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Elon Musk: Tesla Roadster will be the fastest sports car on earth in every way

In a recent interview, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has stated that the upcoming Roadster electric hypercar will be the fastest car on earth in every way.

1y ago

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There are big statements, and then there’s what Elon Musk has just said. For in a recent interview, the Tesla CEO has officially stated that the upcoming Roadster will be the fastest car on earth in every single discipline. It’ll have the fastest top speed, the fastest acceleration, and the best handling. It’ll be a complete Royal Flush to the suddenly de-powered Gods of internal combustion.

In the aforementioned interview with Recode, Musk said: “We’ve got the next-generation Roadster, which will be the fastest sports car on every dimension. Fastest acceleration, fastest top speed, best handling. It’s important to have an electric sports car that’s faster than the fastest gasoline sports car. And it helps address that halo effect that gasoline sports cars have. So I think it’s important to do that to show that, you know, electric is the best architecture.”

If the Roadster were to be released tomorrow, it would have to beat the 277mph top speed set by the Koenigsegg Agera RS, as well as that car’s uncatchable acceleration. For the Roadster to have the best handling, I personally see it needing to better the Porsche 991 GT2 RS. The trouble is however, the Roadster isn’t being released tomorrow - it’ll be here in 2020. And by then, the automotive landscape will look very different.

Come the next decade, Aston Martin will have the Valkyrie in production, Bugatti will have the Chiron SuperSports, and Koenigsegg will have the Ragnarok. For Musk’s statement to hold any truth, these are the cars the 2nd generation Roadster will have to beat. And if you ask me, I doubt it will. But who knows, the power of electricity might just beat the best internal combustion can throw at it.

But now I want to put the question to you guys and say: do you take what Musk has said literally and believe the Roadster will be the fastest car in the world in every way, or do you think he’s just made an enormous overstatement? Let me know in the comments.

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Comments (63)

  • That's a huge claim to make. Acceleration might be faster for upto 100mph. After that we all know electric motors fade out. It can never match the Agera's acceleration after 120mph. A car that handles better than a Porsche 911 gt3 RS? Yeah, right. Dream on, Elon. Also I think it would have serious range issues. I think before he makes this car, he should create the world's fastest car charger.

      1 year ago
    • Yeah the current draw beyond 200km/h would be massive, and it would just increase the greater the load.

      Unless there's a mini-reactor on board, I don't understand how they could achieve any of this, acceleration benchmarks (0-60mph and...

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        1 year ago
    • Exactly my thought. Increase the battery, you increase the weight. Then you would need more powerful motors. Which again leads to increasing battery. It's just a endless loop basically.

        1 year ago
  • Of course it will., it's not like Musk is renowned for talking shite and making unrealistic claims for his products and ideas.

    Also, and I'm not a Koenningsegg devotee but, no car can possibly be better than a car called Ragnarok.

      1 year ago
  • Jokes on Elon, Tesla won't exist in 2020

      1 year ago
  • Does anyone else feel that St. Elon is losing the plot a bit? He's becoming almost as crazy as John McAffee.

      1 year ago
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