Tesla Roadster 2020 spied testing at Fremont factory track

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    Tesla’s next-generation Roadster was recently spied testing at the Fremont factory test track. A short video clip, posted to Twitter by Shehryar Khan‏ on February 14, featured the $250,000 all-electric supercar launching off the line. Quite interestingly, the vehicle’s windows were down and brake squeal, common with high-performance carbon ceramic discs, could be heard as the Roadster prototype came to a stop. As the car prepared to accelerate, Khan and his friends wondered if the next-gen Roadster’s driver would go for a full 0-60 mph launch in 1.9 seconds.

    Just a couple of seconds after that, the electric supercar demonstrated its impressive acceleration from a standstill, though the community largely agreed that it wasn’t a full launch test. Especially as it was nowhere near the acceleration that was seen in one Youtuber’s video when they demonstrated what Maximum Plaid mode looks like in real life.



    This week has proven to be quite eventful for fans of the next-generation Roadster. As we mentioned in a previous report, the Tesla Roadster 2020 was recently placed on display at the company’s headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. While the car was not driven around then, photographs of the vehicle were taken and shared online. A Tesla enthusiast who goes by the handle u/Casey_S on Reddit managed to take more than 20 photos of the upcoming vehicle, including its unique steering wheel and what seemed to be cameras mounted on the vehicle’s side aero ducts.

    The next-gen Tesla Roadster is, apart from being the fastest, most impressive vehicle in the California-based firm’s offerings, a successor to the car that started it all for the company. During the reveal of the vehicle last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk emphasized the role the original Roadster played for the electric car maker.

    Looking at the specs of the next-generation Roadster, it seems like the upcoming all-electric supercar will be able to carry Tesla well into the next few years.

    TESLA ROADSTER SPECIFICATIONS



    • 0-60 mph: 1.9 seconds (before upgrades)

      1/4 mile: 8.9 seconds (first time any production car has broken 9 seconds in 1/4 mile)

      Power: 10,000 nm Torque

      Range: 620 miles (998 kilometers)

      Battery size: 200 kWh

      Top speed: 250+ mph

      Production timeline: 2020

      Drivetrain: 3 electric motors

      Seating: 4 passengers in a 2+2 configuration

      Amenities: removable roof

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  2. Roy_H

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    Nice to see it running around two years before production. Lots of time to test and get the bugs out. Tesla has to get away from the mode of selling beta (initial production) cars to early customers so they can identify bugs and report back to the factory for fixing. All major auto manufacturers take about 6 months from first production cars made to first production cars made for sale to the public. They make a small batch, test the hell out of them, make improvements on the line then make another batch and do it again.
     
  3. Pat Free

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    And still no pic of its charging port(s)... Please lift the little door !!! I still bet to find dual plugs inside, a std Tesla Supercharger port at <400V/145kW plus a new MegaCharger port cabled for 1 or may be 2 of the 4 pairs of very strong DC ports used by the Truck.... and expected to run at 800V or more and deliver 320kW to 400kW per pair.... I look forwards to see how the future of high end EVs with 200kWh batteries will look like.
     
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    You'd think that if you were developing an EV with a range of 998km you'd find a way of squeezing in 0.2% more battery!
     
  5. Michael Russo

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    Except they developed it to reach 600 miles... ;)
    Sure you can get to 1,000 kms by being 0.2% less aggressive with ‘hammering’ the Roadster and/or with 0.2% more ‘hypermiling’ the car, as Bjørn Nyland always says in his videos! :D

    May be tough with such a rocket on wheels, I know... :rolleyes:
     
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    I assumed this spec would be measured using some industry-wide standardised methodology and probably therefore already an entirely unrealistic "up to" number with the battery on its very first charge!
     
  7. Michael Russo

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    Well, the EPA is probably the main standard typically referred to by T≡SLA, and it hinges on miles...

    says your km-minded European mod... :D
     

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