Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed on Twitter that the new Tesla Roadster will have centerlock wheels like a small collection of the highest performance cars on the market at the moment.
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything about the Roadster after the Cybertruck took center stage not too long ago, and since then we’ve been yearning to hear more about the upcoming all-electric hypercar. But once it’s released, it will be the halo car for Tesla, while looking to outperform any other performance car on the market.
While it was supposed to hit the market this year, obviously COVID has pushed the reveal back, although we’re sure there are other behind-the-scenes reasons as to why it’s not on the road yet. Despite this, Musk is slowly drip-feeding us information to tide us over.
My favorite is one in tension, other DoF in compression. New Roadster wheels will only have one nut.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 18, 2020
It will have one nut per wheel, and they will be “huge”.
Yes, it will have huge nuts haha
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 19, 2020
The main advantage of a single centerlock nut over that of the 4 or 5 that you would see on a conventional wheel is speed. It’s much faster to remove just one nut instead of 5. It also offers more room for brakes and the like. Formula 1 cars use this kind of technology, as do a small number of high performance supercars on the road today such as the Lamborghini Aventador SV and Porsche 918.
We’re very excited to hear more on the Roadster as we close in on its release. Elon boasts that the base spec will be seeing a 0-60mph time of 1.9 seconds while also having a range of 620 miles. Add on the ‘SpaceX Package’, and the car will come even faster with “cold air thrusters” that will propel the car alongside the electric motors.
We’re expecting an update on both the Roadster and the Tesla Semi later this year.