Anticipation Builds for Tesla Roadster’s Return with Rocket Tech

The revival of the Tesla Roadster, eagerly awaited since 2017, is set to incorporate “some rocket technology”. While specifics on the Tesla-SpaceX partnership remain limited, enthusiasts are encouraged to stay informed on the latest developments in markets, technology, and business.

During a conversation with former CNN anchor Don Lemon, CEO Elon Musk disclosed that Tesla is joining forces with SpaceX to breathe new life into the Roadster, Tesla’s seminal electric sports car. Musk, while not confirming the potential for the Roadster to achieve flight, suggested that such an ability is within the realm of possibility.

Musk expressed his excitement about the project, indicating that the only way to surpass the allure of the Cybertruck is to merge the innovative technologies of SpaceX and Tesla, creating a product that transcends traditional automotive definitions.

The Original Roadster: Tesla’s Milestone

The original Tesla Roadster was a game-changer for Musk’s company in the late 2000s, with approximately 2,450 units sold from 2008 to 2012. Musk has been hinting at the Roadster’s comeback since its sneak peek in 2017 during the Tesla Semi reveal.

Despite encountering numerous production setbacks and losing the limelight to the Cybertruck, Musk renewed commitments to the Roadster’s design evolution via his social media on X (previously known as Twitter) in February. The forthcoming Roadster, expected to carry a starting price of around $200,000, is touted to offer unprecedented features, as shared by Musk with Lemon.

The new Roadster’s performance is projected to be stellar, with a 0-60 mph acceleration achievable in under one second, an aspect Musk believes is not even its most thrilling quality.

Additional Insights into the Next-Generation Roadster

Although Lemon sought further specifics, Musk divulged only that the vehicle would feature a drive-by-wire yoke akin to those in aircraft and would come equipped with tires. In response to inquiries about potential wings, Musk clarified that the Roadster would not have large wings, as they would be impractical for road use.

Observers have noted that Musk often amplifies the excitement for the Roadster during periods when Tesla’s stock performance falters or when new product introductions face complications. Currently, Tesla’s shares have seen a nearly 14% decline over the past month. Concurrently, the company has been promoting referral incentives for Cybertruck orders, a move that can indicate softening demand.

Despite these challenges, Musk mentioned in the interview that the Cybertruck still boasts over a million orders awaiting fulfillment.