Elon Musk confirms a small but cool new feature.
There's been so much news about the upcoming Tesla Cybertruck and Model Y that you may have forgotten about the second-generation Tesla Roadster. As the carmaker's halo model, the new Roadster promises a 0-60 mph time of just 1.9 seconds, making it faster than a Bugatti Chiron. It'll also feature cold-air thrusters as part of the SpaceX performance package, possibly capable of further reducing that already incredible sprint time to about 1.1 seconds. We'll see.
In the meantime, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter a small but cool detail about the new all-electric hypercar: its wheels will have just one nut. Musk is, of course, talking about center-lock wheels, a feature often found in race cars and other ultra-high-performance supercars and hypercars. The new Koenigsegg Jesko is one of them, along with the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and Porsche 918 Spyder, to name just a couple of others.
Compared to a typical four or five-nut configuration designed to lock the wheel, a center lock utilizes only a single hex nut. This is a huge advantage and a must for race cars because it allows for a fast removal during pit stops. It also allows for additional space in the hub for bigger brakes and calipers, which also benefits road cars.
Always one for a good laugh, Musk answered another Twitter user's question about whether the Roadster will come with a huge torque wrench and nut and whether Tesla service centers will have the right tools on hand. "Yes, it will have huge nuts haha," Musk replied.
A precise Roadster production start date has not been announced, but it's expected to take place at Tesla's Fremont facility in California.
Assuming all goes to plan, Tesla is aiming to get its new hyper halo car on the road by the end of next year, though don't be shocked if there are additional delays. Bear in mind the second-generation Roadster won't be a significant money-maker for the company. That's the job of bread and butter vehicles, specifically the Model 3 and Model Y.
The Roadster, like any proper halo car, will be an all-out example of what's possible with an all-electric vehicle in regards to both performance and range. The latter is said to be in the neighborhood of 620 miles. Pricing will start at around $200,000 for the base model.