As “one more thing” surprises go, Elon Musk’s unexpected reveal of the new Tesla Roadster was a move that would make Steve Jobs proud. After all, we knew a new Tesla Roadster was coming, we just didn’t know to expect to see it quite so soon – and certainly not right after the EV-maker made its big pitch for the Tesla Semi truck. Missed the late-night announcement? Here are five fast facts to get you up to speed.
Tesla is promising the fastest production car ever
The numbers make for some impressive reading, certainly. 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds. 0-100 mph in 4.2 seconds. The quarter mile run in just 8.9 seconds.
That’s not just fast, it’s supercar-beating, world-record-beating fast. Tesla is crediting three electric motors for all that power, with a faintly ridiculous 10,000 Nm of torque – 7,374 lb-ft if you’re old-school – helping push the Roadster past the 250 mph mark.
Of course, it’s really worth remembering that all this is fairly theoretical right now. The car world isn’t short of supercar projects that promise huge performance, but they don’t get the kudos for it until they actually deliver. Tesla’s existing cars certainly demonstrate the potential of electric motors, but translating that into a production vehicle takes effort.