What if the Tesla Roadster used rockets for acceleration?

When the second-generation Tesla Roadster was unveiled in 2017, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the electric sports car would do 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds. Shortly after the reveal, Musk upped the ante by hyping the idea that Tesla could add rockets to the Roadster to further quicken acceleration, or possibly make the car fly.

Those rockets could allow the Roadster to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 1.1 seconds, according to Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained. That’s based on the patchwork of public statements Tesla has made about the car over the past three years.

The proposed rocket upgrade would ditch the car’s rear seats to make room for a tank holding compressed air at 10,000 psi. A pump driven by the battery pack would send compressed air to 10 thrusters positioned around the car. Some of those thrusters might be hidden behind the rear license plate,

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Chronicling a Chapter in America’s History on the Road

“Undoubtedly the right of locomotion, the right to move from one place to another according to inclination, is an attribute of personal liberty, and … a right secured by the Fourteenth Amendment and by other provisions of the Constitution.”

Williams v. Fears, 1900

Green Book—the Oscar-winning Hollywood movie loosely based on the life of African American virtuoso pianist Don Shirley and his white driver and bodyguard, Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga—introduced white filmgoers to The Negro Motorist Green Book, one of several travel guides used by Black families and business travelers in the Jim Crow era.

Many white audiences were startled by the idea that Black Americans driving a car in the supposedly civilized postwar United States could be fraught with racial hazards, from dealing with surly gas station attendants and cruel restaurant hostesses to encountering angry mobs and hostile law officers.

To help Black motorists navigate

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