It’s been a while since Tesla introduced the Roadster 2.0. But despite its long delay, Tesla chief designer Franz von Holzhausen recently hinted that the wait for the all-electric supercar will definitely be worth it.
While talking to the host Ryan McCaffrey in Ride the Lightning podcast, Franz von Holzhausen shared some key insights into the next-generation Roadster. The car was unveiled alongside the Tesla Semi in late 2017, but it has yet to enter production. By comparison, the Tesla Semi started deliveries in early December of last year.
As the lead designer noted, Tesla is currently focused on becoming a mass producer of electric vehicles, so limited-edition cars like the Roadster 2.0 aren’t really front and center. Despite this, von Holzhausen stated that Tesla is developing the car, and when it is released, it will be better in every way than the supercar that was introduced in late 2017.
“We are developing the car. I think you know we have priorities as a company and the priorities are mass electrification. And the Roadster is not a mass product. So unfortunately, you know, it’s one of a kind, but we’re seriously working on it. And I think the time we’ve spent has allowed us to really improve basically every criterion which we set out to establish when we first introduced that (vehicle),” Franz said.
As for the performance of the Roadster 2.0, the lead designer noted that extrapolating the performance and handling of the Model S Plaid, and using some imagination in the process, will likely give a good idea of just how capable the all-electric supercar can be. . This is a good point, as the Model S Plaid meets some of the general specifications of the Roadster 2.0 prototype, except for the 620-mile range and 250+ mph top speed.
“I think if you can just extrapolate the performance and usability of the Plaid Model S, and you can imagine where it could go, then I think your imagination will take you where we’re going with the capabilities as well.” and how much better. The Roadster will, and the weight is absolutely worth it. If you think about it, the Plaid Model S, it basically met all the criteria that we said the Roadster could do, which seemed impossible for a car at the time. So imagine. Let your imagination run a little,” said von Holzhausen.
Tesla’s chief designer’s comment about the inherent strength of the Model S Plaid and the weight of the Roadster is quite interesting. That’s because even in its current state, the Model S Plaid’s full potential has yet to be unlocked. The Model S is also a very heavy and large car, so putting an unlocked version of the car’s engine into a smaller, lighter package could definitely create a supercar that has what it takes to dominate the competition.
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