Elon Musk’s claims that the new Tesla Roadster will be “the fastest production car ever made” might actually be underdone.
When it was revealed in November last year, Musk said the base model of the Roadster will do 0-60mph (0-96.5km/h) in 1.9 seconds.
“It will be the first time any car has broken two seconds at 0-60,” Musk said. “It will be the fastest to 100mph, 4.2 seconds to 100mph.”
If those numbers are good, it will indeed be the fastest production car ever made. Ferrari’s LaFerrari, Lamborghini’s Aventador SV and Bugatti’s Chiron can only manage the distance in 2.4 seconds.
A startup called XING Mobility claims to have a prototype, “Miss R”, that can do 0-60mph in 1.8 seconds, but the chances of it ever being available off the shelf are minimal.
And even if it is, the 2020 Roadster may outperform it regardless.
This is Emile Bouret, otherwise known as the man with one of the best jobs in the world:
When he was at college, he shared a room with Franz von Holzhausen.
Von Holzhausen went on to become Tesla’s lead designer, and Bouret went on to get to test drive the best supercars in the world, including drifting Musk’s own Roadster back in 2008.
And for the past year, the 2020 Tesla Roadster. At the surprise November launch, it was Bouret’s job to take journalists for a spin.
Bouret has also got into a little bit of trouble since then revealing more about the new Roadster than Tesla is comfortable with, but this week, he was happy to share some thoughts on it with car enthusiasts VINWiki.
He doesn’t go into a lot of detail, but he does say the car is “going to be a proper weapon”. Here’s why:
I know there’s some skepticism about the figures that Elon quoted… and I think can say without getting in trouble that those are actual figures. Those aren’t theoreticals. Those aren’t calculations. We’ve done those numbers. And I probably shouldn’t say that those numbers are even conservative, but they are.
It’s not often you hear someone calling Musk “conservative”. Or calling anyone conservative if they talk about hitting 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds.
The full video is below, but we’ll start you at the point Bouret begins to talk about how nerdy von Holzhausen and another Tesla test driver Aaron Bailey are in regard to the car’s setup: