Rocket-powered Tesla Roadster may fly, Elon Musk says

Based on Musk's tweet, adding new features to Tesla's Autopilot functionality will be the centerpiece of the update in August. Taking to Twitter, Musk said that the next-gen Roadster may include a SpaceX package that will feature approximately "10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around vehicle".

CleanTechnica's Steve Hanley reports the SpaceX version of the vehicle would be able to reach 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds and will have a top speed of more than 250 miles per hour.

Tesla has been garnering more criticism as it burns through cash and has suffered from a significant amount of production delays.

"Not saying the next gen Roadster special upgrade package *will* definitely enable it to fly short hops, but maybe...", Musk later added. However, as Hanley notes, these capabilities have yet to be demonstrated.

Yet Musk wants no question about the Roadster's superiority, telling the audience at the shareholder's meeting, "It's important for us to show with the Roadster that an electric vehicle can outperform a gasoline auto in every way".

"The air exiting the thrusters would immediately be replenished whenever vehicle pack power draw allowed operation of the air pump, which is most of the time", Musk wrote on Twitter.

The specs on Tesla's next-gen Roadster are already jaw-dropping.

Tesla unveiled the new Roadster in November.

Tesla Inc. (TSLA) is rolling out the next version of its software in August, and it will include a focus on self-driving features, CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet.

With what Musk calls "full self-driving features" the vehicle will be able to drive itself.

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