2025 Tesla Roadster featuring sub-1 sec zero to 60 mph time?

Elon Musk has stated on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the new Tesla Roadster is coming in 2025 with a sub-1 second 0-60 mph (97 km/h) time thanks to rocket propulsion technology developed by SpaceX. Is the American electric supercar finally coming after seven years of waiting?

With Cybertruck finally launched and Model Y production fully ramped up, Tesla seems to have gotten back some time to develop the Roadster. The second-gen sports car was first shown in 2017, with a promised 2020 launch date, but this deadline has been pushed forward several times due to the manufacturer focusing on more profitable projects.

0-60 mph in under a second

However, it seems a launch date is not that far off anymore. CEO Elon Musk has taken to X/Twitter to announce that his company has “radically increased the design goals for the new Tesla Roadster. There will never be another car like this if you could even call it a car.”

Replying to comments on his post, Musk has also let slip that a sub-second 0-60 mph time is targeted, and “that is the least interesting part”, hinting that the car could even fly a little.

The second-gen Tesla Roadster will get an optional SpaceX package, adding rocket boosters to increase performance dramatically /Tesla

SpaceX rocket boosters

To recall, the second-gen Roadster will use an optional SpaceX-developed rocket propulsion package to achieve this kind of performance, as electric motors and tires alone could not achieve this kind of acceleration. The package will include around ten small thrusters, which could improve straight-line performance, but also braking and cornering, according to Musk.

The CEO has also set a provisional launch date for the second-gen Roadster, with an unveiling by the end of 2024, and the first production model will be shipped in 2025. Customers who paid $50,000 to be part of the Founder’s Series in 2017 can finally look forward to getting their car.

The first Roadster was the car that put Tesla on the map in 2008 as the first serial-production electric car to use lithium-ion batteries. It remained in production until 2012, with several updates increasing range and around 2,450 models built before handing over to the Model S, which dramatically scaled up Tesla’s production figures. And the rest is history.

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