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Today, Tesla has a lot to do with the ramp-up of Model 3 , its new entry-level model. It must indeed respond to a thick catalog of orders.

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Tesla’s story began with a sportswoman. The Roadster , taking the chassis of a Lotus Elise, was indeed used to boot the machine. 

Tesla’s story began with a sportswoman. The Roadster , taking the chassis of a Lotus Elise, was indeed used to boot the machine. The revenues generated by this model have financed the development of the Model S. But it is also the presentation of a prototype lithium batteries on the basis of the AC Propulsion Tzero that convinced Elon Musk to risk his funds in the Tesla adventure, initiated by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning.

But since 2012, Tesla has preferred to refocus on the models of greater diffusion , while the contract with Lotus expired. The enthusiasm of the first owners and the lack of competition eventually convinced Tesla to design a second generation. It was this car that was presented by surprise , along with the Tesla Semi truck , at a conference where Elon Musk was welcomed as a rockstar by a delirious public.

The fastest acceleration in the world

It is by the laconic but striking list of technical features that Elon Musk presented the prototype of this Roadster, promised for 2020. Tesla’s simple ambition is to make it the fastest car in the world. The acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (96 km / h) is in 1.9 seconds, what to expect a 0 to 100 km / h in 2 seconds . And the bar of 100 mph (160 km / h) is crossed in 4.2 seconds. As for the quarter-mile (400 m), standard meter of automotive performance across the Atlantic, it is covered in just 8.8 seconds. The records of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at 2.3 seconds, 5.1 seconds and 9.65 seconds respectively are beaten.

If we waited for Tesla on the ground of acceleration, its ability to shine with an impressive top speed was far less secure. Still, Elon Musk announces 250 mph, or 400 km / h ! What tickle the Bugatti Chiron and Koenigsegg Regera . It remains to know the real endurance performance of this new Tesla Roadster. So far indeed, the cars of the Californian brand, even in their most powerful versions, can only use their full capacity for a few tens of seconds. We have shown it in our tests of Model S and Model X. Beyond that, the battery lowers its performance so as not to deteriorate, to the point that it is for example impossible to complete a tour of the Nurbürgring. Let’s hope the Roadster remedies this problem.

If we ignore for the moment all the endurance of batteries, their capacity is twice that of the most powerful Model S, with 200 kWh . What to ensure according to the manufacturer autonomy of nearly 1,000 km in actual use . Again, it’s a record. Still, these batteries will have an influence on the weight of the car. The platform, certainly taken from the Model S, will not be as light as that of the Elise. It’s a safe bet that the car will happily exceed two tons. To see if agility is at the rendezvous.

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