No joke: Elon Musk explains Tesla Roadster rocket thrusters

No joke: Elon Musk explains Tesla Roadster rocket thrusters

Autopilot's name may sound like it can drive a Tesla electric vehicle for you, but it's still a semi-autonomous feature that can auto-steer, keep you in your lane, brake, and accelerate the vehicle forward as long as the driver is still paying full attention with hands on the wheel.

This version, unsurprisingly dubbed the SpaceX option package, will be, according to Musk, the finest vehicle in history, never to be replicated.

Tesla says the Raodster will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, have a top speed above 250 mph and an all-electric range of 620 miles or more. However, as Hanley notes, these capabilities have yet to be demonstrated.

He ended by saying "New Tesla Roadster will exceed all gas sports cars in every way".

Tesla produced the first version of the Roadster from 2008 to 2012.

"The air exiting the thrusters would immediately be replenished whenever vehicle pack power draw allowed operation of the air pump, which is most of the time", Musk wrote on Twitter. This is bound to keep fans guessing as they wait for the delivery of their pre-ordered Model 3, which has still not reached production levels of the promised 5,000 a week.

The comment adds more detail to a few tweets Musk wrote in November past year, one saying, "There will be a special option package that takes it to the next level".

Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims a new Tesla software update is coming in August that will bring more autonomy to Autopilot. To date, Autopilot resources have rightly focused entirely on safety. "With V9, we will begin to enable full self-driving features", Musk tweeted.

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