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10 Jan 2019

Now, Elon Musk claims Tesla Roadster will fly (literally)

Elon Musk claims Roadster will hover above ground

Elon Musk has a knack of saying some unbelievable stuff on Twitter, especially when it comes to his companies Tesla and SpaceX.

But now, in a major development, the man who plans to colonize Mars has said Tesla's fancy sports car Roadster will actually hover over the ground.

And, no, this is not any kind of joke, the billionaire confirmed.

Here's what he said.

In context

Elon Musk claims Roadster will hover above ground
Tesla working on Roadster's 'SpaceX package'

Musk's comments

Tesla working on Roadster's 'SpaceX package'

Tesla Roadster packs incredible capabilities, including the ability to go 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds and cover 600 miles on one charge.

But, Musk claims these are basic specs and there will be more capable avatars of the car, like a 'SpaceX package' with small thrusters or rocket engines.

He had tweeted this last year, but now, it seems this 'SpaceX package' is real.

Improvement

Seemingly, Roadster will hover with these thrusters

Back in June, Musk had said the thrusters will dramatically improve Roadster's "acceleration, top speed, braking, and cornering".

But, in addition to this, he also claimed that the upgrade may even allow the car to "fly".

Now, the billionaire has backed the claim by commenting "Roadster will actually do something like this" on a hovering car GIF.

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Here is Musk's tweet

Plus, you can expect unreal acceleration

Speed

Plus, you can expect unreal acceleration

Along with hovering abilities, which are practically unbelievable, Musk also tweeted that the car would "basically accelerate at the limit of human endurance."

He reiterated this wasn't any kind of joke and confirmed that Tesla will employ SpaceX's "cold gas thruster system with ultra high-pressure air in a composite over-wrapped pressure vessel in place of the 2 rear seats."

Release

When SpaceX package will be released?

Going by Musk's comment and history of doing the unbelievable (like launching the same car in space), we can definitely expect a hovering Roadster in the future.

But, as of now, there's no saying when the company might actually bring this version into the market.

Notably, Tesla plans to launch the standard $200,000 version of Roadster by 2020.

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When Tesla will come to India?

Asked on 10-01-2019 by Paridhi Sharma

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Elon Musk has spoken about expanding to India a few times, but there's no word on when it might actually happen.

Will Model 3 launch in India?

Asked on 10-01-2019 by Aaradhya Kapur

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No, as of now, Model 3 is not available in India, but once Tesla comes into India, we can expect it's mass-market car to go on sale in the country.

What is the price of Tesla Model 3

Asked on 10-01-2019 by Navya Pawar

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The basic model of Tesla Model 3 comes at $35,000, but it is not available in India.

So, basically, Tesla Roadster will fly?

Asked on 10-01-2019 by Charvi Malhotra

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It seems like this, but there are not many details at this stage.

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