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Bugatti CEO counters Musk: Tesla Roadster ahead of acceleration record?

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Bugatti CEO counters Musk: Tesla Roadster ahead of acceleration record?

Elon Musk says the new Tesla Roadster will have a record-breaking acceleration, but exactly how is unclear.


This is a machine translation of an article from our US colleagues at Business Insider. It was automatically translated and checked by a real editor.

According to Elon Musk, the new Tesla Roadster will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in record time.

That’s technically possible, says Bugatti CEO Mate Rimac, but there could be some design compromises.

The Rimac Nevera holds the current 0-60 acceleration record for production vehicles.

Elon Musk’s ambitious new promises for the long-awaited Tesla Roadster have caused a stir – including among the CEO of Bugatti. Last week, Musk announced on X, formerly Twitter, that Tesla had radically increased the design goals for the new Tesla Roadster. The new standards include acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour (roughly 100 km/h) in less than a second – which would be a world record. While these numbers are staggering, they are technically feasible, according to Mate Rimac, CEO of Bugatti Rimac.

Rimac’s own electric sports car, the Nevera, set the current record for 0-60 second acceleration last year – 1.71 seconds, according to Road & Track. “It is possible with engines,” admitted Rimac in a response to a Facebook comment under a photo of the engine of the new Bugatti sports car Chiron, “we did the simulation.” However, the Croatian car manager added that there are some disadvantages could have accelerated so quickly. “The problem is,” he said, “that you let the air out in two to three seconds, and then you have a lot of dead weight that you’re carrying around (tanks, compressor, valves, jets, etc.).”

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Nonetheless, the Bugatti CEO said that thrusters are “really the only way to go,” as alternative methods of acceleration, such as suction fan technology, would be too impractical. Although some sports cars already incorporated suction fans, Rimac rejected this technology due to the roadster’s weight and the “massive” equipment required. Musk didn’t elaborate on how the Roadster would be equipped to break Rimac’s record, saying only that acceleration was the “least interesting part.” Previously, the Tesla Roadster was quoted as having an acceleration of 1.9 seconds to 60 mph, a figure that can still be found on Tesla’s website.

Production design of the second-generation Tesla Roadster is complete, according to Musk, who added that the company expects to officially unveil the vehicle by the end of the year. Tesla wants to start delivering the first series models in 2025. “I think it could be the best product demonstration ever,” he added. It’s not the first time that the Tesla CEO has made big promises. Tesla faced criticism last year after Cybertruck drivers pointed out that many of its specifications, including range and price, did not match its original announcements.

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