• The Tesla Roadster Will Try to Straighten The Nürburgring in 2021

But, when will the production begin?

The news surrounding the Roadster has surely gotten us frustrated at some point or the other. It was unveiled in 2017 and was expected to hit the roads in 2020, but Tesla made it clear that the Roadster is not its priority and it will arrive later.

Although its arrival date is pushed to 2022 for now, we do get constant updates about it every now and then. This time, it comes from none other than the CEO himself about the Roadster going to Nurburgring. Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter that the Roadster will hit the tarmac on the Green Hell next year. From what we know already, can it set a record?

The Tesla Roadster At The ‘Ring Will Be Insane

The Tesla Roadster Will Try to Straighten The Nürburgring in 2021
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A user asked Musk on Twitter, “Will the roadster arrive at the Nurburgring in 2021?” and Musk replied “Yes”, thus finally confirming that Tesla’s quickest car will attempt to set a record. Late last year, Tesla took a Model S Plaid powertrain prototype to the ‘Ring which is said to have crushed the record set by its rival, the Porsche Taycan. The Taycan had earlier recorded a time of 7:42.

Coming back to the Roadster, the automaker has already said that the base model will hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 1.9 seconds.
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Furthermore, Tesla will even offer a SpaceX option package that will include “around 10 new small rocked thrusters arranged around the car”. This will enable to car to sprint a lot quicker, which wasn’t known until Engineering Explained broke down the math and revealed the 0-60 mph time to be 1.1 seconds! It doesn’t look the Roadster equipped with this package will make it to the Green Hell, but the model will still be a Plaid tri-motor powertrain.

Tesla Roadster 2.0 Performance
0-to-60 mph 1.9 seconds
0-to-100 mph 4.2 seconds
Quarter mile 8.9 seconds
Top speed 250+ mph
Range per charge 620 miles
Battery pack 200 kWh
Electric motors 3 (one in front, two in rear)
Torque 10,000 Nm

Final Thoughts

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There is still no clarity on when the Roadster will be arriving, but Musk hinted during Tesla’s Q2 earnings call a couple of months back that production could begin in 12 to 18 months in California. Perhaps, we’ll get an update on this in the coming months.

How well do you think the Roadster will fare at the Nurburgring? Will it be anywhere around the seven-minute mark? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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