Tesla Roadster 3.0

After details about the Tesla Roadster 3.0 were released late last year, Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk has announced that the updated Roadster will be available in August.

Musk confirmed on Twitter that safety validation for the Tesla Roadster 3.0 should be completed by the end of July meaning the updated electric sports car should hit the market the following month.

The key point of difference between the Roadster 3.0 and previous Roadster versions is its improved battery pack. That new battery pack will have a range of about 400 miles. Beyond the improved battery pack, the Tesla Roadster 3.0 also features revised aerodynamics and improvements to the rolling resistance.

The original Roadster had a drag coefficient of 0.36 but that has been improved by 15 per cent to 0.31 with a retrofit aero kit. On the rolling resistance side of things, the original cars had a rolling resistance of 11.0 kg/ton. Thanks to new tyres however, a 20 per cent improvement has been achieved to bring the figure down to 8.9 kg/ton.

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