Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a rare and welcomed reference to the next generation Roadster last month after the upcoming vehicle was surprisingly left out of Musk’s product plan last year. He confirmed that the vehicle is still planned, but “a few years away”.
In the meantime, designers are attempting to envision what the vehicle could look like based on the original Tesla Roadster and the automaker’s evolving design language. Today, we might be looking at the most impressive one yet.
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The first generation Tesla Roadster already managed amazing performance for the time, electric vehicle or not, but Tesla’s Model S pushed the performance not only in the sedan segment but also for supercars.
Now Tesla is expected to bring what they learned from the Model S and X to a next generation 2-seater with the highest performance of any of Tesla’s vehicles yet.
In continuation of Tesla referencing the movie ‘Spaceballs’ for its performance modes, like ‘Ludicrous mode’, CEO Elon Musk said that the automaker is reserving the ‘Maximum Plaid’ mode for the next generation Tesla Roadster.
We already know that a lighter Model S can result in a truly astonishing acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in roughly 2.0 seconds and therefore, we would expect Tesla to achieve something that could not only be a sport roadster, like the original vehicle, but possible also a true supercar.
Starting with this idea, German-based designer Jan Peisert tried to envision the next generation Tesla Roadster with an unofficial render hopefully named ‘2019 Tesla Roadster P100D’:
“In 2006, Tesla revealed the first high range electric sportscar. It’s time for version 2.0 – the fastest, lightest and coolest Tesla model so far as Musk stated. Key features are the electric butterfly doors inspired by the Lykan Hypersport, equipped with the P100D powertrain from the Model S, this super-sportscar drives straight into the clean future of fast mobility.”
It would actually be the Roadster 4.0, if we want to be specific, since Tesla released an updated version of the vehicle when it was in production, which it named Roadster 2.0, and the battery pack upgrade released last year was called Roadster 3.0 battery pack – also ‘Roadster R80’.
It’s also doubtful that Tesla could fit a 100 kWh battery pack in a chassis of the size of a roadster, but maybe the energy density will have improved enough by then. Who knows?
What is clear is that Peisert managed to make a render that looks more like a Tesla than the original Tesla Roadster did, but of course, the Tesla Roadster was built on a Lotus Elise glider and before Franz von Holzhausen became Tesla’s head of design and shaped the company’s design language.
Let us know what you think of Peisert’s render in the comment section below.
Here he showed how he made it: