Time to crank things up several notches.
The first batch of second-generation Tesla Roadster customers was kindly asked to place a $50,000 deposit back in 2017. Since then, they've had a $50k hole burning in their pockets. That's because new Roadster production isn't due to get underway until sometime next year. The original launch date was 2020. Although Tesla CEO Elon Musk has spoken about the next Roadster on numerous occasions, including that it'll offer a crazy SpaceX Performance Package, we've yet to see prototypes testing.
That could soon change, and what better testing ground for the ultimate EV hypercar than the world's most prestigious and challenging track?
Responding to a question with a simple "yes" on Twitter over the weekend, Musk confirmed the new Roadster will begin testing on the Nurburgring in 2021. No other details were provided. Hopefully, we'll learn more details tomorrow during Tesla's much-publicized "Battery Day" event. Aside from the new Roadster's claimed 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of just 1.9 seconds, we know little else about its handling capabilities. Outright speed is just one part of the equation, but Musk already claimed the new Roadster will smash the Nurburgring production car record.
Tesla is no stranger to the Ring having tested Model S Plaid prototypes last year. No official lap times were announced, but rumor has it they were quite impressive. The Plaid-powered Teslas could also be revealed tomorrow.
But it's important to bear in mind that if the Roadster won't even begin its Nurburgring testing until next year sometime, then chances are customer deliveries will again be delayed. Production should commence as planned at the Fremont facility in late 2021, but it's unlikely that owners will receive their $200,000 (base price) ultimate EV until 2022.
Musk also previously admitted the Roadster project had been put on the back burner, in order to focus company efforts on getting Cybertruck production up and running. Now that its new Texas-based assembly plant is under construction, Tesla can go back to its halo car project.