The idea of strapping rockets onto a car seems like something that can only happen in cartoons or our imaginations. A lot of things can go wrong when adding rockets to a car as seen in a certain myth-busting television show; one of the main factors being control of the rockets. One ambitious person however plans to turn that silly concept into reality.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, recently announced on Twitter that the upcoming Tesla Roadster will be offered with a SpaceX option package. According to Musk, the upcoming option package will come with '10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around car.' The rocket engine options are said to 'dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering.' That said, he also mentions that he hopes the rocket-powered option for the Roadster would even “allow a Tesla to fly.”
For those thinking that these are some outrageous claims, Musk has also done so before and turned them into reality. Furthermore, he is also the CEO of SpaceX which has already developed highly advanced reusable rockets. Musk's advancements with rocket technology could mean that fitting them onto a road-going vehicle may not be impossible at all.
Unsurprisingly, there are still no details regarding the SpaceX package for the Tesla Roadster. It is uncertain whether the the rocket-powered option will be available at the Roadster's launch by 2020.
In review, the standard, non-rocket assisted Tesla Roadster is already claimed to have 10,000 Nm of torque produced by three electric motors. The open-top EV can go from 0 to 97km/h in just 1.9 seconds and reach a top speed of over 400 km/h. It is said to have a 200 kWh battery which can give it a 1,000 km range from a single charge.