Tesla may not have a solid delivery date for when it’s delivering its full-sized second generation Roadsters (currently 2021-ish), but the company today began selling a $250 1:18 scale model made from the same 3D CAD data as the real car. It is so detailed that we might be able to learn some new things about the full sized car here… like, look at that hatchback for instance…
Roadster final form
First of all, the fact that Tesla is making this means that it will very closely resemble the final form. The full-sized prototype that we’ve seen already (and even test rode), which looks almost exactly like this down to the colors, will likely be the final form. While the Model 3 was almost completely similar to its prototypes, the Model S and X both changed quite a bit, particularly in the nose area from prototype to final.
Hatchback first look
Additionally, I don’t think I’ve had a good look at the hatchback open like in the picture above. I also haven’t gotten a good look at the rear seats, but people who plunk down $250 are going to have a much better look at the interior.
Here’s the most we’ve seen of the hatchback in this video from the launch event from Youtuber Bjorn Nyland:
Tesla Roadster 2 dimensions
Also with the 1:18 scale model, made from the same 3D CAD drawings as the full-sized vehicle, it spans 252 mm long x 109.5 mm wide x 70 mm high. With those dimensions we can get rough dimensions of the final product size. Getting out the ol’ calculator, we get 4,536 mm long x 1,972 mm wide x 1,260 mm high. That’s 14.88 feet long x 6.5 feet wide and just over 4 feet tall.
I’m not certain we can do anything with that 0.875 Kg (1.925 lbs) weight.
Best of all, it’s a damn fine looking automobile. Are you getting one (the model)? Let us know in the comments.
From Tesla Store’s description:
Officially commissioned by Tesla, the Roadster 2.0 diecast scale model was meticulously overseen by the Tesla Design Team. Every detail, curve, and surface was replicated from the same 3D CAD data used to manufacture the actual Roadster.
The 1:18 scale Roadster features:
- Over 180 metal and plastic parts
- Detailed interior
- Diecast metal
- All doors and trunk open
- Convertible roof
- Rubber tires
- Steerable wheels
- Carpeted trunk and interior
- Seat belts made of fabric
- Dimensions: 252 mm long x 109.5 mm wide x 70 mm high
- Weight: 0.875 Kg (1.925 lbs)
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