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Published on June 29th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

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Tesla Roadster 2.0 Performance Breathes Competition For Ferrari

June 29th, 2018 by  


That the new and improved Tesla Roadster was a direct taunt to the sleepy performance giants is obvious. To date, sorting through the sensational Tesla headlines for the core points can be daunting. Thankfully, though, Tesla has shown a bit more of the Roadster to outsiders now, and it is even more ludicrous than previously hoped for.

Tesla Roadster test drive

Tesla Shows New Ludicrous Roadster. Now, Ferrari’s Turn.

That Tesla plays a disruptive game, that much we can agree on. But lately Tesla news has been overwhelming and at times light on current products and services. And if Twitter provides for ample chatter, what we care about ultimately are the products and services Tesla offers. After a sly but mostly hands-off reveal, we now have a bit more news on what a Roadster 2.0 from Tesla actually feels like. Apparently, it is about as crazy as it gets for a car. What does that mean for the competition?

Well, the original ENVI Chrysler team that was working on close competition for the first Tesla Roadster has come back, via Ferrari, to potentially answer the challenge from the pesky California mobility company called Tesla. You can read more about that here.

Tesla Roadster test drive

$250,000 for an electric sports car that accelerates from 0 to 60 MPH (0 to 100 km/h) before you can blink or swallow is enough to rile the old-school performance manufacturers. So far, no company has announced a genuine challenge to Tesla’s Roadster 2.0, even though Ferrari seems to be working on it and others must be as well. But how will Ferrari or any others compete head to head with Roadster 2.0? We’ll see.

How The Tesla Roadster 2.0 Feels

A recent third-party Tesla Roadster test drive was meant to prove that the car can truly accelerate from 0–60 MPH in under 2 seconds. If you want to know what that feels like, try your luck at it at an amusement park, but imagine doing it on the road — or even daily while heading off to grocery shop or work. This is just a quaint notion for most, but now we get to know if someone outside Tesla can attest to the Tesla Roadster’s abilities. Have a watch:

Obviously, the word “conservative” for Elon Musk’s statements (referring to the performance of the Tesla Roadster) is something to cheer about.

Test driver Emile Bouret probably puts it best: “I think I can say without getting trouble that those are actual figures. Those aren’t theoreticals. Those aren’t calculations. We’ve done those numbers. And I probably shouldn’t say that the numbers are even conservative, but they are. That thing is going to be a proper weapon. So, I know there’s lots of skeptics. People say, ‘Oh, yeah, but I’ll be dead before it comes out.’ Have faith.”

Yikes. That’s some endorsement.

Tesla Roadster test drive

When Can I Get My Tesla Roadster Test Drive?

Until we manage to scrape together $250,000, we’ll have to wait to get invited for the Tesla Roadster test drive. We’ve been following the making of Tesla for over a decade now, and can still remember early days in the first Roadster. A Ludicrous Tesla Roadster? You bet we’d like a drive!

Tesla Roadster test drive


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About the Author

Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn't until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Eager to spread the news of that full torque, he was invited to write for various CleanTech outlets in 2007. Since then, his passion led to cover renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets both in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. He particularly enjoys communicating about the new e-mobility technology and what it means to us as a society. Today he focuses most of his writing effort on CleanTechnica, a global online outlet that covers the world of electric vehicles and renewable energy. His favorite tagline is: "There are more solutions than obstacles."



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