Elon Musk says Tesla made a new Roadster to be a ‘hardcore smackdown to gas-powered cars’ (TSLA)

New Tesla Roadster

  • Elon Musk called the new Roadster a “hardcore smackdown to gas-powered cars.”
  • Tesla finally has a proper supercar.
  • Serious fans of the company have been begging for a new Roadster for years.

HAWTHORNE, California — It takes a lot to upstage not one, but two, all-electric semi-trucks. But on Thursday night, Tesla did just that, fulfilling the dreams of every red-blooded fan of the company.

Through the pulsing strains of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” the long-awaited new Roadster was unveiled. Or, rather rolled out of the back of a matte-black semi-trailer, then piloted into a pair of 0-60 mph speed runs by Tesla design chief Franz von Holzhausen. 

CEO Elon Musk then detailed the sleek, red four-seater’s mad stats, including the sprint to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and a top-speed north of 250 mph, while the crowd went berserk.

Musk called it a “hardcore smackdown to gas-powered cars.” He said it would make petrol-burners look like “steam engines with a side of quiche.”

Tesla New Roadster

That it is. The Model S P100D in Ludicrous Mode can already outrun the world’s fastest supercars. The new Roadster will leave them in its warp-speed wake, instantly becoming the fastest car on the planet.

The original Roadster was Tesla’s first car, and it redefined what electric cars could be: no dowdy, glorified golf carts — sexy, high-speed dream machines. 

The original Roadster is out of production, but serious Tesla lovers have been clamoring for a new one. Tesla has teased, now the teasing has ended. The new car arrives in 2020.

I speculated that Tesla might roll something special out of the back of one of its semi-trailers on Thursday — but I was half-kidding. To get a new Roadster was mind-blowing, especially given that the original Roadster was my introduction to the company and its mission, and it’s still my favorite Tesla.

The Tesla Semi event already went to 11 on the hype meter. I’m not even sure I can estimate the volume that a new Roadster brought to the party. It was louder than loud. And shot across the bow of every supercar and hypercar brand in the world.

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    The Tesla Semi was designed to be a long-range spaceship for the road (TSLA)

    tesla semi

    • The Tesla Semi was literally designed to provide a spaceship-like experience for the driver.
    • Tesla designed the truck using many off-the-shelf parts from the Model 3.
    • Tesla allowed journalists to compare the Semi with conventional diesel big-rigs.

    HAWTHORNE, California — Prior to revealing it’s all-electric big-rig, Tesla showed journalists around the massive vehicle. The company even thoughtfully provided a couple of traditional Class-8 diesel trucks for comparison.

    The difference is striking. Because Tesla’s designers were able to start from a clean sheet and avoid dealing with the huge amount of space that must be allotted for a diesel engine in a big-rig, the Semi’s cabin is more like a space capsule than something B.J. and the Bear would recognize.

    “Unlike other trucks, the Semi’s cabin is designed specifically around the driver, featuring unobstructed stairs for easier entry and exit, full standing room inside, and a centered driver position for optimal visibility,” Tesla said in a statement.

    The cab feels radically different — like the bridge of a starship — but what went into it was familiar.

    As Tesla explained, much of the Semi was built from off-the-shelf parts from the Model 3. Development began in 2016, starting from the premise that the company could reinvent the whole idea of a big rig. Four Model 3 drive units would supply the propulsion, with one for each of the rear wheels (two per axle).

    The floor of the cab houses the battery pack, while up top, the driver sits in the middle, between a pair of Model 3-sourced touchscreens. The storage areas are vast, and to the right of the driver is a jumpseat for an extra passenger, as well as console containing cupholders and USB ports. Gear can be stowed in pull-down airliner-style overhead bins. There’s also a “frunk” — a front trunk — that’s big enough to hold a couple of suitcases.

    Unlike some long-haul big-rigs, Tesla’s Semi doesn’t yet have a sleeper cab, but the company said that feature could be added, depending on demand. The battery packs are modular, with the expectation that more or less could be used, based on desired range.

    We saw a pair of prototype Semis, one in a  shimmery silver, the other in matte black. Each truck has a different aerodynamic element above the cab, for different types of trailers. The rear wheels were also covered on one side, to showcase another aerodynamic feature, and the huge truck wheels had the aerodynamic hubcap-like covers Tesla developed for the Model 3.

    In many ways, the Semi is basically a big-ass Model 3 — and while that might sound flippant, using existing Tesla tech was an important aspect of the design process. The goal was to make use of Tesla’s future economies of scale with Model 3 components, given that the company could be producing hundreds of thousands of that vehicle in the coming years and could build up a robust supply chain.

    That extends to the Autopilot self-driving tech in the Semi, derived from the hardware on the Model 3, but, according to the company, recalibrated for the greater weight and larger size of the truck.

    The Apollo-capsule-esque feel of the Semi’s cab is also the best evidence yet that what Tesla has learned from creating space capsules at SpaceX, which as it happens is right next door to Tesla’s design studio, south of Los Angeles.

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      Tesla just revealed its new Roadster and it’s a complete game-changer (TSLA)

      Tesla Roadster

      • Tesla unveiled its new Roadster Thursday evening.
      • The new Roadster will feature Plaid mode, which will enable it to do 0- 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds. This will make it the world’s fastest production vehicle, the company claims. 
      • The base model of the vehicle will cost $200,000. 

      Tesla surprised everyone and unveiled a new Roadster on Thursday evening. 

      “The new Tesla Roadster will be the fastest production car ever made, period,” CEO Elon Musk said. 

      The base model of the Roadster will do 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds. 

      “It will be the first time any car has broken two seconds at 0-60,” Musk said. “It will be the fastest to 100 mph, 4.2 seconds to 100 mph,” Musk said. 

      Tesla Roadster_Hero

      It will do a quarter-mile in 8.9 seconds, Musk said. 

      “This will be the first time any production car has broken nine seconds in a quarter-mile. These are all world records, This is what we are achieving in the prototype. 

      Musk said the car will have a top speed of about 250 mph and a 250 kWh battery pack, which gives it a 620-mile range. 

      Tesla Roadster Rear

      The four-seater vehicle will also feature a glass roof that is removable and stores in the truck. 

      Needless to say, this incredible vehicle won’t come cheap. 

      Tesla roadster

      The base model of the new Roadster will begin pricing at $200,000. A reservation for the base model will set you back $50,000 and if you want a Founder’s Series version of the vehicle, you’ll have to shell out $250,000. 

       

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        Tesla just unveiled its first electric semi — and it looks like a spaceship (TSLA)

        Tesla Semi

        • Tesla unveiled its semi on Thursday evening. 
        • The big rig has an impressive range of 500 miles per charge. 
        • Tesla will begin production of the vehicle in 2019. 

        Tesla is getting into the trucking business. 

        On Thursday, CEO Elon Musk took the wraps off the company’s first electric big rig, a semi the company claims is safer and more efficient than any diesel-powered heavy duty truck on the market.

        Here’s a basic breakdown of some its key features: 

        • 500 miles of range per charge.
        • Can charge up to 400 miles in just 30 minutes when using a Megacharger, which is a new high-speed charger. 
        • 0-60 miles per hour in five seconds without a trailer attached. 
        • 0-60 miles per hour in 20 seconds while hauling 80,000 pounds of cargo.
        • Can travel in a convoy where one semi leads other vehicles autonomously. 
        • 4 motors on the rear axles.
        • Windshield is made of impact resistant glass. 

        “Overall, the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger car traffic,” the company said in a statement.

        Tesla Semi

        Tesla is so confident in its truck it is guaranteeing that the truck will not break down for one million miles. Musk said production will begin in 2019 and reservations can be made for $5,000. 

        The truck is safer than other semis because it was designed with a reinforced battery that helps prevent damage upon impact and also gives the truck a very low center of gravity, the company said. 

        “Its windshield is made of impact resistant glass. Jackknifing is prevented due to the Semi’s onboard sensors that detect instability and react with positive or negative torque to each wheel while independently actuating all brakes,” Tesla said in the statement. 

        Tesla Semi

        But one of the truck’s most striking features is the interior of the vehicle, which is designed specifically for the driver. 

        For starters, there’s enough room in the cabin for the driver to stand. And instead of the driver position being on the left, Tesla has centered it so that the driver has better visibility all around the vehicle. 

        Two touchscreen displays, one on each side of the driver seat, provide access to things like navigation and blind spot monitoring. 

        Tesla semi

        Tesla’s big rig also comes with built-in connectivity, which allows the truck to seamlessly integrate with the fleet’s management system to help with routing and scheduling. 

        Among its other high-tech features, the truck has Enhanced Autopilot which enables automatic braking, lane keeping, and lane departure warning. Cameras on the outside of the vehicle also help detect blind spots and alert the driver when there is a dangerous situation. 

        Tesla Semi

        Tesla, though, isn’t the only automaker making a push into electric trucks. Earlier this year, Daimler also showed off an electric heavy duty truck concept that has a range of 220 miles per charge. However, the company has not said when the truck would hit the market. 

        This story is developing, check back for updates. 

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