Test Driver Calls Next-Gen Tesla Roadster A “Proper Weapon”

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JUN 28 2018 BY VANJA KLJAIC 15

Those insane figures released by Tesla are not estimates. They are actual.

Ever since Elon Musk revealed the space-age numbers that represent Tesla Roadster’s performance figures some seven months ago, the world’s been left in awe of the potential capabilities of this vehicle.

As an all-electric supercar, The Tesla Roadster maximizes the potential of aerodynamic engineering—with record-setting performance and efficiency. In turn, the Roadster gives drivers one of the most impressive spec sheets in the automotive industry. Let this sink in: the Tesla Roadster will sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 1.9 seconds. If you continue to 100mph (160km/h), you’ll need only 4.2 seconds. A 1/4 time of 8.8 seconds won’t leave anybody unimpressed. Top speed? Over 250mph (400km/h).

But, not a lot of people actually got to drive this vehicle.

Tesla Roadster

One of those that did get a chance to drive the next-generation Tesla Roadster is Emile Bouret. His CV might contain things like pro-driver, test driver, car show presenter, and a car designer – among many – but he is most notably known for working with Audi as the main driving instructor of the Audi Sports Car Experience. Furthermore, Emile got a gig with various car manufacturers as a test driver, putting his vast knowledge and expertise into developing their cars. This includes a gig at Tesla that he got through his friendship with Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen.

One of the most recent jobs was testing Tesla’s next-generation Roadster, supplemented by giving test rides to Tesla owners interested in the Roadster at last year’s launch event. This is how he was able to get a real-world grasp of the Roadster’s actual performance capabilities.

I know there is some skepticism about the figures that were quoted that day, 0 to 60 mph, quarter-mile, etc., and I think I can say without getting in trouble that those are actual figures. Those are not theoretical. Those are not calculations. We have done those numbers. I probably shouldn’t say but those numbers are actually conservatives. It’s going to be a proper weapon.

With a sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 1.9 seconds and a mind-numbing 0 to 100mph (160km/h) in just 4.2 seconds, dubbing the 2020 Roadster as a “proper weapon” might not be too far off. Grab a look at his interview with the YouTube channel VINWiki, where Emile Bouret briefly commented about his Tesla work experience, while also brushing on the topic of working on the Roadster development.

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15 Comments on "Test Driver Calls Next-Gen Tesla Roadster A “Proper Weapon”"

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John

I can’t wait for all the ICE proponents to push past all the eye-popping performance specs to mention something about the track. And, I can’t wait to see the Roadster 2.0 on the track. At least the haters still have a fair amount of time to search for the next knock on EV’s once the track score is settled..

God/Bacardi

No need to waste time or energy on ICE proponents, focus on the Millennials… Fundamentally, its no different than a switching a sports team…One of the biggest sports rivalries are the Red Sox and Yankees; very few people ever change their loyalties from one to the other…

CDAVIS

@ God/Bacardi said: …its no different than a switching a sports team…”
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Switching between ICE vs EV is switching between obsolete vs new… like switching between tube TV vs flat panel. TVs are now a historical footnote as will be ICE for consumer cars.

Switching between sports teams would be more like switching from one brand flat panel TV vs the other.

SparkEV BoltEV

All the mIllenials I know seem to love EV. They may not know anything about cars, but they know Tesla. Surprisingly, many also know BoltEV

Salem

Strange the discussions I had are the complete opposite, there is just one person I could interest in EVs and it was still mainly about the technology less the intent to buy

pjwood1

John, You don’t sound like an enthusiast. Speed is fun. Many who like it don’t care, ICE or BEV. They may not be too reverent to brand, either. They simply like to go fast. Is that a sin, if done in a safe environment?

You kind of sound like the “hater”, here.

Mike

An 8.8 second 1/4 mike is nuts. I can’t remember the exact requirements and specifications, but NHRA mandates a ton of safety requirements for any car running these types of 1/4 mike times. Things like full roll cages, 5-point seat belts, maybe driver certification. It will be interesting to see if you can even race one of these on track without serious modification, which I can’t see many people wanting to do. Never mind that driving a car this fast is way beyond the general skill level of 99% of drivers. Insurance is going to be a nightmare.

That said. I still think it is totally cool.

SparkEV BoltEV

Which is funny considering drag motorcycles easily run 8.8 without having roll cages, etc.

Bill Howland
Yeah another toy for the rich. I could afford to purchase the original roadster with zero options, which I did, and owned for 4 years. I will never be able to afford this one. I watch with interest how reliable this car will ultimately be – but they’d probably have to sell a number of them to find out that information. Its funny how we seem to have ‘Gone Back in Time’, since neither I nor several of my Canadian friends no longer own Roadsters, various reasons being given as to why each person individually decided to sell, but ultimately it hinged with all of us on the ongoing likely repair cost, and just the basic ultimate repairability of the car; many Germans deciding to eschew the original “PEM” for a locally manufactured German inverter that will not need constant maintenance, nor have hot-spotting issues. The fact is, there was a nice ROADSTER that many of us could afford 7-9 years ago, but now, there is NOTHING in the conceivable near future, unless Mazda (unfortunately the least interested in making electrified products of any major manufacturer) decides to electrify the very successful, economical Miata Roadster. Barring that, we’ll have to… Read more »
Salem

I feel you, I was also disappointed the Tesla Roadster isn’t a Roadster, but a Super/Hypercar.
The problem is many Roadster get their driving fun from being light and affordable, both something that is hard to achieve with BEVs right now. The biggest complain about the original Roadster I heard was that the additional weight is rather noticeable.

pjwood1

If I’m irreverent, I agree with you. VW made it up Pikes Peak with 1/5 the KWh the Tesla Roadster is to have.

If I’m building one of the auto-industry’s “sports” cars, that really aren’t meant for track, I’ll make it heavy and give it lots of range. Especially with BEVs, you really have to make a choice which way you go.

“a proper weapon” will likely mean losing for virtually any street-legal machine that provokes the competent Roadster owner. But what can you do in public, briefly break the law? Past the track gate, there is plenty of reason to wait & see. It isn’t whether BEV can do it. It’s whether Tesla puts its mind to it.

John

It’s because companies have to always innovate and improve on their last product. Think about this- since you bought the Roadster the same company you lament now also offers the Model S, Model X, Model 3, and soon a pickup truck, semi truck, the Model Y, and who KNOWS what. I don’t believe we’re going backwards, I think we’re just evolving.

Bill Howland

Well, the ‘3’ remains to be seen, and from what I have seen so far, the car does seem more serviceable than the “S” or “X”. But those cars seem to have even more problems than the original roadster did, and the cost to insure or repair is apparently much higher than the original roadster because of that.

This i’m sure is of no concern to Tesla since they are selling all that they make. But the car appeals to a different type of buyer than I was when I purchased my Roadster. And this new Roadster is much more foreign to me than any car I would actually buy, even if I had the money, which I do not.

windbourne

Huh.
So, you have your choice of an S or X that are FASTER and S actually handles as well as the original roadster.
And yet, you will gripe about this? Why?

Bill Howland

Don’t worry about it man, you are just clueless to anything I’ve said. Any people who count understood what I said.