The Tesla Roadster's SpaceX package will replace the back seats with rockets

Marco Green
June 12, 2018

Musk announced the SpaceX package on Tuesday at Tesla's annual shareholder meeting.

The last time Tesla updated its software was with version 8.0 in 2016. Concerning the open-top, Musk said, "What we unveiled with the Roadster was the base model performance".

Elon Musk says Tesla's upcoming supercar will fly, possibly in a literal way.

The statement elaborates on previous ones that he made last November following the reveal of the Roadster prototype.

Musk also said the package would remove the vehicle's rear seats and advised that it would not be suited for urban areas. "Certainly possible. Just a question of safety". Adding rocket thrusters could easily double that price but if the auto delivers performance to rival multi-million-dollar hypercars, it could still be excellent value for money. However, the betting line leans heavily toward an even more potent Roadster. As the company revealed a few months ago, the forthcoming Roadster - which is set to be released in 2020 - can go from 0-60 miles per hour in just 1.9 seconds flat and boasts a top speed in excess of 250 miles per hour. That's hypercar performance for around $200,000 to $250,000, less than one-sixth the usual hypercar price.

As for the flying bit, while the Roadster may be capable of small jumps, Musk has previously spoken against the idea of true flying cars, saying they'd be too noisy and risky.

The semi and the Roadster are expected in production next year, so it shouldn't be too long before we find out what the SpaceX package entails-perhaps a faster form of ground-based flight, or something with a bit more altitude.

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