Elon Musk desires Tesla’s new sports activities automotive to make 007 proud.
The billionaire electric-car tycoon mentioned he’s engaged on tricking out the forthcoming Tesla Roadster with rocket expertise so it may hover above the bottom.
“I’m attempting to determine the best way to make this factor hover with out, you already know, killing folks,” Musk mentioned on an episode of Joe Rogan’s podcast launched Thursday.
“I assumed like perhaps we might make it hover however, like, not too excessive, so like perhaps it may hover like a meter above the bottom or one thing like that,” he added. “For those who plummet, you blow out the suspension however you’re not gonna die.”
Tesla has been engaged on an up to date model of the Roadster — the corporate’s first mass-market electrical automotive — for a number of years.
The Silicon Valley firm expects to complete engineering the mannequin this yr and hopes to begin delivery it in 2022, based on Musk.
The Roadster would have the ability to transfer by means of the air whereas floating above the bottom if Musk’s hovering experiments are profitable, he mentioned. He claimed Tesla will provide a “SpaceX possibility bundle,” apparently named for Musk’s rocket firm, that may equip the automotive with a extremely pressurized gas vessel and “a bunch of thrusters.”
If the hovering doesn’t work out, the Roadster might nonetheless have rear thrusters that will make it “transfer like a bat out of hell” on the highway, Musk mentioned.
“At minimal I’m assured we might do a thruster the place the license plate flips down, you already know, James Bond-style, after which the rocket thruster behind it, and that offers you three tons of thrust,” he mentioned.
Tesla first unveiled the brand new Roadster in 2017. The next yr, SpaceX launched Musk’s private Roadster into house. The automotive handed Mars for the primary time final fall.
Tesla shares had been down 0.6 p.c in premarket buying and selling at $807.09 as of seven a.m. Friday.