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12 June, 2018, 02:56
Musk also said the package would remove the vehicle's rear seats and advised that it would not be suited for urban areas.
Besides the virtuoso headline-making tweet about the Roadster, Musk also hinted at a self-driving Tesla update coming later this year.
As to the benefits, Musk noted that "these rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering". Following tweets added, "Not saying the next gen Roadster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe.", and, "Certainly possible".
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has provided more details about the SpaceX upgrade package the company will offer for its upcoming Roadster sports vehicle. However, it appeared as though he was joking.
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The executive envisions a system that uses cold gas thrusters, borrowing technology used on SpaceX rockets to maneuver the second stage. Consequently, they will be powered by compressed atmospheric air that's made by a compressor and stored in a tank.
The specs on Tesla's next-gen Roadster are already jaw-dropping. For example, those facing rearward could fire during acceleration while those at the front could fire under braking, acting as a high-pressure air brake. "For those who love to drive, there is no finer auto in history and we don't think there will be another". Adding rocket thrusters could easily double that price but if the vehicle delivers performance to rival multi-million-dollar hypercars, it could still be excellent value for money.
The semi and the Roadster are expected in production next year, so it shouldn't be too long before we find out what the SpaceX package entails-perhaps a faster form of ground-based flight, or something with a bit more altitude.