Revisiting the Original Tesla Roadster
The Tesla Roadster is the company’s very first car. Production started in 2008 and was discontinued in 2012.
It is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96) km/h in 3.7 seconds. It was also able to travel more than 320 kilometers (approximately 198 miles) per charge.
The vehicle was assembled in 2 locations: Hethel, United Kingdom, and Menlo Park, California.
According to papers filed with the SEC, there were approximately 2,450 Tesla Roadster delivered to customers in over 30 countries.
The 2008 Roadster was not destined to be mass-produced. Back in the mid-2000s, Tesla was nowhere near the industrial juggernaut that it is today.
The company’s first car needed to be a limited-production one. From a commercial standpoint, auto manufacturing is based on high-volume production to keep costs low. This requires considerable capital expenditures, such as land acquisition, building factories etc.
At that time, Tesla was still a startup company, and did not have access to considerable financial resources. The company thus opted for low-volume production and built the Roadster.
Whilst the original Roadster is not remembered for its commercial performance, it marked a watershed moment for the EV industry. The Roadster, for all intents and purposes, paved the way for the democratization of Electric Vehicles.
Enter the Tesla Roadster v2.0!
The second-generation Tesla Roadster is set to disrupt the sports car market when it launches.
It was first unveiled as a concept in November 2017. Musk has outlined set specs that will be impressive to say the least.
The Roadster will be capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, and 0-100 mph in 4.2 seconds. It will offer a top speed of more than 400 km/h. It will have a 200 kWh battery pack and will be aiming for a staggering range of 1000 kilometers.
Regarding seating capacity, the Roadster will have four seats. The rear two seats will be smaller than the front two.
As far as pricing goes, the base model will be sold at $200,000 per unit. The first 1,000 units, known as the Founder’s Series, will be sold at $250,000 each.
Elon Musk Underselling the Specs?
Professional driver and car designer Emile Bouret stated that the Tesla CEO is actually underselling the vehicle’s specs.
In an interview with the YouTube channel VINwiki, Bouret said the following: “I know there is some skepticism about the figures that Elon quoted that day.”
Bouret added that “those are actual figures”, and “not theoreticals or calculations”. Bouret described the revamped Roadster as a “proper weapon”.
As previously stated, it is the first all-electric car to use li-ion batteries. These batteries can be recharged hundreds of times and are more stable than other types of rechargeable batteries. They also have a higher energy density, voltage capacity and have low maintenance costs.
Fast forward twelve years: things have changed drastically. Tesla is now the most valuable auto manufacturer in the world by market cap, surging past established auto giants such as Toyota, Volkswagen and General Motors.
CEO Elon Musk announced that the revamped version of Tesla’s first-ever vehicle, will be driven at the Nürburgring in 2021.
The Nürburgring is one of the most well-known racetracks in the world. It has been nicknamed “The Green Hell” by famous Formula 1 diver, Sir Jackie Stewart.
It was once the main venue for the German Grand Prix as part of the Formula One World Championship. Prior to its renovation, the track was notoriously dangerous and has resulted in 78 confirmed fatalities.
And now, the Nürburgring will serve as a testing track for Tesla’s upcoming all-electric sports car.
Some Extra Incentives
Pre-orders for the Roadster began in 2017, when it was first unveiled as a concept. Customers were required to pay a $50,000 deposit.
The Tesla Referral Program, however, will probably encourage clients to make a purchasing decision.
Any owner of a Tesla vehicle can share a referral code or a referral link with prospective Tesla buyers.
If a buyer uses either one to purchase or lease a Tesla Roadster, both the buyer and the referrer get a reward or a bonus.
Some owners have more than 50 confirmed referrals. This qualifies them to obtain a 100% rebate toward a future Roadster purchase!
The original Roadster was able to put Tesla on the automaking map. The second-generation version, with its beefed-up driving range and higher level of performance, could catapult the company into the stratosphere.
If the vehicle performs as advertised, Tesla would be implementing a viable, mass-market all-electric sports car.
The Nürburgring racetrack could well be the first major demonstration of its potential.