The new Tesla Roadster will be faster than a Formula 1 racing car

Elon Musk gave us a surprise during the Tesla semi unveiling event today: the return of the Tesla Roadster. The new stunning four-seater roadster will be the world’s fastest production car. In his remarks, Musk described it as a “smackdown” to the fossil fuel-addicted auto industry.

Musk said the base model will do zero to 60 in 1.9 seconds, which will make it the first time a production vehicle has gone under the 2-second threshold. He also said the new Roadster will  d0 0 to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and clear a quarter of a mile in 8.9 seconds.

Musk didn’t confirm the top speed, but said it was “above 250 mph.” By comparison, the top speed of a formula 1 racing car is around at 230 mph.

Musk said the Roadster had a 200kwh battery pack and a 620-mile range per charge, or over 1,000 kilometers.

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