Musk says that the SpaceX package could contain as many as 10 thrusters "arranged seamlessly around the auto".
Exactly which self-driving features will be rolled out in the update remain to be seen, but speaking with Tesla, the brand suggest the aforementioned features won't turn Level 2 autonomous vehicles into fully self-driving, Level 5 cars overnight. But since the 2020 Roadster is promised to have a single charge range of 620 miles, that's unlikely to bother owners too much. It looks like with Tesla, Musk is going to outclass gasoline cars in every way, even it means to use some rocketry.
Elon Musk responded on Twitter saying: "Sigh". The mentioned specifications were apparently for the "base version" of the next-gen Roadster.
The electric auto company unveiled the new all-electric Roadster alongside its Semi truck last November.
"The software update is good news", said analyst Chaim Siegel from Elazar Advisors, adding the stock was still benefiting from last week's prediction by Musk that it would finally hit its production target for its Model 3 sedan. Musk called the new Tesla Roadster a "smackdown" to conventional auto companies, and after taking a look at the specs, I think he has a point. The Tesla product architect revealed that version 9 of Autopilot will aim to fix that issue.
The reason behind including rocket thrusters to Tesla's next-generation Roadster is to "dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking and cornering". The rear wheels are powered by one motor each, while the front wheels share power from another motor, and all three combine to give the new Roadster 10,000 Nm of torque - frankly ridiculous number.
There's no denying the Tesla Roadster's incredible performance, but the timing of the vehicle is just as interesting as the technology inside it. Production delays mean Tesla has been on the back foot and depending on your confidence in the company, the Tesla Roadster can be seen as a fightback or a decoy.