Musk Says New Tesla Roadster Will Use Rocket Thrusters

Elon Musk and Grimes aren’t going to Mars just yet. Jason Kempin  Getty Images

Elon Musk and Grimes aren’t going to Mars just yet. Jason Kempin Getty Images

Based on Musk's tweet, adding new features to Tesla's Autopilot functionality will be the centerpiece of the update in August. Musk has previously claimed the Roadster will be able to hit 60 miles per hour from rest in 1.9 seconds and reach a top speed of over 250 miles per hour in its standard configuration.

Musk has said the new Roadster's intention is to prove an electric auto can outperform high-end gas-powered cars on any performance metric. It's going to have a SpaceX options package. The price tag is likely to be a quarter of a million dollars, which is much less than existing roadsters that fall short of the stated capabilities of the Roadster.

He ended by saying "New Tesla Roadster will exceed all gas sports cars in every way".

If Tesla mounts the thrusters on the sides as well as the front and rear of the Roadster, it's easy to imagine how they could improve acceleration, braking, and cornering.

To keep the vehicle completely electric, Tesla would have to find a way around rocket fuels-and if we are to believe Musk, they already have.

The system will most often be powered by the vehicle's battery pack, according to Musk.

The comment adds more detail to a few tweets Musk wrote in November a year ago, one saying, "There will be a special option package that takes it to the next level". In yet another tweet, responding to a Tesla driver complaining of the Autopilot, Musk said, "That issue is better in latest Autopilot software rolling out now & fully fixed in August update as part of our long-awaited Tesla Version 9. With V9, we will begin to enable full self-driving features".