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Elon Musk reveals when the Telsa Roadster will finally hit the road

Published: 25/Sep/2020 16:47

by Kieran Bicknell

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After years of teasing, false launches, and delays, it seems that we finally have a date for when the mysterious Tesla Roadster will hit public roads. 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is well-versed in the art of building hype. From the controversial Cybertruck launch to his incredible SpaceX projects, the serial entrepreneur is a master of social media marketing.

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Given that he juggles so many different businesses and projects, it’s understandable that things may slip by the wayside from time-to-time. The Tesla Roadster is one of those things, but after four years of delays, even die-hard Tesla fans are beginning to get skeptical.

Tesla Roadster on Road
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According to Tesla CEO Musk, the Roadster will hit the Nurburgring in 2021.

“Space X package”

Thankfully, it seems that we may now have a date for the production version of the Roadster’s first outing on public roads. According to a tweet by Elon Musk, the Roadster will hit the hallowed Nurburgring circuit sometime in 2021.

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Powered by three electric motors, the second-generation Tesla Roadster is allegedly capable of 250mph. Not only that, but it will allegedly dispatch 0-60 in under 2 seconds if you opt for the top-spec model.

In typical Musk style, there are also a number of bizarre stories circulating around the car and its specifications. One particularly odd suggestion from Elon himself was the aptly named “SpaceX package.”

“Behind the license plate is a rocket thruster”

Speaking to Jay Leno on his Jay Leno’s Garage show, Musk was quick to emphasize how serious he is about the SpaceX package: “We are going use-ultra-high pressure compressed air — it’s a cold gas thruster. The main thruster will be like behind the license plate so for acceleration, it drops the license plate and behind the license plate is a rocket thruster.”

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Tesla has previously said that they’ve prioritized mass-produced cars such as the Model Y over the Roadster. Now, the baton has now been passed to the controversial Cybertruck, with a purpose-built factory being built in Austin, Texas.

With the news about new in-house battery production during the 2020 Battery Day event, it will be interesting to see how this new technology influences the Roadster.

Despite Musk saying we’ll see it in 2021, there is still no confirmed production date for the new Tesla Roadster.

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Top Gear’s Chris Harris slams “stupid” $625k Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Published: 8/Oct/2020 14:56 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 14:57

by Kieran Bicknell

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As presenter of BBC’s Top Gear, Chris Harris is living out his boyhood dream. Inevitably, once in a while a supercar is going to come along that really gets his back up, and it seems the brand new Ferrari SF90 Stradale has done exactly that.

Harris hasn’t always been a household TV name. Prior to joining Top Gear in 2016, Harris presented his own series on YouTube, along with writing for the likes of Autocar and Evo magazine in England.

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After a famous falling-out with Ferrari back in 2011 (which saw him banned from reviewing their cars for two years) it seems Harris is still on good terms with the Italian brand, but that may be about to change.

Unfortunately for Ferrari, Chris Harris is definitely not a fan of the new SF90 Stradale hybrid, not even in the top-range ‘Assetto Fiorano’ trim. Costing a whopping $625,000 without options, the SF90 represents a new direction for Ferrari. Sadly, it seems that it’s not a good direction, at least according to Harris.

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Chris Harris with Ferrari SF90 Stradale Assetto Fiorano
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Harris was not a fan of Ferrari’s new flagship hybrid supercar, the SF90 Stradale.

Chris Harris reviews the Ferrari SF90 Stradale

He believes that supercar manufacturers are going down a “rabbit hole of performance,” chasing ever-decreasing 0-60 times and fighting for the fastest lap times possible. The SF90 seems to fall firmly into this category for Harris, and he wasted no time tearing into the apex supercar.

“The thing is undeniably impressive” he admitted when asked about his opinion on the car, but that’s about as much praise as he had. “It’s a vehicle you find yourself admiring rather than lusting after, it trades in applying forces to the body of the driver, that’s really it.”

The complexity of the SF90 is a big issue, as is the brutal performance. “It’s so fast, you don’t have time to understand what’s going on… it’s stupid” said Chris. He does admit that the characteristics of the car are “sensational” but they sadly don’t make up for its pitfalls.

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Practicality is a big concern too, as the location of the SF90’s electric motors in the front means that it can’t carry luggage. This transforms it from a car into a “toy” according to Harris, as there’s no practicality to it whatsoever.

The SF90 is “nearly as quick as a LaFerrari”

While Ferraris are often lauded as the prettiest cars on the road, even styling can’t save the SF90. In his words, Chris said “it looks like it was styled by a computer, rather than some Italian bloke with a pencil… It’s lacking emotion.”

Summing up, Chris says despite the fact the SF90 is “nearly as quick as a LaFerrari” its stablemate, the F8 Tributo, is far better.

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“Give me 500hp, 950kg, a manual gearbox, and maybe a little bit of electricity to get through town quietly and start-up quietly in front of my neighbors; Give me that, and that’s the car I want.”

Whether his harsh words will lead to another falling out with Ferrari is uncertain, but with many praising his honesty, it’s unlikely Harris is going to change any time soon.

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