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Drivers, Start Your Rocket Thrusters

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As he continues to push the limits of what his creations can do, Elon Musk recently announced that a new option package for his Tesla Roadster would include small, rocket-like thrusters. And Musk teased his announcement one step further by saying that the thrusters might possibly "allow a Tesla to fly ...".

Specifically, Musk tweeted, "SpaceX option package for new Tesla Roadster will include ~10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around car. These rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering."

Tesla followers might remember that Musk attracted media attention earlier this year when it was revealed that his own Tesla Roadster had been launched into space by one of his rockets. So the announcement that he might add actual rocket thrusters to the new incarnation of the Roadster, due sometime in 2020, follows somewhat naturally. For Musk and Company, anyway.

New Atlas reports that the thrusters aren't going to be bona fide rockets. Instead, they'll be COPV bottles, which are more or less extremely high-pressure air canisters. NA adds, "The additions are promised to dramatically improve acceleration for the already insanely fast Roadster, which will be able to zip from standstill to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds sans 'rocket' boost."

To be able to include the air canisters in the Roadster, though, the rear seats will have to go -- not such a great loss, says NA, since those have been described by Musk as spacious enough only for children.

And, despite the challenges sometimes attendant to parenthood, it's a pretty safe bet that no one would want their children crammed into the back of a car right alongside devices meant to dramatically boost the car's performance.


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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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