Emile Bouret, the man behind the wheel of the next-gen Roadster during the vehicle’s test drives last November, recently called on all car enthusiasts to support the upcoming all-electric supercar. According to the veteran test driver, vehicles like the next-generation Roadster have the potential to make the automotive world a “better place,” considering that it would likely trigger a race to make cars that are even more impressive.
Bouret has worked with Tesla since the company’s early days. A close friend of Tesla chief designer Franz von Holzhausen and a 28-year veteran of the auto industry, Bouret has been asked to test drive the electric car makers’ vehicles from the original Tesla Roadster and the Model S. During his interview with YouTube’s VINwiki channel, Bouret admitted that he does not really understand the hate being directed towards the next-gen Tesla Roadster.
“I love that I live in a world where all these cars exist. You have Koenigseggs and Paganis and Ferraris and Lamborghinis and McLarens and Porsches and Rimacs and Teslas. So, I know there’s a lot of hate out there, but I just don’t understand it. If you’re a car person, wouldn’t you root for everybody? I’m definitely rooting for them because the world will be a better place if that car does get built and it gets on the road, because other people are gonna build cars to beat it — and we’re gonna win.”
The next-generation Tesla Roadster gave the auto industry a massive surprise when Elon Musk unveiled the vehicle last November. The all-electric supercar’s claimed specs, after all, including its 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds, it’s quarter-mile time of 8.8 seconds, and its range of 620 miles per charge, have caused some controversy among conventional car enthusiasts. Among the most prominent points of skepticism include speed limitations because of the vehicle’s tires, as well as battery technology that is yet to be attained.
Tesla, however, has assured that the specs announced for the next-gen Roadster are actually conservative. According to Bouret, the upcoming all-electric supercar’s figures related by Elon Musk were not theoretical. They were the actual numbers that their tests have shown.
“Those aren’t theoretical. Those aren’t calculations. We’ve done those numbers. And I probably shouldn’t say that those numbers are even conservative, but they are. That thing is going to be a proper weapon,” he said.
The pervading doubts cast on the next-generation Tesla Roadster’s speed and range are understandable, considering that no other vehicle on the road today boasts comparable specs and performance. Over the past few months, however, Tesla has been dropping hints that the company does have all the necessary resources it needs to attain, or even surpass, the vehicle’s specs that were announced last November.
Just last month, for example, Elon Musk openly discussed the idea of using some of SpaceX’s technology to augment the performance capabilities of the next-generation Tesla Roadster. According to Musk, the upcoming supercar would use Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessels (COPV), which are used by SpaceX’s Falcon rockets during re-entry and landing, to help the car’s acceleration and maneuverability. As we noted in a previous report, the seemingly outlandish idea is actually feasible.
As for the next-gen Roadster’s battery technology, Tesla CTO JB Straubel discussed it best during the company’s Q1 2018 earnings call. While addressing a question about the Tesla Semi’s range, Straubel noted that much of the doubts behind the company’s estimated range for its vehicles comes from a misunderstanding of the company’s battery tech.
“I think the key point is that it doesn’t require a dramatic breakthrough. So there’s a fundamental misunderstanding, I think, of what the current technology in our existing products can actually do. If they’re benchmarking sort of the best battery pack they can buy from a supplier, and then mapping that with what the Semi could do, it doesn’t solve. I think that’s maybe where most of it is coming from, but we basically have what we need in-house, and understand how to do those specs today,” Straubel said.
The next-generation Tesla Roadster is expected to enter production sometime in 2020. Test drives for the vehicle are expected to begin late next year.
Watch Emile Bouret’s discussion of the next-generation Tesla Roadster in the video below.