Simulation Shows Tesla Roadster Accelerating With SpaceX Thrusters
A new simulation by CGI artist Slave Popovsky shows what a Tesla Roadster accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in a blistering 1.1 seconds could look like — thanks to the addition of SpaceX thrusters, which Elon Musk has teased previously.
This is how fast 1.1 seconds 0 – 60mph take off should look like with Space X package thrusters on the Tesla Roadster. Computer worked out physics and then visualised in a render animation. Not sure how much gas but threw the effect in anyway. Enjoy @elonmusk#tesla#spacexpic.twitter.com/VzMukQPT2E
Tesla says its Roadster can accelerate to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, reach a top speed of 250 mph, and have a massive 620 mile range.
Shaving that down to 1.1 seconds, however, would make it far and away the fastest accelerating consumer car on the planet. The fastest production cars have only been inching closer to the two second mark in zero-to-60 mph acceleration over the past few years.
In a June 2019 interview with the Ride the Lightning podcast, Musk elaborated on the “SpaceX package,” claiming that it could give the Roadster a staggering three Gs of thrust.
“If you have three Gs of thrust, you can go in any direction,” he said on the podcast at the time, as quoted by Electrek. “You can go up and accelerate with still more than 2 Gs.”
Back in May, Musk told retired TV presenter and car enthusiast Jay Leno that the “SpaceX package” will be “like full-on James Bond,” where the “main thruster will be like behind the license plate so for acceleration, it drops the license plate and behind the license plate is a rocket thruster.”