We’re at a time when worlds are merging. Walls are falling between economic inequalities, educational streams, structural domains, industry cultures and many more. The biggest catalyst for the change is technology. Technology keeps bridging the gap between different sectors. Today, data scientists are hired by biotech firms and biologists are being hired for research in DNA computing. Automobiles have been an autonomous industry for a very long time.
You needed an Engineering Major in Mechanical stream with an Automotive specialization. But now Artificial Intelligence Ph.D. holders are being hired into the automotive industry, thanks to a handful of startup and long-standing firms that are changing the game of automobiles. Today, technology plays a key role in how a car functions. Companies like Faraday and Tesla have accomplished leaps of innovation today when the futuristic thought of having a car drive by itself, is actually becoming a reality. And today we live in the age, where conventional car manufacturers are struck with awe as a 14-year-old company has manufactured a production-ready full electric car which tops the acceleration and speed than some of the top cars that run the race track.
Introducing Tesla’s newest gadget, the Roadster 2.0 and yes I term it as a gadget since nothing about this car is conventional. It has a fully electric engine which can generate horsepower that pretty much gives the conventional engines a run for their money. Last week, in the Tesla launch event, they launched a semi truck which showed some amazing capability but then came the showstopper which was the rumored Roadster 2.0 from Tesla. A fully automatic electric car, that can ramp up from 0 to 60 in about 1.9 seconds. This is faster than the Bugatti Veyron or the line ups of Lamborghini cars. This makes the Roadster 2.0, the fastest production car on the planet, surpassing the long-standing V12 Bugatti Veyron far behind.
Tesla did a take on the first gen Roadster initially. It was the first electric sports car which gathered a lot of hype but wasn’t met with love as was expected. It was in 2008 when this was launched. Back then, the infrastructure for electric charging stations across the US was not that widespread. Also, the car was way ahead of its time, which also grew with the issues in production that it got two recalls consecutively, one in 2009 and the other in 2010 which were related to safety issues.
At the time, Tesla was a very new competitor to the race of automobiles and the major automobile players were already discrediting the existence of a new rival since the approach was very new and daring. No other car company solely based their future in automobiles with only electric motors. The technology was not that advanced and the limited availability of charging stations was also a huge concern.
Tesla sold around 2450 cars in over 30 countries and most of the last Roadsters were sold in Europe and Asia in the fourth quarter of 2012. Then there was the controversial review from top gear, regarding the Roadster in 2008, which called in the car to be having a tonne of issues in rideability and reach. The handling was deemed unreliable as the car was being pushed off the track. Tesla, however, did end up suing the show for showing false evidence and giving malicious reviews while simultaneously launching the Tesla vs topgear.com website. Amongst all this, the real fans of the electric car’s world and those who believe the Elon’s vision really hoped for the rebirth of the Roadster and since then, we’ve been hearing speculations and rumors about the new Roadster, until to this day, we finally have a new Roadster with blazing speeds and looks to die for.
The second gen Roadster is a 2 + 2 with a removable glass roof. It has 3 electric motors, one in the front and two at the rear, allowing all-wheel drive and torque vectoring during cornering. It would have a 200 kWh battery which is twice the capacity of the Model S P100D and would give 621 miles range on a single charge. Torque at the wheels is 10000 Nm.
To bring everything into perspective, the Acceleration would be 0-60 in 1.9 secs and 0-100 in 4.2 secs. A quarter mile would be 8.9 seconds with a top speed of above 250 mph. If these performance metrics stand true in the production ready unit, we can bet this would be the fastest car on earth. The fastest till date is the Porsche 918 which achieves 60 mph in 2.2 seconds. To compare some other top runners, Dodge Challenger SRT 2018 clocks 0 – 60 in 2.3 seconds. Ferrari is less than 3 seconds. Lamborghini Aventador clocks at 2.8 seconds and Bugatti Veyron clocks at 2.5 seconds.
Elon Musk has stunned many by his futuristic vision and converting fiction to reality. He has given us hopes to make strides of progress by doing many in a short span of time. The research that went into designing rockets for SpaceX has helped shape up the electric engine of the Tesla Roadster that accelerates the sports car like a rocket. The Tesla lineup of cars is known for their sophisticated autonomous driving mode, where a plethora of sensors collect data and train the car to drive better on the road.
The artificial intelligence on the car can guide the car to drive safely and provide convenience and ease, rather than becoming a robotic nightmare that might turn fatal. Although Tesla did have some ups and downs with its autonomous driving, it’s still the world leader when it comes to having production ready cars with autonomous driving. The company didn’t mention the Roadster to have autonomous driving but we can only hope for a future update to the car.
The Roadster is said to launch in 2020 and pre-booking is now being done through referrals. Click here to prebook the Tesla Roadster 2.0!
So yeah availability is a bit dicey but then seeing the actual working prototype is a sweet treat to the eyes.
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