Sneak peek: The all-new Tesla Roadster is the ultimate e-supercar
Elon Musk is a rockstar and his ability to grab eyeballs for everything he does is an art that he has perfected. While unveiling the all-electric Semi trucks that Tesla intends to roll out, he ended the grand presentation by rolling out the Tesla Roadster which will make its market debut in 2020, however, bookings have already started. It is a car that boasts of unimaginable performance figures and undoubtedly has the world taking notice.
Engineered for speed
The Roadster has taken aerodynamic engineering to the next level with its sleek design which is said to maximize its potential as it literally cuts through the air. Designed by Franz von Holzhausen, who formerly worked for Mazda, it is a remarkable machine that comes with a 2+2 seating configuration and a removable glass roof that can be stored in the trunk in order to deliver that open-top motoring experience.
Powered by three electric motors with one up front and two at the rear, the vehicle boasts of an all-wheel drive and torque vectoring technology which ensures that it drives like it’s on rails. The triple motor configuration allows the supercar to go from 0-97 kmph in just 1.9 seconds and it can do 0-161 kmph in 4.2 seconds, while the quarter mile dash can be covered in 8.8 seconds flat!
Compared to traditional supercars, the Roadster sits in a league of its own which also makes it the fastest car in the world. The mind-boggling performance figures also include the 1,000 Nm of torque generated at the wheel and a top speed of 400 kmph. The icing on the cake undoubtedly is the 1,000 km range per charge.
There has been a fair bit of speculation on these claims by Tesla with prime interest being on the batteries on board being able to provide that kind of range and the tyres being able to handle all that torque. Having said that, Tesla has surprised the world in the past and the 2020 Roadster seems to be in line to repeat history and usher in a whole new dimension to high-speed green motoring.
Hefty price tag
Tesla has already opened bookings for the new Roadster and the base price of the car is set at $2,00,000. The first 1,000 cars will be sold at a premium under the ‘Founders Series’ limited edition banner and these will retail for $2,50,000.