The second-generation Tesla Roadster, originally unveiled in 2017 and expected to enter the market in 2022, is currently displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles (from May 19 to June 2, 2021). See tickets here.
It's not the first Tesla on the display at the Petersen Automotive Museum. In 2020, visitors could see the Tesla Cybertruck and a ton of other EVs (including the first-generation Tesla Roadster, Tesla Model S prototype, GM EV1, Volkswagen ID.3 concept/MEB platform, Volkswagen ID. BUZZ concept and Bollinger B1 2-door prototype).
As we can see in the videos, the design remains basically unchanged. The tri-motor Tesla Roadster is promised to accelerate 0 to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) 1.9 seconds (although 2.1 seconds in more likely without a rollout) and deliver 620 miles (998 km) of range.
The interesting thing is that the description in front of the car reveals that the SpaceX package of cold air thrusters is expected to go 0-60 mph in 1.1 seconds!
That's quite a difference, but it will rather not be repeatable without a recharge (fill up the compressed air tanks). Another thing is whether a driver and its passengers can withstand such acceleration and maintain control of the vehicle?
Anyway, when it comes to acceleration, Tesla always pursues the lowest number possible.
It's worth noting that Tesla CEO Elon Musk mentioned the thrusters on Twitter today, saying they will be hidden behind the license plate, similar to a gadget on a James Bond vehicle.
A couple more videos:
Gallery: Tesla Roadster
Tesla Roadster base specs:
- expected 620 miles (998 km) of range
- about 200 kWh battery pack
- 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) 1.9 seconds
0-100 mph (160.9 km/h) in 4.2 seconds
1/4 mile 8.8 seconds
- Top speed of over 250 mph
- All-wheel drive
three electric motors (two for rear wheels, and one for front axle)
- system output: N/A
wheel torque of up to 10,000 Nm
- seating: 4
- Prices: $200,000 (base reservation $50,000)
Founders Series Price: $250,000 (1,000 reservations available; $250,000)