Tesla Roadster Surprise: 0-60 in 1.9s and 600+ mile Range

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Tesla and Elon Musk took the automotive industry by surprise, whilst at their electric truck launch event they slipped in a brand new model to the range: the second generation Tesla Roadster.

Claims for the new Tesla Roadster are bold and figures are top trumps: 0-60 in 1.9s, 0-100 under 7s, Top Speed over 250mph and a 600+ mile range.  If the chassis is up to scratch, weight is kept to sensible levels and of course the battery technology is used to keep a low centre of gravity and perfect weight distribution this could be a supercar slayer at the track.

More in the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXqnzLQpxEo

This is Tesla’s second attempt at the roadster, the first being a Lotus Elise derived and Hethel engineered car some 7 years ago, which although didn’t set the world alight, secured Tesla’s place as a serious manufacturer of electric cars.

The new Tesla Roadster is due to go into production in 2020 with a hefty $200,000 US Dollar starting price.  No doubt the order book will be bursting!

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Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

RMS Forum Comments

Rocko 09:21 | Fri 17 Nov, 2017 | Report
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Boabybooster 09:41 | Fri 17 Nov, 2017 | Report
May be quick and all that, but give me the noise of a V engine anyday.
genman 09:56 | Fri 17 Nov, 2017 | Report
Also Tesla reliability record is poor. Great to see what is possible...now it's just needs to be affordable. Should wake up some mainstream companies though as even at $200k it's still cheaper than the rival Porsche etc
Andy888 09:57 | Fri 17 Nov, 2017 | Report
That first video is like watching a cult speech! More of a cheer for the size of the battery pack rather than the performance figures.
David.S 10:00 | Fri 17 Nov, 2017 | Report
The Tesla Semi, if it can be sold at a competitive price could be a game changer. 172517
warren 11:11 | Fri 17 Nov, 2017 | Report
The torque figure 172520
Rocko 11:34 | Fri 17 Nov, 2017 | Report
I assume thats a typo? That's 7300+ lb/ft, 7 times the P100D figure. Edit: Keep in mind that Tesla is quoting 10000N/m of WHEEL torque, for comparison, a 911 Turbo S has 750*3.909 (1st gear) *3.44(Final Drive)~=10100N/m of max wheel torque in 1st gear. Actually, it also seems to be lower than the Model S P100D's wheel torque: 1250*9.73 ~=12100N/m, Tesla wants them big numbers for PR it seems.
warren 11:44 | Fri 17 Nov, 2017 | Report
Ah, not incorrect then as such. But how does that work with the Tesla only having 1 gear? Assuming wheel torque on the likes of the 911 goes down as you go up through the gears will the Tesla have 10,000nm the entire time? *I have no understanding of working out wheel torque, correct if I’m wrong
Cooper 14:14 | Fri 17 Nov, 2017 | Report
| Ah, not incorrect then as such. But how does that work with the Tesla only having 1 gear? Assuming wheel torque on the likes of the 911 goes down as you go up through the gears will the Tesla have 10,000nm the entire time? *I have no understanding of working out wheel torque, correct if I’m wrong
I think you're right. It should have full torque for the full range of electric motor revs. On the track, being 'in the power band' or 'wrong gear' suddenly becomes meaningless as the EV has more on demand torque more of the time. The way this thing must launch itself out of corners must be unreal.
Andy888 15:43 | Fri 17 Nov, 2017 | Report
This guy seemed to enjoy his passenger ride in one: id=aXWfL-1ieuE;t=3395


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