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    Tesla Surprises With Announcement of Returned Roadster

    Source: AutoVerdict
    November 17, 2017
    by Nick Saporito


    During yesterday's announcement of the Tesla Semi, company founder and CEO pulled out a surprise announcement. As sort of a bookend to yesterday's event, Elon Musk announced that the Tesla Roadster is returning. This time the Tesla Roadster will offer 7,375 pound-feet of torque and do 250 mph (yes, you read that right).*

    The new Roadster has matured quite significantly from the first version, a correlation with the company itself. This version actually looks like a fully-designed car, versus the first one that was sort of a hacked together Lotus. And it is quite beautiful.*

    There are some changes in setup from the first Roadster, as well. This one is more of a targa style with a removable roof panel. Additionally, Tesla says this one offers 2+2 seating, meaning two humans can (in theory) squeeze in the back.*

    Tesla says the new Roadster will be powered by a 200-kWh battery pack, which is enough juice to feed three electric motors; one on the front axle and two on the rear, meaning the Roadster is effectively all-wheel-drive. The total power system is supposedly good for 620 miles of range and a staggering zero to 60 mph time of just under 2.0 seconds.*

    Naturally, this new Tesla Roadster isn't going to come cheap. Tesla is saying it will cost $200,000, while the first 1,000 units will actually be $250,000 as part of a "Founder's Series" edition. If you're interested in one, you can put down a $50,000 deposit today for it.*

    Tesla is quoting 2020 as the timeframe for putting the Roadster into production. Given Tesla's history with production targets, we should probably take that bit of news with a grain of salt.*





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    I have heard a lot of people dispute the 0-60 time saying there isn't enough down force in the design to handle that. I guess we will have to wait and see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_L View Post
    I have heard a lot of people dispute the 0-60 time saying there isn't enough down force in the design to handle that. I guess we will have to wait and see.
    Downforce isn't really a factor in the zero to sixty run. Torque to the wheels, weight and mechanical grip are the big factors.

    It's a sign that Tesla is anticipating steady improvements in battery density (lighter, more power) and street tires (grip) between now and 2020.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone View Post
    Downforce isn't really a factor in the zero to sixty run. Torque to the wheels, weight and mechanical grip are the big factors.

    It's a sign that Tesla is anticipating steady improvements in battery density (lighter, more power) and street tires (grip) between now and 2020.
    About that target date...

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