Elon Musk promises performance beyond recently revealed Ludicrous Mode

A new Tesla Roadster will be launched in 2019, company boss Elon Musk has confirmed. 

The first generation Tesla Roadster was revealed in 2006, and went on sale in 2008. Around 2500 Roadsters were sold globally, based around the underpinnings of the Lotus Elise. Production ended in 2012, since when the firm has concentrated on producing battery, aero and tyre enhancements for existing cars.

Musk revealed that a new Roadster was in development for 2019 while announcing the new Ludicrous Mode for the Tesla Model S, which gives the car sufficient power to achieve 0-60mph in 2.8secs.

Referring to that, Musk said: “There is of course only one thing beyond ludicrous, but that speed is reserved for the next generation Roadster in four years.”

Although Musk gave no further details, the next-generation Roadster is expected to be based around a shortened version of the Model S’s architecture rather than using a bought-in chassis. Taking advantage of battery development enhancements, it is expected to have pace to trouble the very fastest supercars, as well as enough range for everyday use.

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20 July 2015

At their current rate of progress, Tesla potentially looks like the car maker that will slip one under the royal two second mark.

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