Tesla design chief: Roadster better than concept "in every way"
The prototypes are claimed to be capable of hitting 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and topping out at 250 mph.
Tesla's chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, has reaffirmed Elon Musk's claim that the production Roadster will be better than the development prototypes.
Speaking on Tesla podcast Ride the Lightning, von Holzhausen noted that the design and engineering teams have been directed to make the production product an all-around improvement over the initial prototype builds.
"All of the products we've developed over time have gotten better ... from the initial idea to it going into production," he said. "[The Roadster] is evolving. It will be even better than what we've unveiled ... in every way."
The next-gen Roadster is already claimed to be capable of accelerating to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds and topping out at 250 mph, despite a massive 200-kWh battery that can keep driving for more than 600 miles on a single charge.
Musk has boldly declared the new Roadster will serve an "ultimate smackdown" on gasoline vehicles, including seven-figure supercars. Borrowing tech from SpaceX, the car will feature unprecedented cold-gas thrusters to improve performance and cornering.
The company until now has been shy of Nurburgring laps, as the Model S shamed supercars on the drag strip but could not finish an entire lap of the Green Hell without entering a reduced-power mode and crawling to the finish. The latest Mode S powertrain, known as Plaid, aims to beat the Taycan's lap record by around 20 seconds.
Targeted for production next year, the Plaid architecture will be used in both the Model S and new Roadster, suggesting the latter may be closing in on its market launch.