THE hotly anticipated Tesla Roadster has been spied out on the road for the first time – and it appeared to be suffering technical difficulties.
The all-electric supercar was revealed out of the blue in November last year, boasting astonishing performance statistics – 10,000 Nm of torque, 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds and 0-100mph in 4.2 seconds.
With production penciled in for 2020 – though take that with a pinch of salt given Tesla’s track record for missing deadlines – we weren’t expecting to see one on the road until later this year at the earliest.
However, some eagle-eyed car enthusiasts in Malibu spotted a prototype of the sharply styled Roadster out in the wild.
They snapped a couple of photos of the vehicle, which appeared to be stranded in the middle of the road with the driver on the phone.
According to Electrek, Tesla staff had been trying to move the car to the side of the road using two small sleds. However, the California-based electric car maker later confirmed the car left the scene under its own power.
It appears the prototype was being used in a photoshoot when it suffered its unknown technical gremlins, as Tesla chief designer Franz Von Holzhausen was behind the wheel at the time and later posted photos from a nearby mountain road to Twitter.