Tesla, the company behind the revolutionary Model S and Model 3, have just announced their most controversial model yet,
their MKII Roadster for Tesla . It is a revision of the firm’s first production vehicle, but this time becoming what Elon Musk, CEO describes as “the fastest production car ever.
” This seems like an incredibly bold statement at first, but when you start to look at the incredible performance figures, you realise the truth in Musk’s statement.
Achieving 100km/h (62mph) in less than 1.9 seconds, and 160km/h (100mph) in 4.2 seconds, this car will also be able to clear a quarter-mile (0.4km) in less than 9 seconds (a first for any production car).
To put that into perspective, the Pagani Huayra clears the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds, and the LaFerrari in 9.7 seconds. The top speed is still unknown but is allegedly over 400km/h (250mph).
But the new Roadster not only achieves hypercar performance. It has a massive 200kwh battery (10 times the BMW i3 Mk2 battery capacity), and can achieve 620 miles (1000km) on one charge, also breaking records for that.
The new Roadster aims to reinforce one of the major missions of Tesla motors – to prove that the electric vehicle has as much potential as the petrol car.