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PostHeaderIcon The 2020 Tesla Roadster is a Real Kick in the Ass for Koenigsegg

0-to-60 mph in 1.9 seconds

Koenigsegg has admitted to being bowled over by Tesla’s performance claims for its new Roadster to the point that company engineers went straight to work after realizing that the Roadster’s performance times were indeed possible. Speaking with Top Gear, Koenigsegg chief Christian von Koenigsegg admitted that Tesla had thrown the gauntlet, and it was up to his company to respond. In typical bravado fashion, Koenigsegg is embracing the challenge with plans that could set up an industry-altering showdown with Tesla.

PostHeaderIcon Can You Spot What’s Different on This Tesla Roadster Prototype?

Tesla’s annual shareholder’s meeting had its share of surprises, but one of the biggest highlights from the event was the unveiling of a new prototype for the upcoming Tesla Roadster. The prototype was spotted at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, sitting alongside a Model 3, Model S, Model X, and a Tesla Semi prototype. Curiously, the Roadster was the only model that was cordoned off, suggesting that Tesla wasn’t keen on the idea of letting people get an up-close look at it.

PostHeaderIcon New Tesla Roadster To Run Off Hopes, Dreams, and Unicorn Farts

Introduced in a surprise debut just last November, the next-generation Tesla Roadster sent waves through the industry thanks to its stunning good looks, impressive list of features, and high-tech powertrain. And what a powertrain – Tesla claims it’ll go an incredible 620 miles between plug-ins and hit 60 mph in less than 2 seconds, all while laying down an absurd 10,000 Nm (7,376 pound-feet) of torque through its trio of electric motors. Numbers like these beg belief, but now, in a TopSpeed exclusive, we’re learning just how Tesla’s engineers managed to make them a reality.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon New Tesla Roadster To Run Off Hopes, Dreams, and Unicorn Farts

Introduced in a surprise debut just last November, the next-generation Tesla Roadster sent waves through the industry thanks to its stunning good looks, impressive list of features, and high-tech powertrain. And what a powertrain – Tesla claims it’ll go an incredible 620 miles between plug-ins and hit 60 mph in less than 2 seconds, all while laying down an absurd 10,000 Nm (7,376 pound-feet) of torque through its trio of electric motors. Numbers like these beg belief, but now, in a TopSpeed exclusive, we’re learning just how Tesla’s engineers managed to make them a reality.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading

These days, it seems like you can’t turn around without bumping into some new SUV tuned to perform like a sports car. But what if you went the other way around, taking a sports car and adding a dash of off-roading goodness? Or maybe try a gallon of off-roading goodness. Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following seven renderings.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

Ferrari 488


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Rumor has it Ferrari is cooking up an SUV to take on the new Lamborghini Urus, making a clear break from over 70 years of tradition (at least as far as the segment goes, not the whole Lambo challenge thing). But while we’re still waiting for the tall-riding Prancing Horse to arrive, we’ve got this big-and-bad 488 to check out. Draped in Rosso Corsa and sporting an array of LED light bars, this thing is deliciously sacrilegious. And check out the wheels, which appear as through they were plucked from an F40. Splendid.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS (2017)


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Believe it or not, but Stuttgart has a good deal of experience mixing it up in the dirt. No, I’m not talking about a Cayenne set in the off-road driving mode – I’m talking about the 911! With a history of competition in rally events across the world, including Group B, the East Africa Safari Rally, and the Dakar, the 911 is actually quite formidable with the right modifications. This thing has exactly that, with a taller suspension, big knobby tires, and uber-tough skid plates, all of which should help it go, well, anywhere! And with 700 horsepower on tap, you can bet it’ll get there mighty quick as well.

Bugatti Chiron


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Plucked off the golden streets of Monaco or Dubai and set down in the nitty gritty terra firma, you’d have to be crazy to turn a Chiron into an off-roader. The kind of crazy we like. Tear off the bumpers, swap the adaptive suspension with extra wheel travel, and add an enormous winch to the front end. Done deal. Of course, you gotta keep the quad-boosted 8.0-liter W-16 intact, because 1,500 ponies in the dirt just feels right. Don’t worry – the AWD and monster rubber should handle it all just fine.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon


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When it comes to straight-line speed, there are few muscle cars out there as badass as the Demon. With 6.2 liters of blown ‘Merican V-8 under the hood, it certainly has the goods to perform at the drag strip. But what about the rock crawl? Makes sense to us, and we’re sure Dodge has the right parts bin to sift through to make this a thing…

2020 Tesla Roadster


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Taking a quick break from the internal combustion, we’ve got this battery-powered two-door on deck to bring the EV heat. While the Roadster 2.0 is still several years out, we’d love it if someone had the chutzpah to turn one into some gravel-churning monster. It’ll do 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds on pavement, but what about off it? Well, with 10,000 Nm of torque, that plus-sized wheel and tire package shouldn’t slow it down too much. And oh yeah – check out the roof-mounted solar panels! Stellar touch.

Jaguar F-Type


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Jaguar Land Rover has plenty of experience in the world of off-roaders, but we’ve never seen it applied to the first word in that name. Rest assured though, because this thing definitely has experience climbing through the mud and rocks in the Scottish Highlands.

Nissan GT-R


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While conquering all challengers on the track is kind of the GT-R’s thing, perhaps it’s time to expand its list of challengers. The AWD system is ready to go, while the turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 makes lots of momentum. Just flare the fenders, add some steel bumpers, then have at it.

References


2016 Ferrari 488 GTB - image 615039

Read our full review on the 2017 Ferrari 488.


2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS - image 722043

Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.


2018 Bugatti Chiron - image 727469

Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.


2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon - image 713133

Read our full review on the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.


2020 Tesla Roadster - image 746102

Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.


2017 Jaguar F-Type - image 655250

Read our full review on the 2017 Jaguar F-Type.


2017 Nissan GT-R - image 670401

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan GT-R.

PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading

These days, it seems like you can’t turn around without bumping into some new SUV tuned to perform like a sports car. But what if you went the other way around, taking a sports car and adding a dash of off-roading goodness? Or maybe try a gallon of off-roading goodness. Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following seven renderings.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

Ferrari 488


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773963

Rumor has it Ferrari is cooking up an SUV to take on the new Lamborghini Urus, making a clear break from over 70 years of tradition (at least as far as the segment goes, not the whole Lambo challenge thing). But while we’re still waiting for the tall-riding Prancing Horse to arrive, we’ve got this big-and-bad 488 to check out. Draped in Rosso Corsa and sporting an array of LED light bars, this thing is deliciously sacrilegious. And check out the wheels, which appear as through they were plucked from an F40. Splendid.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS (2017)


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773964

Believe it or not, but Stuttgart has a good deal of experience mixing it up in the dirt. No, I’m not talking about a Cayenne set in the off-road driving mode – I’m talking about the 911! With a history of competition in rally events across the world, including Group B, the East Africa Safari Rally, and the Dakar, the 911 is actually quite formidable with the right modifications. This thing has exactly that, with a taller suspension, big knobby tires, and uber-tough skid plates, all of which should help it go, well, anywhere! And with 700 horsepower on tap, you can bet it’ll get there mighty quick as well.

Bugatti Chiron


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773965

Plucked off the golden streets of Monaco or Dubai and set down in the nitty gritty terra firma, you’d have to be crazy to turn a Chiron into an off-roader. The kind of crazy we like. Tear off the bumpers, swap the adaptive suspension with extra wheel travel, and add an enormous winch to the front end. Done deal. Of course, you gotta keep the quad-boosted 8.0-liter W-16 intact, because 1,500 ponies in the dirt just feels right. Don’t worry – the AWD and monster rubber should handle it all just fine.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773966

When it comes to straight-line speed, there are few muscle cars out there as badass as the Demon. With 6.2 liters of blown ‘Merican V-8 under the hood, it certainly has the goods to perform at the drag strip. But what about the rock crawl? Makes sense to us, and we’re sure Dodge has the right parts bin to sift through to make this a thing…

2020 Tesla Roadster


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773967

Taking a quick break from the internal combustion, we’ve got this battery-powered two-door on deck to bring the EV heat. While the Roadster 2.0 is still several years out, we’d love it if someone had the chutzpah to turn one into some gravel-churning monster. It’ll do 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds on pavement, but what about off it? Well, with 10,000 Nm of torque, that plus-sized wheel and tire package shouldn’t slow it down too much. And oh yeah – check out the roof-mounted solar panels! Stellar touch.

Jaguar F-Type


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773968

Jaguar Land Rover has plenty of experience in the world of off-roaders, but we’ve never seen it applied to the first word in that name. Rest assured though, because this thing definitely has experience climbing through the mud and rocks in the Scottish Highlands.

Nissan GT-R


Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading - image 773969

While conquering all challengers on the track is kind of the GT-R’s thing, perhaps it’s time to expand its list of challengers. The AWD system is ready to go, while the turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 makes lots of momentum. Just flare the fenders, add some steel bumpers, then have at it.

References


2016 Ferrari 488 GTB - image 615039

Read our full review on the 2017 Ferrari 488.


2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS - image 722043

Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.


2018 Bugatti Chiron - image 727469

Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.


2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon - image 713133

Read our full review on the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.


2020 Tesla Roadster - image 746102

Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.


2017 Jaguar F-Type - image 655250

Read our full review on the 2017 Jaguar F-Type.


2017 Nissan GT-R - image 670401

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan GT-R.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Roadster 2.0 vs the Rimac C_Two – Did Rimac Just Beat Tesla To The Punch?

Active aerodynamic elements

The world went gaga when Tesla dropped a surprise debut of its next-gen Roadster last November, with analysts and speed fans alike drooling over the claims made by the high-tech EV sports machine. Some of the numbers and specs seemed insane for a street-legal road car, but with an official on-sale date still several years away, there was time for the rest of the industry to catch up. Now, it looks like the Tesla just got one-upped before it could even hit the road, as Rimac dropped the C Two in Geneva with a list of numbers capable of delivering a K.O. punch to the upcoming Roadster 2.0.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

There’s a lot to learn about these machines, with both offering performance and technology that looks to break new ground. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what each has in terms of the exterior, interior, and powertrain to see how they stack up.

Exterior Style And Aero

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Note: 2020 Tesla Roadster pictured on the left, Rimac C Two pictured on the right.

“The Tesla Roadster 2.0 arrives to the party boasting a sleek speed slab profile, while the Rimac incorporates far more details and curves.”

Let’s kick things of the with Tesla Roadster 2.0, which arrives to the party boasting a traditional speed slab profile. The stance is low and wide, with flared fenders and huge wheels front to back giving it a poised, ready-to-pounce attitude. The lines are sleek and menacing, while thin headlights and taillights bookend a centrally placed greenhouse.

It’s definitely an original design, and one of the most aggressive we’ve ever seen from the California-based company. It’s also functional, with active aero elements in place to help it stick.


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“Dimensionally speaking, the C Two appears to be larger.”

By comparison, the carbon-clad Rimac is also quite low and wide, with a central cockpit and flared fenders, but the similarities end there. Dimensionally speaking, the C Two appear to be quite a bit larger, while the style incorporates far more details and curves than the Tesla. There are wings and intakes everywhere on this machine. There’s also more drama thanks to the butterfly doors, while the plus-sized rollers incorporate concave wheel covers to enhance the aero efficiency. LED lighting can be found at both ends, and there’s loads of active aero elements, much more than you get on the Tesla.

Interior Spec And Tech

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Note: 2020 Tesla Roadster pictured on the left, Rimac C Two pictured on the right.

“Step into the Tesla, and you’ll be met with a simplified cabin design that’s almost antiseptically clean. By comparison, the Rimac is far more plush.”

Step into the Tesla, and you’ll be met with a simplified cabin design. The shapes are solid throughout, with curves and geometric structures that lend it a spacey kind of vibe. It’s also almost antiseptically clean. The steering wheel is small and rectangular, while passengers are help in place by large seat bolsters. Brushed metal and carbon are used for the materials.

A plethora of large digital readouts are on hand for infotainment purposes, including a prominent touchscreen that makes up the majority of the center console, and there’s a G meter that can be used to monitor your performance driving stats. There’s also a 2+2 seating arrangement and several compartments for storage. Up top is a removable targa roof to let in some extra fresh air, and although Tesla didn’t specify, the Roadster 2.0 should come with a host advanced self-driving tech.

Moving over to the Rimac, we find a much more plush cabin space. Carbon is used for the dash, with rounded gauges added here and there to provide the driver with critical info. Leather and Alcantara are used for the upholstery, and billet aluminum is used for the switchgear.

In addition to the screen in the center console, there’s five other screens scattered around the cockpit, including an all-digital gauge readout behind the flat-bottom steering wheel. The tech load-out is on point, with facial recognition rather than a traditional key, plus there is the usual assortment of autonomous safety systems, including automatic braking, evasion control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-sleep assist, and adaptive cruise control. There’s even a “Driving Coach” that helps you perform better in the track. Seating is limited to two passengers, but Rimac insists there’s enough cargo room to bring luggage on an extended getaway, framing the C Two as a “true grand tourer.”

Powertrain And Performance


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“Both machines offer four-figure output, 0-to-60 mph times under 2 seconds, and top speeds over 250 mph.”

Slick styling and sweet tech are all well and good, but we’d be lying if we didn’t say the most important feature of both these vehicles was the performance.

Once again, let’s begin with the Tesla, which comes equipped with three electric motors total, with one in front and two in the rear. That gives it AWD grip and advanced torque vectoring handling. Juicing the motors is a 200-kWh battery. All told, Tesla claims the 2020 Roadster makes an astonishing 10,000 Nm (7,376 pound-feet) of torque, which is the kind of number you’d expect from an aircraft, not a two-door sports car.


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“All that juice means the Tesla can hit 60 mph in 1.9 seconds,100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and the quarter mile in 8.9 seconds”

All that juice means the Tesla can hit 60 mph in 1.9 seconds,100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and the quarter mile in 8.9 seconds. Top speed is rated at more than 250 mph, and it’ll go a whopping 620 miles per charge.

On to the Rimac, which offers its own mind-melting stats. Under the floor is a liquid-cooled 120-kWh battery, which sends many many electronics to the four dual permanent-magnet oil-cooled electric motors. Each motor is connected to its own individual gearbox, and there’s infinitely variable all-wheel torque vectoring and carbon ceramic brakes to assist in the handling department.

Output for the C Two is rated at over 1,900 horsepower and 2,300 Nm (1,686 pound-feet) of torque. Rimac also says it’ll do the 0-to-60 mph shimmy in 1.85 seconds and achieve a top speed of 258 mph. Stay off the skinny pedal, and it’ll offer 404 miles of range as well.

Tesla’s Ace In The Hole

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“There’s one very big difference between the 2020 Tesla Roadster and Rimac C Two – the price.”

While we could draw similarities between these two machines all day long, there’s one very big difference between the 2020 Tesla Roadster and Rimac C Two – the price.

While the Rimac will fetch upwards of seven figures, the Tesla is priced at a much more reasonable $200,000 for the base model, or $250,000 for the fancy first edition “Founder” series model.

That’s a massive difference, and buyers will need to do a pretty major judgement call when lining these two against one another.

Conclusion

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Note: 2020 Tesla Roadster pictured on the left, Rimac C Two pictured on the right.

“Here’s the real key differences between these two – the Rimac is here now, while the Roadster 2.0 is still several years away.”

It goes without saying that the 2020 Tesla Roadster
and Rimac C Two are both absolutely incredible machines. Both look very impressive and come with a cutting-edge suite of technology, and both go like hell from the word go.

There are a few differences to point out, though. For starters, the Rimac takes the styling drama to new heights thanks to the butterfly doors and extra speed-cue styling, plus the advanced active aero makes the thing feel truly alive. We’d argue the Rimac’s interior is also far nicer than the that of the Tesla, although we’d expect the Roadster to win out in terms of autonomous features (and headroom too).

Speed-wise, these things are pretty much matched evenly. The acceleration contest will come down to real-world conditions, drivers, and individual cars. We’d expect more or less the same thing in terms of handling, although we’ll have to see if the Tesla can edge out its competition thanks to a smaller size and lower curb weight.

But here’s the real key differences between these two – the Rimac is here now, while the Roadster 2.0 is still several years away. At the same time, the Rimac ismuch more expensive.

So, if it was your money – which would you rather have?

References


2019 Rimac C Two - image 772530

Read more about the 2018 Rimac Concept Two.


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Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.

PostHeaderIcon Falcon Heavy Launch Sends Tesla Roadster And Starman Into The Great Beyond, But Now What?

Earlier this week, SpaceX lit the fuse on its biggest, baddest rocket to date. Dubbed the Falcon Heavy, the test flight was, more or less, a success. But the question remains – where do we go from here? Read on for a full rundown on what happened with the launch, as well as what to expect next.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

Three… Two… One… Blast Off!


On Tuesday, February 6th, at 3:45 PM EST, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket blasted off from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the same pad where the historic Apollo Moon missions took flight almost half a century prior. With all 27 of its individual Merlin engines lit, the Falcon Heavy produced over 5 million pounds of thrust, shooting into the sky in a brilliant display of fire and smoke.

Once the first stage was complete, the rocket’s side boosters were jettisoned and redirected back towards Earth, where they landed simultaneously on the ground on parallel landing pads in Florida. Then the core booster was detached and redirected towards a “drone ship” landing pad located in the Atlantic Ocean.


Unfortunately, the core failed to ignite all three of its re-entry engines, and as a result, it hit the ocean at a rate of approximately 300 mph. It also missed the drone ship by about 300 feet, but the impact was great enough to take out two of the ship’s engines, while also “[showering] the deck with shrapnel,” according to Musk.

The Roadster Is Deployed


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“SpaceX deployed the upper portion's fairing, revealing the Roadster and its Starman pilot and providing onlookers with a spectacular sight – one red drop-top sports car, plus humanoid figure in the driver's seat, both circling high above our Blue Dot as David Bowie's “Life On Mars?” twinkled in the background.”

Regardless of the failed core landing, the Falcon Heavy’s payload remained intact. After the core engine was disengaged, the upper stage engine was lit, propelling it into an even higher orbit around the Earth. Then SpaceX deployed the upper portion’s fairing, revealing the Roadster and its Starman pilot and providing onlookers with a spectacular sight – one red drop-top sports car, plus humanoid figure in the driver’s seat, both circling high above our Blue Dot as David Bowie’s “Life On Mars?” twinkled in the background. On the car’s infotainment screen was a plaque inscribed with “Don’t Panic!”, a reference to Douglas Adams’ famous novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” No word on whether or not Starman brought a towel.

What followed was a six-hour “drift” intended to demonstrate a particularly technical orbital maneuver for the U.S. Air Force, during which SpaceX streamed a live feed of Starman drifting through the cosmos, with Earth and the infinite beyond providing the backdrop.


After enduring the intense radiation of the Val Allen belts, Starman and his Tesla got one final nudge out towards space. This last burn was intended to put the Roadster into orbit around the Sun for a slingshot out towards Mars, but according to recent posts to Musk’s Twitter feed, it looks as though the payload will overshoot its target.

Rather than heading towards Mars as originally planned, it was initially believed that the burn would send Starman out as far as the Asteroid Belt, about 330 million miles from the Sun. However, the latest revised figures now put the orbit at roughly 160 million miles from the Sun, which is short of the asteroids, but still an overshoot on the original Mars target.

After breaking news of the overshoot on Twitter, Musk posted one final pic of Starman with Earth in the background.



Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt

“It's not immediately obvious what will happen to Starman and his Tesla, but odds are it'll be obliterated by some kind of object (such as micrometeorites) as it travels through space at 25,000 mph.”

It’s not immediately obvious what will happen to Starman and his Tesla, but odds are it’ll be obliterated by some kind of object (such as micrometeorites) as it travels through space at 25,000 mph. Cosmic radiation will also wreak havoc on the various leather and plastic bits in the car. If Starman survives the journey through space, the Sun’s gravity will eventually loop him back towards the inner planets.

So What Next?


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“With the Falcon Heavy, companies looking far beyond Earth orbit now have options on the table. The launch signifies nothing less than a new era in commercial rocketry, with payload potentials that haven't been seen since the U.S. first sent astronauts to the Moon half a century ago.”

Despite the fact the core booster was obliterated and the payload overshot its target, this test flight is still considered a monumental success. The fact that the Falcon Heavy simply got off the ground opens up new opportunities for deep -space exploration, and the fact that the side boosters landed faultlessly demonstrates that the reusable rocket concept is now a very real thing.

And that’s huge for the space industry. With the Falcon Heavy, companies looking far beyond Earth orbit now have options on the table. The launch signifies nothing less than a new era in commercial rocketry, with payload potentials that haven’t been seen since the U.S. first sent astronauts to the Moon half a century ago. Not only that, but the reusable rocket concept promises to drive down costs significantly. Think around $10 million per launch, as opposed to upwards of $1 billion per launch.

“I’m very excited about this launch because I think this is really gonna show we can do giant rockets again,” Musk said in interview with The Verge prior to the launch of Falcon Heavy. “Most space organizations, government or commercial, set their sights too low. They’ve really gotten, well, relatively small rockets, and Falcon Heavy is the first time that there’s something arguably even in the super-heavy class, or somewhere between heavy and super-heavy. And showing that you can launch a giant rocket and have it be commercially viable, carry satellites, potentially carry people.”

The next steps for SpaceX are clear – continue development of its rocket technology, while simultaneously ramping up the launch schedule. First on the to-do list: figure out what happened with the core booster’s landing burn. It’s also expected that the Falcon 9 rocket will see incremental improvements across the board.


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“The next steps for SpaceX are clear – continue development of its rocket technology, while simultaneously ramping up the launch schedule.”

Furthermore, SpaceX has a newer, even larger candle in the works. It’s called the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR for short, and it’s capable of putting a 330,000-pound payload into low-Earth orbit (the Falcon Heavy’s max payload for low-Earth orbit is set at 140,700 pounds).

SpaceX hopes the BFR will replace both the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy by 2020, with the intention being its implementation for use in missions around the Earth, around the Moon, and eventually, all the way to Mars.

However, until the BFR is operational, the Falcon Heavy and the Falcon 9 will make up the entirety of SpaceX’s future missions. The private company is aiming to launch as many as a dozen flights in 2018, including a Saudi Arabian communications satellite and a payload for the U.S. military, plus cargo deliveries to the International Space Station.

All cool stuff, no doubt about it. But even crazier are SpaceX’s intentions to charter flights around the Moon for well-paying customers by the end of the year.

That’s right folks – the age of space tourism is very nearly upon us.

So what’s the end game? That much is clear – Elon Musk hopes to one day colonize Mars. However, getting there from here isn’t exactly a straight-forward enterprise.


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“So what's the end game? That much is clear – Elon Musk hopes to one day colonize Mars.”

For starters, the launch vehicle to get us there needs a little work. Overshooting the target is fine when the payload is a mannequin in a Tesla. Once human lives come into play, those kinds of issues will obviously need to be resolved.

The BFR is the most obvious candidate for the job, but if it’s not ready, Musk has stated that a Falcon Heavy topped with a Dragon spacecraft would work just as well.

However, once we’re headed in the right direction, a new host of problems present themselves. The journey to Mars should take between six and eight months, which is a long time to be in space. Never mind the issue of food and water – the simple lack of gravity will cause muscles to atrophy and bones to deteriorate, while the extended isolation and tight quarters will wreak havoc on an astronaut’s mind. Cosmic rays will also be an issue, causing cellular mutations and raising the risk of cancer.

Actually landing on Mars is an enormous undertaking in and of itself, but assuming everything falls into place, it’s not yet clear how humans will be able to set-up a livable environment. Actually sustaining a colony on the Red Planet would require an insane amount of resources, all of which would need to be packed into the spacecraft with the actual astronauts in tow. One possibility is to send a supply ship ahead of the humans or after they arrive, but again, everything would have to go perfectly, or else it’s game over for all involved.


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“All told, there's quite a few details that need to be ironed out before humanity can walk on Mars. That said, after watching Starman cruise around the Earth, arm propped casually on the window sill, it doesn't seem impossible.”

All told, there’s quite a few details that need to be ironed out before humanity can walk on Mars. That said, after watching Starman cruise around the Earth, arm propped casually on the window sill, it doesn’t seem impossible. Humanity is now closer to inter-planetary travel than ever before.

Unfortunately, we’ve still gotta throw a bit of a wet blanket on the enthusiasm, as it bears mentioning that Musk’s various ventures, from SpaceX to Tesla, have a habit of missing their deadlines. Granted, both companies are insanely ambitious with their timetables, but anyone expecting to book a flight to Olympus Mons next week probably shouldn’t hold their breath.

More realistically, we hope the Falcon Heavy launch inspires other space companies to ramp up the R&D, a sentiment shared by Musk. When it comes to space travel, we say the more the merrier.

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PostHeaderIcon SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch A Success; Tesla Roadster And Starman Begin Their Journey

Earlier this afternoon, as a multitude of anxious space exploration fans watched with bated breath, the Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off from the NASA Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida. With all 27 individual Merlin engines lit, the trio of boosters providing more than 5 million pounds of thrust, the Falcon Heavy became the world’s most powerful rocket currently in service, officially launching us into a second Space Age.

Once the first stage was complete, the spent rockets were jettisoned and aimed back at Earth. Moments later, the two side boosters successfully touched down simultaneously on the ground in Florida. The third booster was supposed to land on a drone ship out in the Atlantic, but as it approached, the camera feed cut out due to the extreme vibrations. It’s not yet known if it landed successfully or not, but it’s believed to have crashed into the ocean.

The reusable rockets were designed to make space flight less expensive in the long run. Each Falcon Heavy launch is expected cost around $90 million, while similar flights from government organizations like NASA could cost upwards of $1 billion.

Most importantly though, the Falcon Heavy successfully delivered its payload into orbit. Strapped to the tip of the Falcon Heavy was a first-generation Tesla Roadster (painted in red, or course), complete with “Starman” strapped in at the wheel (Starman being a dummy wearing the SpaceX spacesuit). On the Roadster’s primary infotainment screen were the words “Don’t Panic!”, a reference to Douglas Adam’s classic novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

The goal is to get the Roadster and its Starman passenger into an orbit around the sun that’ll take it by Mars, with the intention being to eventually launch a manned mission to the Red Planet. This successful test launch is the first big step towards that goal. But before it slingshots through the solar system, the Roadster will need to pass through the radiation-filled Van Allen belts, after which there will be a final burn to send Starman towards our planetary neighbor.

Since the launch, social media has been filled with breathtaking imagery, including several shots taken live from the space-traveling drop-top. Make sure to check out the live feed of Starman on YouTube.


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PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk is Launching His 2008 Tesla Roadster into Space Today

What does a CEO of both an automaker and a rocketmaker do to cross-promote? Why launch a sports car into space. That’s exactly what Elon Musk is doing with his personal 2008 Tesla Roadster during today’s first flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket.

The rocket will launch from the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, February 6 with its flight computer programmed for Mars. “[It’s a] red car for a red planet,” Musk tweeted back in December. The module atop the Falcon Heavy will then enter a hyperbolic orbit between Mars and the Sun, which it could theoretically maintain for a billion years. Better yet, the car’s radio will be playing Zarathustra, the theme song from 2001: A Space Odyssey. A mannequin affectionately named “Starman” will also be behind the wheel a wearing a SpaceX spacesuit.

The Falcon Heavy rocket is a huge milestone for SpaceX. While the Tesla Roadster is more of a silly payload, this trial launch will prove SpaceX has its math right. The Falcon Heavy is currently the largest and most powerful rocket in operation and is second only to NASA’s mighty Saturn V rocket used during the Apollo series in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Falcon Heavy is said to have a payload capacity of 70 tons – roughly 2.6 times that of NASA’s shuttle orbiter.

Like SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, the Falcon Heavy’s main stage will launch its payload toward space before separating and landing itself back on earth. The second stage will continue to run as it escapes earth’s atmosphere and gravitational pull. Of course, Musk isn’t planning to send a fleet of Tesla vehicles into space, but rather has plans for manned missions to the Moon and then onto Mars.

The launch is scheduled to happen between 1:30 and 4:30 pm EST from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A, the same one used for Apollo and Shuttle launches.

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PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk is Launching His 2008 Tesla Roadster into Space Today

What does a CEO of both an automaker and a rocketmaker do to cross-promote? Why launch a sports car into space. That’s exactly what Elon Musk is doing with his personal 2008 Tesla Roadster during today’s first flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket.

The rocket will launch from the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, February 6 with its flight computer programmed for Mars. “[It’s a] red car for a red planet,” Musk tweeted back in December. The module atop the Falcon Heavy will then enter a hyperbolic orbit between Mars and the Sun, which it could theoretically maintain for a billion years. Better yet, the car’s radio will be playing Zarathustra, the theme song from 2001: A Space Odyssey. A mannequin affectionately named “Starman” will also be behind the wheel a wearing a SpaceX spacesuit.

The Falcon Heavy rocket is a huge milestone for SpaceX. While the Tesla Roadster is more of a silly payload, this trial launch will prove SpaceX has its math right. The Falcon Heavy is currently the largest and most powerful rocket in operation and is second only to NASA’s mighty Saturn V rocket used during the Apollo series in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Falcon Heavy is said to have a payload capacity of 70 tons – roughly 2.6 times that of NASA’s shuttle orbiter.

Like SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, the Falcon Heavy’s main stage will launch its payload toward space before separating and landing itself back on earth. The second stage will continue to run as it escapes earth’s atmosphere and gravitational pull. Of course, Musk isn’t planning to send a fleet of Tesla vehicles into space, but rather has plans for manned missions to the Moon and then onto Mars.

The launch is scheduled to happen between 1:30 and 4:30 pm EST from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A, the same one used for Apollo and Shuttle launches.

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PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk Demonstrates Falcon Heavy Launch With Tesla Roadster And Starman Payload

We here at TopSpeed are getting stoked for the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket tomorrow, and this latest animation is just fanning the flames. The Falcon Heavy is scheduled to blast off at 1:30 EST from the NASA Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida. Powered by 27 individual Merlin first-stage rockets doling out a combined 5 million pounds of thrust, the Falcon Heavy will be carrying a payload consisting of a first-gen Tesla Roadster, plus “Starman,” a dummy wearing the SpaceX spacesuit, in the driver’s seat.

At about 3-and-a-half minutes in length, the video is an animation that walks us through each stage of the mission, from initial takeoff, to the booster recovery, to the final sendoff for the payload, all of which is set to the audio backdrop of David Bowie’s “Life On Mars?”. All very fitting, considering the endgame is a manned mission to the Red Planet some time in the future. The Roadster will be set on a heliocentric orbit that’ll take it between the Earth and Mars, possibly laying the groundwork for a future Martian colony supply line. While typically these sorts of test missions involve simple weights, the addition of a red sports drop-top manned by a dummy adds a certain artistic quality to it, don’t you think?


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PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk Demonstrates Falcon Heavy Launch With Tesla Roadster And Starman Payload

We here at TopSpeed are getting stoked for the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket tomorrow, and this latest animation is just fanning the flames. The Falcon Heavy is scheduled to blast off at 1:30 EST from the NASA Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida. Powered by 27 individual Merlin first-stage rockets doling out a combined 5 million pounds of thrust, the Falcon Heavy will be carrying a payload consisting of a first-gen Tesla Roadster, plus “Starman,” a dummy wearing the SpaceX spacesuit, in the driver’s seat.

At about 3-and-a-half minutes in length, the video is an animation that walks us through each stage of the mission, from initial takeoff, to the booster recovery, to the final sendoff for the payload, all of which is set to the audio backdrop of David Bowie’s “Life On Mars?”. All very fitting, considering the endgame is a manned mission to the Red Planet some time in the future. The Roadster will be set on a heliocentric orbit that’ll take it between the Earth and Mars, possibly laying the groundwork for a future Martian colony supply line. While typically these sorts of test missions involve simple weights, the addition of a red sports drop-top manned by a dummy adds a certain artistic quality to it, don’t you think?


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PostHeaderIcon SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Tomorrow With Starman At The Helm Of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster

The final countdown is now imminent. Following a successful static test, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is now cleared for the real thing, with liftoff scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. The payload will include a deep-red first-gen Tesla Roadster with “Starman” strapped into the driver’s seat.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

Starman in Red Roadster
https://www.instagram.com/p/BezcvpzAgYI/

Posted by Elon Musk on Monday, February 5, 2018

“The hope is that one day the Falcon Heavy will carry live human astronauts to Mars. But before we get there, the rocket will need to pass this next test mission with flying colors.”

After a bit of a delay courtesy of last month’s brief government shutdown, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is back and ready to roll. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk promoted the launch through his various social media channels, posting pics and stoking the flames of space exploration enthusiasm. The mission will blast off tomorrow at 1:30 PM EST.

Output from the massive rocket is rated at over 5 million pounds of thrust, which is roughly equivalent to eighteen 747 aircraft at full bore. Thanks to its 27 Merlin first-stage rockets (which basically makes it three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together), the Falcon Heavy can put a 140,660-pound payload into low-Earth orbit, and is considered the most powerful rocket currently in service by a factor of two.

The hope is that one day the Falcon Heavy will carry live human astronauts to Mars.


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“Onboard will be a payload consisting of one first-gen Tesla Roadster, plus a new addition as revealed in recent tweets from Musk – a dummy going by the name of “Starman” strapped in at the controls of the drop-top.”

But before we get there, the rocket will need to pass this next test mission with flying colors. Onboard will be a payload consisting of one first-gen Tesla Roadster, plus a new addition as revealed in recent tweets from Musk –
a dummy going by the name of “Starman” strapped in at the controls of the drop-top. Named after the classic David Bowie song from the earl ’70s, Starman’s purpose in the mission isn’t entirely clear, but it appears as though he’s decked-out in SpaceX’s space suit, which could suggest some pressure testing in the vacuum of the great beyond.

The Falcon Heavy will launch tomorrow from the NASA Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida, taking off from pad 39A, the same slab that launched the Apollo moon missions. The finalization of the launch date should come as a relief to the upstart space company after it experienced multiple delays, with the original launch date scheduled between 2013 and 2014. But hey, better late than never, right?


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“The plan is to put the Roadster into a heliocentric orbit, which means it'll continuously circle the sun, with close approaches to both the Earth and Mars along the way.”

The plan is to put the Roadster into a heliocentric orbit, which means it’ll continuously circle the sun, with close approaches to both the Earth and Mars along the way. According to Popular Mechanics, this orbit would allow for an easy transition between the Earth and the Red Planet, and could provide a good framework for a Martian colony supply line sometime in the future. For now though, the Roadster will be careening around the solar system for about “a billion” years, give or take, with Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on repeat throughout the journey in continuation of the theme.

After sending the payload on its way, all three boosters will hopefully land safely back on earth, with two touching down on land and the third landing on SpaceX’s drone ship at sea. SpaceX hopes to make space travel more affordable by developing reusable rockets.

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PostHeaderIcon SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Tomorrow With Starman At The Helm Of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster

The final countdown is now imminent. Following a successful static test, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is now cleared for the real thing, with liftoff scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. The payload will include a deep-red first-gen Tesla Roadster with “Starman” strapped into the driver’s seat.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

Starman in Red Roadster
https://www.instagram.com/p/BezcvpzAgYI/

Posted by Elon Musk on Monday, February 5, 2018

“The hope is that one day the Falcon Heavy will carry live human astronauts to Mars. But before we get there, the rocket will need to pass this next test mission with flying colors.”

After a bit of a delay courtesy of last month’s brief government shutdown, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is back and ready to roll. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk promoted the launch through his various social media channels, posting pics and stoking the flames of space exploration enthusiasm. The mission will blast off tomorrow at 1:30 PM EST.

Output from the massive rocket is rated at over 5 million pounds of thrust, which is roughly equivalent to eighteen 747 aircraft at full bore. Thanks to its 27 Merlin first-stage rockets (which basically makes it three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together), the Falcon Heavy can put a 140,660-pound payload into low-Earth orbit, and is considered the most powerful rocket currently in service by a factor of two.

The hope is that one day the Falcon Heavy will carry live human astronauts to Mars.


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“Onboard will be a payload consisting of one first-gen Tesla Roadster, plus a new addition as revealed in recent tweets from Musk – a dummy going by the name of “Starman” strapped in at the controls of the drop-top.”

But before we get there, the rocket will need to pass this next test mission with flying colors. Onboard will be a payload consisting of one first-gen Tesla Roadster, plus a new addition as revealed in recent tweets from Musk –
a dummy going by the name of “Starman” strapped in at the controls of the drop-top. Named after the classic David Bowie song from the earl ’70s, Starman’s purpose in the mission isn’t entirely clear, but it appears as though he’s decked-out in SpaceX’s space suit, which could suggest some pressure testing in the vacuum of the great beyond.

The Falcon Heavy will launch tomorrow from the NASA Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida, taking off from pad 39A, the same slab that launched the Apollo moon missions. The finalization of the launch date should come as a relief to the upstart space company after it experienced multiple delays, with the original launch date scheduled between 2013 and 2014. But hey, better late than never, right?


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“The plan is to put the Roadster into a heliocentric orbit, which means it'll continuously circle the sun, with close approaches to both the Earth and Mars along the way.”

The plan is to put the Roadster into a heliocentric orbit, which means it’ll continuously circle the sun, with close approaches to both the Earth and Mars along the way. According to Popular Mechanics, this orbit would allow for an easy transition between the Earth and the Red Planet, and could provide a good framework for a Martian colony supply line sometime in the future. For now though, the Roadster will be careening around the solar system for about “a billion” years, give or take, with Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on repeat throughout the journey in continuation of the theme.

After sending the payload on its way, all three boosters will hopefully land safely back on earth, with two touching down on land and the third landing on SpaceX’s drone ship at sea. SpaceX hopes to make space travel more affordable by developing reusable rockets.

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PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster Heads to Space Aboard Falcon Heavy on February 6th

Mark your calendars, people. February 6 is going to be a historic day for Elon Musk and SpaceX. After months of hype and speculation, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket space ship will finally make its maiden voyage to space. The launch is historic for so many reasons. It once again puts Musk in the spotlight as the real-life equivalent of Tony Stark, a man whose ego is as big as his goals in life. It so happens that one of Musk’s goals is to build the biggest operational rocket in human history at a third of the cost of more contemporary spaceships. As long as Falcon Heavy’s launch happens without a glitch, Musk will once again be on top of the world, bested only by his Cherry Red Tesla Roadster that’s joining Falcon Heavy in its launch to space.


No matter how you look at it, Falcon Heavy’s launch is a big deal for a lot of people. It has huge implications for Musk, his SpaceX company, and the entire U.S. aerospace industry. If Falcon Heavy’s launch is successful, it would not only be a celebration of human ingenuity, but it would also set an example that a vision as grandiose as this could be successful if the right people are behind it and it’s funded properly by private money.

On the other hand, a successful launch could also raise questions about why the federal government should spend billions of tax money to traditional contractors and NASA’s own Space Launch System. That partly explains why the office of Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly keen to find out how the launch goes. That much was divulged by Pence’s own chief of staff, Nick Ayers, who tweeted that the Falcon Heavy launch could have “major (positive) ramifications for US space industry if this goes according to plan.” The Veep has a vested interest in the launch because he now heads the National Space Council, and part of his responsibly is to oversee America’s space policy and commercial space efforts.


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“SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy will launch on February 6 at 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST.”

A successful launch could change the trajectory and focus of the country’s space policy. That kind of effect will have long-term ramifications on a high-spending sector and agency that have largely relied on public money to get their projects — literally — off the ground. If all goes well, Musk may very well be on the cusp of changing the narrative on the U.S. space industry and the future policies that will define how it moves forward.

Once again, mark those calendars. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy will launch on February 6 at 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST. If for any reason that gets delayed, the backup date will be the next day, February 7. Godspeed, Falcon Heavy (and Tesla Roadster). Here’s to hoping the launch is a success!

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PostHeaderIcon SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket to Launch for the First Time in December; Could Carry Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster Into Space

7,376 pound-feet of torque

Back in July, we announced the new that Elon Musk might shoot off SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket for the first time before the turn of the year. Come December 1st and Musk has tweeted that the rocket will, indeed, launch soon, but it won’t be until next month, or as of the date of that post, sometime in January of 2018. That goes beyond the “this year” timeframe but is quite exciting considering the number of times that Falcon Heavy has been delayed in the past. According to Musk, it will have double the thrust of the next largest rocket and the launch is “guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another.” Not long after that, Musk tweeted what seems to be a joke, saying “Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination is Mars Orbit. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.”

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“If the Roadster payload does happen, and it does make it to Mars, let’s hope that he also follows up with a Tesla charger”

Truth be told, you can’t really discredit Musk’s apparent joke about sending his Roadster into space. After all, the man did place a secret wheel of cheese on top of Dragon’s first flight, and he has said that he intends to stick “the silliest thing we can imagine” on top of Falcon Heavy for its first voyage. Well, a Tesla Roadster, one in midnight cherry, would be pretty damn silly. And he, in fact, loves the idea, responding to another tweet saying, “I love the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future.” And, for what it’s worth, other outlets have claimed that SpaceX has confirmed that the “roadster payload is real.”

If the roadster payload does happen, and it does make it to Mars, let’s hope that he also follows up with a Tesla charger so that the crew that does go to Mars might have something else to get around in. Or perhaps he can send some solar panels too, so it can charge that way. All of this, assuming that the Roadster could even make it to Mars’ surface. Something tells me that Musk would rather have one of his creations floating endlessly into the great unknown. Let’s just pray that, if it does really happen, that some aggressive alien species doesn’t find it and come rape us of our resources – lord knows we’ve been warned about that by Hollywood more than a few times.

Static Test of Falcon Heavy – May 2017

Falcon Heavy Flight Animated Rendering

SpaceX Vision for a Mission to Mars

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PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk Claims The Tesla Roadster Can Go From 0 to 60 Mph in 1.9 Seconds?

2020 Tesla Roadster

Elon Musk is no stranger to making bombastic claims. This is the same man who once said that autonomous driving technology was at our fingertips. He’s also the same man who said that civilian space travel is possible and traveling at supersonic speeds inside a pressure-sealed tube is the future of public transportation. Don’t look now, but Musk is at it again with a new proclamation that has everyone in the auto industry buzzing. According to him, the new Tesla Roadster, which is scheduled to debut in 2020, is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, becoming the first production car in history to reach that mark in less than two seconds.

I’ll be the first to say that I don’t know enough about physics to properly answer that question. It’s only right then that I direct the question to Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained, a man who is far more qualified to talk about Musk’s latest claims about the Roadster’s acceleration speed.

Fenske didn’t exactly have the answer either, but that was more because of the lack of information from Tesla’s side. What he did explain was that it’s possible for the Roadster to do a 1.9-second, 0-to-60-mph, provided that it’s done under the right confluence of technology, all working together in perfect harmony. Fenske alludes to a number of important elements the Roadster needs to have to be able to live up to Musk’s claims, including the electric motor, the traction system, and most importantly, the tires.


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“Fenske alludes to a number of important elements the Roadster needs to have to be able to live up to Musk’s claims, including the electric motor, the traction system, and most importantly, the tires”

Basically, the Roadster should have the latest versions of each of these elements if it’s going to break the two-second acceleration barrier. The electric motor, for example, will play an important role in ensuring that the car’s traction control system can get the tires closer to the threshold of their grip. Fenske explains that hydraulic ABS pumps aren’t capable of applying the exact amount pressure to help the tires reach the threshold of their grip. In theory, a traction control system that works in harmony with the tires is capable of doing that because it can adjust faster to the grip requirements of the tires that will allow them to burst off the line without losing energy in the process.

As an example, Fenske alluded to the Nitto drag radials that the tire maker co-developed with Dodge for the Challenger SRT Demon. Dodge says that the Demon can sprint from 0 to 30 mph in just one second so if those tires can keep up that kind of acceleration consistently over a longer period, a two-second, 0-to-60-mph is possible.

For good reason, even Fenske doesn’t have the answer to the question because Tesla itself hasn’t said anything about the Roadster apart from Musk’s claims. Until the Roadster is independently tested, all of Musk’s boasts about the Roadster’s ability to sprint from 0 to 60 mph are useless. Hopefully, the electric car maker can provide us with the answers sooner than later.

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PostHeaderIcon The Tesla Roadster Looks like a Blurry Version of the Honda NSX

When the new Aston Martin Vantage came out, I criticized the brand for producing a car that looked like a serious rip off of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Now, as I was looking over the news from the past week, I see that there’s another look-alike out there, and this time, it looks like Tesla decided to copy the Honda NSX and slap a Tesla Roadster badge on it. Now, it isn’t a blatant and condemning rip-off, and maybe not even as bad as the Vantage vs. MX-5 copying scheme, but it’s pretty bad. I would say the Roadster looks like a blurry version of the NSX – almost like cars in 128-bit video games used to look compared to their real-life counterparts. Don’t believe me? Check out the quick comparison below.

Tesla Roadster vs Acura NSX

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“Even the lines below the headlights appear remarkably similar to the outer and lower edge of the corner vents”

As much as I hate to say it, as I usually give Tesla the benefit of the doubt, it really does look like the brand took the blueprints for the NSX, dulled them down a bit, and made some minor alterations. Now, it doesn’t have the fancy radiator grille (not like it needs it, anyway) but it has the same general body line. Even the lines below the headlights appear remarkably similar to the outer and lower edge of the corner vents. And, take a look at the hood (or where the hood would be on the Roadster) the swooping lines aren’t quite as muscular but there are there and even at the same pitch. The wheel arches at the front fenders – near identical for three-quarters of their length, at which points Tesla’s bodyline continues toward the headlights. Speak of which, the headlights are different shapes, but the recess for the roadsters headlight is the same shape as the NSX’s headlights. It’s so similar; it almost looks as if the NSX’s headlights would fit right in there if they didn’t come to such flat point at the inner edge.

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“The rear quarts are nearly identical save for the air intake that the NSX requires for the engine to breath”

Moving to the side, look at the opening behind the rear quarter glass – it’s painfully obvious that it’s identical. What about the shape, pitch, and curve of the A-Pillar? Yup, it’s the same too. The rear quarts are nearly identical save for the air intake that the NSX requires for the engine to breath. The lower body line on the side is nearly the same, with the only difference being the variance in grade of about one percent. Even the wheels look almost Identical as do the little vents in the fender between the door and the front wheel well. Even in the rear. Take a look at the rear spoilers. The Roadster’s is a little flatter, but it’s nearly the same. The taillights are almost identical too, but because of their design, they are a little blurrier at a distance. The Roadster may not have the rear vents in the corners, but if you look at the diffuser-like element, it’s quite similar to the NSX’s opening in the rear fascia. Even the rear glass features the same general grade from top to rear.

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“Even the rear glass features the same general grade from top to rear.”

As I said, I normally give Musk and Tesla the benefit of the doubt, but there sure are a lot of similarities here, and I’m not the only one that is noticing them. What do you think? Did Tesla, which is burning through money like it’s going out of style, (link recent article) borrow its design from Honda to save a little cheddar on R&D or is it just a wild coincidence paired with my paranoia and annoyance that almost every car out there looks like a copy of one another, effectively killing the uniqueness that once made the automotive world so great? Let me know in the comments section below.

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I don’t know about you, but I had way too much Tesla Roadster in my feed this week. If I read one more of those “oh my god, 1.9 seconds to 60 mph” I will probably puke. Heck, I actually feel like puking right now, but I popped in to say “I told you so!” In my previous rant, I slammed the second-generation Roadster and its incredible performance features for being Elon Musk’s desperate attempt to bring in some cash without actually giving something in return. Although the Roadster won’t be available until 2020, Tesla is asking $50,000 for preorders of the regular model and a full $250,000 down payment for the Founders Series. With the latter limited to 1,000 units, we’re talking at least $250 million from preorders for a car that’s three years away. And I’m not even including the Semi truck.

Tesla is in big trouble financially, and making matters worse is the fact that it can’t deliver new products. The Model 3 is behind schedule a few months, with orders for non-Tesla employees opened this month. But customers who have already ordered one won’t get it anytime soon, with full production to commence in March. If we are to believe Tesla of course because more delays are very likely. And the company is losing money big time. What’s more, according to Bloomberg, Tesla spent no less than $4.2 billion over the past 12 months. That’s $8,000 a minute or nearly half a million bucks an hour!

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The Massive Hemorrhage Behind the Hype


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“Tesla may be all bells and whistles when it comes to performance figures, but a carmaker cannot survive on numbers”

Tesla may be all bells and whistles when it comes to performance figures, but a carmaker cannot survive on numbers. Likewise, it can’t survive on unveilings and rolling prototypes or concept cars. Tesla needs to roll out cars and needs to do it fast. And things are going as planned. While some customers complain about quality issues with the Model S and Model X, the Model 3, the company’s much-promised affordable EV, won’t be available until next year, despite initial plans to offer it in 2017.

And this is why Tesla is basically trying to survive with the hype that surrounds it and by previewing impressive, high-priced vehicles with expensive preorder tags. Elon Musk is effectively trying to keep the company afloat until the Model 3 arrives in dealerships and starts bringing in the much-needed cash. Sure, this strategy is far from unusual. It’s what most automakers do, and it’s precisely how many carmakers survive. But while giants like GM and Chrysler have managed to survive a bankruptcy, Tesla may not.


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“Tesla's current cash reserves won't last beyond August 2018”

Another problem is that at the current spendings rate, Tesla’s current cash reserves won’t last beyond August 2018. Of course, the Model 3 might bring in more cash until then, as will preorders for the Roadster II and Semi truck, but if something goes wrong and the Model 3 is again delayed, Tesla may run into a lot of trouble financially. But assuming that things will go as planned over the next few months and the Model 3 rolls out on time and saves the company, Tesla may have similar issues when the Roadster and the Semi need to go into production. The company is obviously trying to do more than it can at this point, and this strategy could prove disastrous at some point.

Unless things pick up fast, Tesla may have the same fate as Fisker Automotive. And it would be tragic for the auto industry to lose a carmaker that has made tremendous progress in the EV field. But Musk needs to realize that hype and impressive performance figures won’t pay the bills.

References

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