Tesla Roadster with SpaceX package will do 0-60mph in a stunning 1.1 seconds

The unreleased Tesla Roadster is on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum right now and a new information panel has been positioned in front of the car. @BLKMDL3 on...

The unreleased Tesla Roadster is on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum right now and a new information panel has been positioned in front of the car.

@BLKMDL3 on Twitter snapped a photo of this info which confirmed the SpaceX package for Roadster will propel the car to 0-60mph in an insane 1.1 seconds. The website officially lists the time as <1.9 seconds for the non-spaceX package. There’s currently no price tag for the upgrade, but if you have a few hundred thousand spare for the Roadster, you’re probably going to stretch the extra dollars for this never before seen performance.

To put that acceleration in perspective, the fastest production car to date has been the Porsche 918 Spyder at 2.1s. At those speeds every tenth of a second is increasingly difficult to reduce, so to go a full second faster is absolutely a step change in what we’ve experienced from road cars.

This translates to a force of 2.49G on your body if you plant the right foot, lucky Tesla has great traction control.


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If you’re anywhere close, The Tesla Roadster will be at the Petersen Automotive Museum for 2 weeks and has been there for a couple of days already, so be fast.


Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021
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  • Trung
    21 May 2021 at 12:55 am

    2.5G is already the caliber of a space launch lol

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  • Ken Henderson
    21 May 2021 at 4:13 am

    If you ever have to place a bet on a drag race between an electric motor vehicle or a gas engine vehicle – always bet on the EV. While a gas engine has to build to high revolutions to get high torque (which is what provides the acceleration) an electric motor puts out max torque AT STALL. Game over…

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    • Cedric Diggory
      21 May 2021 at 2:52 pm

      Well that’s what a clutch is for. With the ICE car you effectively also have the torque from 0, because the engine is not at 0rpm at the start… the real advantage of the EV is that the torque at the wheels can be more easily controlled, leading to a better traction control.

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      • Art
        23 May 2021 at 3:54 am

        Not really. It can easily take half a second for the pressure plate to catch up with the clutch. They slip like hell when the clutch is first popped. Severe breakage if they didn’t.

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    • Brandon
      21 May 2021 at 8:06 pm
  • Ogden Paul
    21 May 2021 at 7:55 am

    Jason, if this is really possible it will use cold gas thrusters. This will be incredibly loud, and dangerous to anyone standing near the car. Also probably a one time and done feature. So, cool but kind of a parlor trick.

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    • Jason Cartwright
      21 May 2021 at 1:50 pm
    • Rob
      22 May 2021 at 7:47 am

      If I recall correctly, they plan on diverting some of the power to compressors that recharge the compressed air tanks.

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  • Albert
    21 May 2021 at 12:34 pm
    • Jason Cartwright
      21 May 2021 at 1:50 pm

      Yep, obviously the Veyron is prioritising the top end a little more, but wow, 1.1s would be amazing to experience.

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      • purrdey
        22 May 2021 at 2:03 am

        On normal roads, a top end much past 100MPH is a waste of time. I’d trade 50MPH off the top speed of my Tesla Model S for a 2.5 second reduction in 0-60MPH.

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        • Truth
          27 May 2021 at 2:29 am

          You haven’t driven on a normal roads. And no, 1.1sec to 60mph in a city is not safe not reasonable. Instant crash.

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  • Fang
    21 May 2021 at 1:05 pm

    What you’ve neglected to mention is that this is just a claim made by Tesla. I doubt they’ve achieved this even with a prototype. Good clickbait though

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    • Jason Cartwright
      21 May 2021 at 1:51 pm

      I think it’s pretty clear this is a claim, not official given the car is not yet in production.

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      • Simon
        21 May 2021 at 4:13 pm

        Not at all clear from the language you used: “will do” in the headline; “which confirmed” in the article body.

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    • Alan White
      21 May 2021 at 6:51 pm
  • Mike N
    21 May 2021 at 2:12 pm

    The Tesla Model S Plaid+ (a beta) seems to have already achieved (unofficially) a 1.9sec 1-60 time, in Germany last week. The Roadster should thus achieve a significantly better time that that. The “Party Trick” with the SpaceX package has been touted to be lifting off the ground and hovering!! WTF! Possible with enough cold gas thrusters – the problems seems be controlling the liftoff. Musk mentioned restricting the height to 2m.
    NB: you have to distinguish between ‘quick’ and ‘fast’ – the Roadster will be the quickest to 60, or maybe 160. But it will not reach the top speed of a Veyron because it doesn’t have that extreme aerodynamics.

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  • Noel Plummer
    21 May 2021 at 8:12 pm

    That’s faster than a Formula car up to that speed at least

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    • Elon
      22 May 2021 at 2:41 am
  • Art
    23 May 2021 at 3:49 am

    It is hard to imagine the visceral feel of 2.5gs what is visualizable and even more mind-blowing is this means going from 0 to 60 mph in 48 FEET!

    That is less than the length of a lot of driveways or the width of a four lane intersection!

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