IT'S ELEC­TRIC!

As quick as an F1 car (al­most), nearly as fast as the Ch­i­ron and as af­ford­able as an R8! Say hello to the Tesla Road­ster

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ELON MUSK IS A MAN OF his word, and at the un­veil­ing of the new Tesla Semi truck, these were his words, “The point of do­ing this is to give a hard­core smack­down to gaso­line cars.” And with that, Musk did what he does best – shock the world with a re­veal that it wasn’t ex­pect­ing. Go­ing by the num­bers that are be­ing quoted by Tesla for the freshout-of-the-crate Road­ster, Musk wasn’t fib­bing.

Tesla claims that the Road­ster can reach 100kmph from a stand­still in an eye-wa­ter­ing 1.9 sec­onds. That should com­fort­ably make it the quick­est car in se­ries pro­duc­tion. One that is ca­pa­ble of ac­cel­er­at­ing al­most as quick as an F1 car. A typ­i­cal F1 car takes be­tween 1.6 to 1.8 sec­onds to get up to 100kmph from launch­ing off the start­ing grid. This also means that the new Road­ster com­pletely eclipses the 0-100kmph time set by the Tesla Model S P100D. The Road­ster will then go on to crack a top speed of around 400kmph, which puts it squarely in Bu­gatti Ch­i­ron ter­ri­tory. Fi­nally, thwack­ing the ball straight out of the park, is the claimed 1000km range on a full charge!

The smat­ter­ing of num­bers leaves us gob­s­macked for it com­pletely changes peo­ple’s per­cep­tions of what a car, es­pe­cially an EV, can do.

At the same time this is not a one-off fig­ment of Musk’s wild imag­i­na­tion that will cost you an arm, a leg and a cou­ple of vi­tals from your body. The new Road­ster is af­ford­able (rel­a­tively of course) and with a sticker that reads $200,000, costs a mere frac­tion of a con­ven­tional hy­per­car. A spe­cial Founder’s Se­ries edi­tion of the car lim­ited to 1000 units will also be avail­able for a pre­mium of just $50,000.

In com­par­i­son, both the Mercedes-AMG Project One and the As­ton Martin Valkyrie will see you poorer by a beg­gar­ing $3 mil­lion. Be­sides, un­like these two

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