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Musk’s update came as a response to Tesla owner and noted YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee, who candidly asked the Tesla CEO to bring the next-generation Roadster to the Nürburgring. Musk replied that the lightning-fast all-electric sports car would hit the pinnacle of automotive testing located in West Germany next year.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 11, 2019
A run on the Nürburgring will most definitely establish the new Tesla Roadster as the vehicle to beat in terms of performance. During the vehicle’s unveiling, Musk noted that the all-electric supercar is designed to be a “hardcore smackdown” to gasoline-powered automobiles. Musk followed this up during his appearance at the Ride the Lightning podcast, fondly stating that “We’re going to do things with the new Roadster that are kind of unfair to other cars. (It’s) crushingly good relative to the next best gasoline sports car.”
The original Roadster was Tesla’s first production model, manufactured from 2008 to 2012. It was the very first production car that used lithium-ion battery cells and was also one of the first fully-battery powered cars that were capable of traveling over 200 miles per charge. The revamp was announced in November 2017 and is expected to have an ultra-fast 1.9 second 0-60 mph time, with a top speed of over 250 mph and a 620 mile (997 km) range from its powerful 200 kWh battery. Musk has stated that the car will be able to travel further than 1,000 kilometers on a single charge.
Tesla has indicated that the new Roadster will be available for purchase in 2020, following the initial sales of the Tesla Model Y. The next-gen version of the car, dubbed by Tesla as the “quickest car in the world with record-setting acceleration, range and performance,” will feature several variants, one of which will be a “SpaceX Package” that will quite literally use rocket technology that is also used in Elon Musk’s private space enterprise.
The next-generation Roadster’s run at the nearly 13-mile track will be preceded by its more family-oriented sibling, the Model S Performance. After a “great” run by the Porsche Taycan at the German track in late August, Musk announced on September 5 that its flagship sedan, the Model S, would be completing laps at the iconic raceway on the week of September 8, 2019.
Roadblocks have caused the exact date of the test to become a mystery. Musk has stated that the Model S is already at the Nürburgring, but the vehicle will not test for an official time this week due to tuning and safety precautions needing that need to be resolved. Musk did indicate that the EV will be hitting the pavement in the near future, with former Formula One Champion Nico Roseberg behind the wheel.