Tesla Roadster: Elon Musk announces you can upgrade for even faster version

TESLA CEO Elon Musk says that the ludicrously fast sports car his company revealed last week is actually an entry-level model, with an even quicker version on the way.

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Tesla Roadster: Elon Musk says the electric sports car will have a go-faster option

The new Roadster was revealed to much surprise at the launch of the new Tesla Semi truck, with some astonishing performance claims – 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds, a 620-mile all-electric range and a top speed of 250mph.

However, Musk has now announced that the $200,000 (circa £178k) sports car, which already claims to have better performance than a Bugatti Chiron hypercar, will have a go-faster option.

Writing on Twitter, he said: “Should clarify that this is the base model performance. There will be a special option package that takes it to the next level.

“Not saying the next-gen Roadster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe…

“Certainly possible. Just a question of safety. Rocket tech applied to a car opens up revolutionary possibilities.”

It’s unclear whether Musk was joking with the follow-up tweet about flight, as he has a history of having fun with the media.

For example, at the launch of the Tesla Semi he revealed that the glass was thermo-nuclear explosion-proof, before adding: “Well, it’s close. It survives a nuclear explosion or you get a refund!”

It was widely reported that the Semi could survive a nuclear explosion.

The Tesla Roadster has a production date target of 2020. However, historically the California-based electric car maker has struggled to hit deadlines.

The Model X SUV saw huge delays, driven in particular by the overly complex dihedral doors, while manufacturing of the new Model 3 saloon has been slower than projected because of “production hell”.

 

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