Tesla CEO Elon Musk has finally confirmed the 0-60mph time of the Tesla Roadster when it’s fitted with the SpaceX package, and while many won’t believe it, we’re still excited to hear that it’s just 1.1 seconds.
This comes just days after the Petersen Auto Museum teased this figure. According to visitors there, the vehicle’s information panel read that when fitted with cold gas thrusters, the all-electric car would be able to hit 60mph in 1.1 seconds. Obviously, when news spread, fans of Tesla started making a lot of noise. Musk cottoned on and confirmed that this speed will indeed be possible for the Roadster when fitted with the rocket package, but insisted that it would still be safe at these speeds.
Its acceleration will be intense, but it will be done safely like a “hardcore roller coaster.”
He did however note that for those with medical conditions, it probably wouldn’t be the best idea to be in the car when such acceleration occurs. This is hardly surprising when acceleration this fast would be almost painful for humans.
The Roadster 2.0 has always been an exciting idea since its reveal, with performance specs that were, at the time, shockingly fast. 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds, and more range than you could shake a charger at. But with the addition of rocket boosters, this pushes the car into somewhat of a strange niche, somewhere between a hypercar and a land speed record holder. Too fast? Maybe.
On top of this, Musk has revealed that the Roadster will look different to the prototype we’ve already seen, but still insists that it will look even better than before. Considering it looked pretty damn good in the first place, I’m very excited to see just how much it changes, how it changes, and the reasons why.