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,