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Bugatti-Rimca CEO Weighs In On Musk’s Bold Tesla Roadster Claim

Tesla CEO Elon Musk caused a stir last week when he boldly claimed that Tesla’s (long awaited) next edition of their Roadster would have a 0 to 60 time of less than one second.

Is It Possible To Go From 0 To 60 MPH In Under 1 Second?

A Motor1 report says that a Facebook post from Bugatti-Rimca CEO Mate Rimac states that Musk’s bold claim is possible. Mate’s company has produced the Rimac Nevera hypercar, which has broken the 2.0 second 0 to 60 miles per hour barrier. Rimac’s post states, “It is possible with thrusters. We did the simulation.”

However, the CEO added that this possibility comes with a very significant, technically challenging caveat, “Problem is, you release the air in two to three seconds and then you have a lot of dead weight that you are carrying around (tanks, compressor, values, nozzles etc.) Same with fans – they just give you more grip but you need something like 30,000 newton-meters on the wheels to accelerate below one sec 0-100 km/h, which means you need massive motors, inverters, gearboxes, driveshafts, etc. So thrusters are really the only way to go. But they bring a lot of downsides as well.”

So, in theory, Musk’s sub-one-second 0 to 60 time for the next Tesla Roadster is possible. However, the technical specifications that Rimac laid out in his Facebook post point towards something other than practical vehicle design. Then again, a car like the Tesla Roadster is less about being a practical daily driver than a flashy coupe for an old wealthy car collector to bust out for Cars and Coffee on the weekends.

It’s worth noting that a Musk tweet from June 10, 2018, mentioned the possibility of a “SpaceX option package” for the next-gen Roadster that “will include – 10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around the car.” In that tweet, Musk also teased that a Tesla could “fly” with these thrusters. It’s an idea that still excites Musk, as his recent February 28 tweet says of the new Roadster, “There will never be another car like this, if you could even call it a car.”

Will This Be Another Broken Promise From Musk?

As a report from Driving notes, Musk is a man of many words and big promises, so it’s best to take anything the Tesla CEO says or tweets with a grain of salt. For example, look at how Musk hyped up the Cybertruck to be versus what it is.

Like Tesla’s (in)famous stainless steel pickup truck, the company’s next-generation Roadster has already missed several planned release dates since Musk promised the vehicle would be coming to market in 2017. First, Musk said that consumers could expect to see the new Roadster in 2020; however, he later pushed the coupe’s launch date to 2022 and then 2023. Musk’s current promise is for a 2025 production start date.

Author: Jarret Hendrickson

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