Tesla is currently testing its upcoming Roadster and a few guys actually caught one just before liftoff.
You may best know the Tesla Roadster from the time Elon Musk launched one into space on the back of the Falcon Heavy rocket. It’s still up there, where it will remain for thousands, if not millions of years. But back here on Earth, things are looking a little more exciting for the Roadster in that someone might actually get to drive one before it gets blasted into orbit.
You never know with Elon Musk though. He could cancel the whole thing and just launch all the prototypes into space.
Speaking of Roadster prototypes, one was caught on film at Tesla’s test track next to the Fremont California factory. There, a group of excited youngsters were vocally shocked to see a red Roadster pull up beside them separated only by a chain-link fence. The Roadster was quiet as a ghost except for the brakes, which squealed like a banshee before coming to a stop.
Then the Roadster squealed again as it burnt off a layer or rubber. The car’s launch control was engaged, so it shot off down the test track as fast as its all-wheel-drive could go. Which, as you can see, is pretty frickin’ fast.
Please note: some adult language is used near the end. Those with delicate or disgustingly young ears should maybe mute the video. There’s not much else to hear anyway.
Tesla says the car will do 0 to 60 in 2.1 seconds, and from the looks of things that may be accurate. It’s nothing compared to the sub-2 second Aspark Owl, but it’s close. And it certainly looks like it’s on its way to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds.
Along with those neat speed times, the Tesla Roadster is reportedly going to have a 200 kWh battery pack capable of driving for 620 miles under ideal conditions. One must assume “ideal conditions” do not include launching from a standstill as fast as its four wheels can go.
Base price for the Tesla Roadster is $200,000, and if Tesla manages to keep to its timetable you can get one in 2020. Or maybe not, if the Model 3’s delays are any indication.