Elon Musk just officially confirmed that the Tesla Roadster you will actually have an optional non-cardiac package: a integrated booster rocket developed by SpaceX. When activated, the Tesla Roadster will accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in one second. In fact, if this Tesla Roadster were floating in space – Like the one Musk launched on a Falcon Heavy rocket – could use its thruster to move through the interplanetary vacuum.
Musk it he said in a tweet in response to the disbelief of a visitor to the Petersen Automobile Museum in California, where there is an exhibit on the supercar that claims it will be able to go from “0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.1 seconds.”
“Yes,” Musk noted in his reply, “with SpaceX’s optional rocket booster package.” The billionaire noted in the same tweet that “probably [no será] prudent for those with a medical condition ”, stating that the result will be like the acceleration of a“ hard roller coaster ”.
To give you an idea, a Twitter user has published a video with a simulation of what this acceleration would be like:
That’s how fast the 1.1-second liftoff from 0 to 60 mph should look like with the boosters from the Space X package in the Tesla Roadster. The computer worked out the physics and then displayed it in a rendering animation. I’m not sure about the amount of gas, but it threw the effect anyway. Enjoy @Elon Musk #tesla #space pic.twitter.com/VzMukQPT2E
– Slave ‘Popovski ® (@Pslavi) June 23, 2020
According to Musk, the rocket booster “will be safe but very intense.” I don’t know the first but the second, judging from the video, is clearly true.
How does it work
There are still not many details about the operation of this rocket that SpaceX is developing for Tesla, but according to Musk it is a SpaceX propulsion system that “it works with cold gas ”.
The gas, he says, will be “ultra-high pressure” compressed air in a pressure vessel wrapped in composite material. This deposit will replace the two rear seats. According to Musk himself, the thruster will be located behind the license plate, which will open each time you activate the thruster. Sounds like James Bond or Pierre Nodoyuna, but Musk seems to be very serious.
Yes, with the SpaceX Rocket Booster Option Pack. It will be safe, but very intense. It’s probably not wise for those with a medical condition, the same as a hardcore roller coaster.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2021
I still do not quite understand the need to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 1.1 seconds when, in theory, Tesla claims that its “stock” Roadster can accelerate from zero to 100 in 1.9 seconds.
We will have to wait to see if it is another unfulfilled promise from the owner of Tesla. Musk returned to delay availability of Tesla Roadster until 2022. The same has happened with other cars, which have suffered continuous delays and, in the past, have always had problems meeting their initial specifications.
When the Roadster comes out, says Musk, it will have a new design that is not the same as the one you can see in this article and will have a 200kWh battery and three electric motors that will give it a power of 288 horsepower and a maximum speed of 402 km / h which will likely have you eating its 997 kilometer range in three minutes.