This Isn’t a Car Blog…

This isn’t a car blog but sometimes I just can’t help myself.

Tesla held its press event to introduce the new Tesla Semi, which is incredible. When Elon Musk presents he makes it sound like the future. After the announcement though, after everything seemed to be done, Elon surprised announced the new Tesla Roadster and it is incredible.

First, to provide perspective for those non-car folk:

McLaren 720s
Top Speed: 212 mph
0-60 time: 2.7s
0-100 time: 5.1s
¼ mile time: 9.9s
Horse Power: 720 HP
Torque: 568 lb-ft
Cost: $285,000
Weight: 3,128 lbs

Bugatti Veyron
Top Speed: 270 mph
0-60 time: 2.4s
0-100 time: 4.9s
¼ mile time: 9.9s
Horse Power: 1,183HP
Torque: 1,106 lb-ft
Cost: $1,700,000
Weight: 4,162 lbs

Porsche 918 Spyder
Top Speed: 214 mph
0-60 time: 2.2s
0-100 time: 4.9s
¼ mile time: 9.8s
Horse Power: 875 HP
Torque: 944 lb-ft
Cost: $845,000
Weight: 3,616 lbs

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
Top Speed: 200 mph
0-60 time: 2.3s
0-100 time: 5.1s
¼ mile time: 9.6s
Horse Power: 840 HP
Torque: 770 lb-ft
Cost: $86,090
Weight: 4,215 lbs

Those are some fast cars. When it comes to getting to 60 mph as fast as possible using street legal tires you start running into the limitations of friction. You have to find the right balance of normal force to the ground for friction to push vs the friction keeping you in place. The perfect body shape to create downforce and the perfectly tuned suspension are critical to getting power from the engine (or motor for electric) to the road where it matters. Here is a good video from Engineering Explained on YouTube talking about maximum theoretical 0-60 times.

The new Tesla Roadster announced will be able to hit 60 miles per hour in 1.9s making it the fastest street legal production vehicle ever made. Here’s the rundown for comparison:

Tesla Roadster
Top Speed: 250+ mph
0-60 time: 1.9s
0-100 time: 4.1s
¼ mile time: 8.8s
Horse Power: Not Given
Torque: 7,375 lb-ft (wheel torque…Motor torque not provided)
Cost: $250,000
Weight: Not given

These performance numbers are unbelievable. The Roadster will have a 200 kWh battery which will afford it a staggering range of 620 miles. Tesla started with the first Roadster which showed what electric cars could be, and now the Roadster once again is showing of what electric cars are truly capable.

We won’t know more until actual release, but for now, we know the new Roadster will be available in 2020 and will be $250,000 and if you want one you’ll need to put down $50,000 for one of the 1,000 limited Founders Series models.


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