The Peterson Auto Museum teased the Tesla Roadster SpaceX Package and its rather ridiculous 0-60 time. The car which has cold air thrusters from SpaceX attached to it does 0-60 mph in 1.1 seconds. This is a marked improvement over the stock Roadster’s “okay” 0-60 time of 1.9 seconds. While the Roadster already is one of the fastest accelerating cars in the world, this new version will push it to the top.
Tesla Revealed Roadster SpaceX Package With Shocking 0-60 MPH Time Claim
Tesla’s pursuit of the fastest acceleration time in the world
All EVs have instant 100% torque which launches them to illegal speeds very quickly. However, Tesla has been at the forefront of pushing the limits of straight-line performance. The slowest accelerating car in Tesla’s portfolio goes from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. It is the midrange Model Y crossover. When compared to the rumored 1.99 seconds 0-60 time of the updated Model S, 3.5 seconds almost feels slow. The excellent work that Tesla has done with battery technology has enabled it to reach such heights.
The Roadster is supposed to be the feather in Tesla’s cap. The base version of the Roadster hits 60 mph in 1.9 seconds. However, the new SpaceX package propels the sportscar to 60 mph in a meager 1.1 seconds. It is fair to say that no ICE car can hope to match this time. The best hypercars in the world struggle to break the 2-second barrier when it comes to hitting 60 mph from rest. Tesla, with this version, is closer to a half-second 0-60 time than most hypercars are to the Roadster SpaceX Package. This makes this feat even more ludicrous. This might be the perfect time for Tesla to use that word to describe a car.
The Roadster SpaceX Package
The Tesla Roadster will be the Californian carmaker’s first crack at a mass-produced sportscar. The headline feature on this car was supposed to be the sublime 0-60 time of 1.9 seconds. However, this new SpaceX Package is moving the goalposts further ahead. With the aid of cold thrusters from sister company SpaceX, the Roadster will be able to crack the 0-60 run in 1.1 seconds.
This stunning figure is achieved by using cold thrusters. A cold thruster is essentially a rocket engine that uses the expansion of gas to generate energy. This is the Wikipedia definition. What it means is that the thruster pushes gas through a nozzle which generates energy that can propel a rocket. This thruster uses an inert gas like helium or neon to generate this energy. Because it uses a gas that is not reactive in nature, a cold air thruster doesn’t require heat management. This makes it much safer than a conventional rocket engine. Although the energy generated by such a thruster is less than a conventional rocket, it can have a wider range of usage.
The working of a cold gas thruster
When such a thruster is attached to the back of a car, one should expect insane results. And the results are insane. The Roadster should, in theory, generate a force of 2.5 Gs. This is close to the 3 Gs of force that rockets generate at launch. Such insane performance figures are just yet another reason to be in awe of what Tesla is achieving. The work that they are putting into battery usage is more than commendable. Such ideas are the ones that can change the future of automobiles altogether. Musk and Tesla get even closer to achieving that change with the Roadster SpaceX Package.