Tesla CEO Elon Musk elicited quite a bit of skepticism when he boasted in June 2017 that the electric automaker’s next-generation Roadster would be able to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in under two seconds — a feat that Musk said would make the vehicle the “fastest production car ever.”
Now, a Tesla test driver is saying Musk’s boast might have even been “conservative.”
“I think I can say without getting in trouble that those are actual figures,” says Emile Bouret, who says he's test-driven the new Roadster.
"Those aren’t theoretical. Those aren’t calculations. We’ve done those numbers," Bouret says in a video interview posted to the VINwiki YouTube page on Tuesday. "And I probably shouldn’t say that those numbers are even conservative, but they are.
“That thing is going to be a proper weapon."
The new sports car is not expected to be available until 2020, but experts have already voiced reservations about the new Roadster's so-called “Maximum Plaid” speed mode.
A mechanical engineer at YouTube channel Engineering Explained even made a video in November arguing that no car tires can get enough traction to go from zero to 60 mph faster than 2.05 seconds, while other experts suggested there would need to be advancements in tire technology in order for the Roadster’s speedy feat to take place by 2020.
But Tesla’s upcoming Roadster update may have them all beat, according to Bouret.