you may have heard at the Tesla semi-truck event that Elon Musk pulled one more thing. In to the astonishment of everyone in attendance and millions of live-streaming, Elon Musk unveiled the new Tesla Roadster. new Tesla Roadster will be the fastest car according to the specs. Elon Musk said that the point of doing this is to just give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars. first, let’s give a little tribute to the original Tesla Roadster and see if the new one can really take Tesla from ridiculous past ludicrous and into plaid. This hardcore Smackdown isn’t just a victory lap around the halo cars of today but a pivotal moment that could change the future of the supercar.
Things That You Might Not Know About The Original Tesla Roadster
Tesla or Lotus
The original roaster was not totally made by Tesla, it was as much Lotus as it was Tesla that’s because Tesla contracted 2500 fully assembled gliders from the Lotus plant in Hethel, UK. They used to deliver parts directly to the Tesla plant in Menlo Park, California. They used to install their electric motor, transmission, batteries and controllers and thus a Tesla Roadster was born.
Changes in Original Roadster
The original Tesla Roadster actually went through a few mid-cycle refreshes in its production run from 2008 to 2012. notable improvements include removing the problematic 2-speed transmission in the first version in favour of the BorgWarner single speed transmission and offering a more powerful motor in the 2.5 sports edition.
Unlike early electric cars like the GM EV1 which used older battery technology that provided less than 100 miles on a charge, the original Tesla Roadster delivered an amazing range of 240 miles using high-capacity lithium-ion batteries like the ones in your paper-thin smartphone.
It was started by Martin Eberhard and Mark Terpening
Tesla was actually not started by Elon Musk, it was Martin Eberhard and Mark Terpening who incorporated Tesla in 2003. They finance the company until they were ready for Series A funding and the Elon Musk who had just made 165 million dollars from his partial ownership stake in PayPal when it was acquired by eBay in 2002. Money can turn man visionary or the other way around you decide.
Speaking of awards, on October 27th 2009, the Tesla Roadster set the world record for longest distance driven on a single charge for any mass produces EV. it would also become the first EV to win the Monte Carlo alternative energy.
Tesla even currently offers an upgrade dubbed the Roadster 3.0 which has a new battery pack which increase capacity significantly giving first-generation roadsters a new lease on life-extending the range from 240 miles to 400.
Most Efficient EV that Tesla has ever produced
the original Tesla Roadster is actually the most efficient EV that Tesla has ever produced. It can go 4.7 miles per kilowatt hour to put that in perspective the Tesla Model 3 can go 4.4 miles per kilowatt hour and the new Tesla Roadster can only go 3.1 miles per kilowatt hour which brings us to the specs of the new Tesla Roadster. the 0 to 60 time has been cut almost in half from 3.7 seconds down to a mind-blowing 1.9 seconds. top speed is double to 250 miles per hour.
3 Tesla Roadster in 2 Months
During the first two months of production in March 2008, Tesla produced a whopping 3 Tesla Roadsters three even Preston Tucker of the 1940s was able to best that many times over.
Global Green Product Design Award
The former Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev presented Elon Musk with the global green 2006 product design award for the Roadster.
The Roadster is the fastest production car on earth so what do you think of the new Tesla Roadster announcement? Do you think that Tesla can deliver and are these crazy numbers? Let us know in the comment section Below.
I wouldn’t say that the 18650 battery are the one you find in a paper thin smartphone :p