. It overcomes Simon’s range anxiety, but may have created a new one with a $200,000 price.
The new Tesla Roadster
Ferrari recently said it was not interested in electric cars. This will take a share of their market for those who want the fastest car on the road. To get close to this performance with a gasoline car you need a bugatti priced at over $3 million. Tesla Roadster: Zero to 100 kph in 1.9 seconds.
My personal opinion is this demonstrates what is possible with known and existing technologies. It may have a high price today but there is always a trickle down effect (Unlike the tax reforms in the USA)
Tesla announced a new version of its very first car, the Roadster, turning it into an electric supercar described as a “hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars” by company founder Elon Musk.
Musk said prototypes of the “base model” are able to hit 60mph from a standstill in 1.9 seconds and that a production version of the car may be able to accelerate even faster.
That’s a full 0.4 seconds faster to 60mph than the current fastest Tesla, the Model S P100D, in the so-called ludicrous plus mode, which hits 60mph in 2.3 seconds. But it would also be faster than any current production car, with the performance hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder the current king with a 0-60mph time of 2.2 seconds. The fastest 0-60mph time ever recorded was 1.5 seconds by the AMZ Grimsel Electric Race Car.
Musk proudly proclaimed that the Roadster will have a top speed of over 250mph, if you can find a straight long enough. The current record for top speed for a production car is the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which reached a speed of 277.87mph on 4 November, in Pahrump, Nevada.
Price & Range
Musk said that the Roadster should be able to drive around 630 miles of motorway driving between charges with a 200kWh battery. The current top-rated distance for the Model S 100D at 55mph, at 20 Celsius, is 424 miles.
The standard retail price of the so-called base model will start at $200,000 (£151,530) making it the most expensive Tesl
a to date above the £144,440 top of the line Model X.
However, even at the not insignificant sum of $200,000 the Roadster will actually be comparatively cheap for its performance levels. The Porsche 918 Spyder, for instance, cost about £780,000 when new, while the Bugatti Chiron costs about £2.5m.
The first 1,000 Roadsters sold will actually cost $250,000 and will be limited edition Founder’s Series.