Tesla CEO Elon Musk previously mentioned a special option package for the all-new Roadster and now it will become a reality as a SpaceX Package.
Does this mean it will be able to fly? Of course, there are people out there that have mentioned this and even Musk himself brought it up. The obvious answer is no, however, if by "fly" we mean travel quicker than any production car ever built ... that seems like a given since the base model that was shown in the fall already made such claims.
Back in November, Musk reminded that the released specs were for a base version of the Roadster and went on to say that there would be a next-level performance package upgrade. At this week's 2018 Tesla Annual Shareholder Meeting, the CEO confirmed this SpaceX Package for the upcoming Tesla Roadster.
Not saying the next gen Roadster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe …
Certainly possible. Just a question of safety. Rocket tech applied to a car opens up revolutionary possibilities.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2017
A white Telsa Roadster was on display at the meeting. Twitter user Dennis Pascual shares some photos from his walkaround:
— Dennis Pascual (@dennis_p) June 6, 2018
To put this into perspective, let's recap the specs of Tesla's Roadster 2.0. It will achieve a zero-to-60-mph time of 1.9 seconds, tackle a quarter mile in 8.9 seconds, and top out at 250 mph. Not to mention its 620-mile range and 10,000 Nm of torque at the wheels.
Exceeding any of these numbers would surely be a feat that could stomp down multi-million dollar supercars and hypercars. Keep in mind, the Roadster - without any SpaceX Package - is supposed to be priced at $200,000. So, even with an expensive performance package, this will be drastically less expensive than anything in its class. If it can fly, well that's a whole other ballgame. We believe the only way that will be true is if Elon sends it into orbit.