Tesla Roadster, the fully-electric, battery-powered stylish sports car, is unlike anything you’ve seen in the market before. And a recent revelation from Elon Musk only confirmed this further.
Previously, Tesla claimed that its Roadster is capable of reaching 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, which would make it one of the fastest cars to date. However, Musk recently said that SpaceX’s cold-gas thrusters, situated behind the car’s license plate, will be used to increase its speed to a whopping 0-60 mph in 1.1 seconds.
If you don’t believe the claim that the Roadster could potentially be the fastest car in the world, you can look to the YouTube channel Engineering Explained for evidence. Jason Fenske, the host of the channel, uses the existing data about the Roadster and the principles of physics to conclude that the vehicle will have a weight of around 2000 kgs (or 4400 pounds), resulting in the g-force (or acceleration) of around 1.44 G’s. When you add the SpaceX package of cold-air thrusters to the equation, the gravitational force comes to 2.5 G’s- about the same as Musk’s estimates.
The acceleration can then be used to derive the speed, as velocity is equal to time multiplied by acceleration. This result is also in line with the company’s prediction of 0-60 mph in 1.1 seconds.
If the SpaceX thrusters are indeed capable of providing the Roadster with this acceleration, it will become the fastest car on the planet, overtaking the current fastest models by a significant margin.
According to Autocar, the fastest cars in the world right now are the Ultima Evolution Coupé and Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, both of which can reach the speed of 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds. The fastest electric car, however, is the Japanese sports car Aspark Owl which can reach 0-60 mph in 1.7 seconds.
If Tesla manages to pull this off, it will become another Elon Musk company to hold a record to its name. The first one is SpaceX, which became the first private company to launch humans into space.
Musk is, of course, confident that this can be done: “We’re going to do things with the new Roadster that are kind of unfair to other cars. [It’s] crushingly good relative to the next best gasoline sports car.”