The Tesla Roadster
This is going to be more of a fun post, not really a finance or bitcoin one…
I was listening to Joe Rogan’s second podcast with Elon Musk and it reminded me of a few things, as well as inspiring a prediction that I think will turn out to be right. Anyone who knows me knows I admire Tesla quite a bit, but most people don’t know why. So first, a quick backstory.
In 2009, with some good luck and good friends my wife and I had the good fortune to attend the Cannes Film festival. Back then, nobody knew or cared about Tesla but I had been reading with interest about what they were doing for awhile, and I loved the engineering going on there. Lo and behold, I spotted one near a hotel near the Palais.
I stopped in my tracks and started talking to my friends about how amazing it was to see one and happened to be walking to the left of a gentleman who overheard me. Not only was he the driver of the car, but he was the European head of Tesla engineering and he informed me that this was the first one in Europe (they were there at the film festival to try and get it in various movies).
He offered me the chance to drive it. Unbelievable. Even though I was a trader at the time, it still paid to talk out loud like a nerd. So it came to be that one of the favorite moments of my life was driving the first Tesla in Europe around Cannes, France. Here are some obnoxious pictures for proof:
So it was with great nostalgia as I listened to the end of Joe Rogan’s podcast yesterday, when Elon talks about the next generation roadster which promises a 0–60 in 1.9 seconds.
That car would have breathtaking (literally) performance. But Elon dropped a hint that this would be the “base” model, and that they would be doing some “unfair” stuff by porting rocket technology to the higher end models. Of course, he couldn’t say more until the official unveil.
I have a pretty good sense of what that would look like. It’ll essentially be a jet engine. Air is a lot more dense at sea level than it is at 30,000 feet. Electric motors provide instant torque, unlike gasoline motors that require some time to spool up.
At the point you can accelerate 0–60 in 1.9 seconds with an electric motor, you could conceivably compress the air and ignite it with a tiny bit of regular gasoline (ironic, given that Tesla is all electric) and then the exhaust gasses could conceivably give a kick to get 0–60 nearer to 1 second flat. That would be an unbelievable experience to the people in the car, something close to what fighter jet pilots have to deal with, G force wise.
I might be wrong, but I hope I’m right. Time to get on the waiting list for that car that happens to be a jet, too…