The brand developed one of the greatest tributes of man to the automotive industry, a masterpiece of mechanics and engineering that symbolizes the desire and dream of innovation of humanity.
At 3:45 on Tuesday afternoon, history was being written at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
From the same place where Apollo 11 took off with the dream of taking the man to the Moon, in the middle of a shuddering noise, hundreds of spectators and a cloud of smoke and flames, the Falcon Heavy was propelled towards the sky: the most powerful in the world.
This 70-meter-high spacecraft has 27 engines that generate a thrust force of 5 million pounds, equivalent to the 100,000 engines of the IndyCar. It can also carry a cargo of up to 64 tons into space, which means that it could carry approximately eight adult elephants.
It is poetic that for this inaugural flight the only object that transported the Falcon Heavy to space – more precisely, to the orbit of Mars – was a Tesla Roadster: the fast sports car that 12 years ago represented the passage of man to a new era in terms of mobility.
This car that today goes to the Martian orbit debuted before the public on July 19, 2006, in Santa Monica, California. Since it was unveiled, the first-born of the American manufacturer surprised with its high level of innovation, as it presented a revolution of the concept that was then had on electric vehicles.
By leaving the aesthetic lines not the very popular type of this class of cars, the Roadster denied the paradigm that sentenced electric vehicles to be unattractive in terms of design.
The exterior of the Roadster was identical to that of the model icon of Lotus, Elise, as Tesla had established an agreement with the British manufacturer to supply him with 2,500 bodies to build his car. While the exterior was a “loan”, another was the history of the genetic code of this sports car. Apart from its external appearance, the Elise and the Tesla only shared 6% of its components.
In February 2008, a year and a half after the sports car was shown to the public, Elon Musk, the emblematic director of Tesla and Space X, became the first person to receive a Roadster from the production line. of Menlo Park, California.
This first edition of the sports car produced 248 horsepower and had a torque of 273 lb/ft. Soon after, Tesla introduced the Sports variant. This, while maintaining horsepower, increased torque to 295 lb/ft and accelerated from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.7 seconds, 2 tenths faster than the base model.
The battery system of this Tesla was named by the brand as the energy storage system. This, which was responsible for driving the car’s electric motor, was composed of 6,831 lithium-ion cells.
Referring to his driving experience on the Roadster, Jeremy Clarkson, host of the major auto show The Grand Tour said at the time: “Almighty God! Say goodbye to the world of dialing and greet the world of the broadband engine. This car is biblically fast! ”
Another factor that made the first edition of the Roadster amazing was its level of consumption. It was as efficient as many gasoline vehicles and in a single load could travel up to 392 kilometers.
By 2012, the 2,500 cars that were manufactured had already been sold. However, the termination of the contract with Lotus in December 2011 meant that the production of the first generation of the Roadster would end.
The eldest son of Tesla left an impressive legacy in the motor world. His withdrawal marked the end of a chapter for the US company and although then its director, Elon Musk, did not rule out the return of the Roadster to the portfolio of the brand, a prompt reinstatement was not anticipated.
During the years following the departure of the sports car, the American manufacturer introduced new models to its ranks. In 2012 he started the production of his luxury electric saloon, the Tesla Model S. In 2015 the Model X arrived and at the beginning of 2017 they presented their most affordable model to date, the Model 3.
In November of last year, Elon Musk took the auto industry by surprise by revealing the return of the Tesla Roadster.
The second generation of the car designed by the American Franz von Holzhausen is true to its predecessor. Innovation makes up its DNA and is a vehicle that, in the same way, that the first Roadster did, challenges paradigms.
Although elegant, minimalist and sporty on the outside, in his heart this car is exciting, fast and innovative from any perspective. It will have an extraordinary autonomy of 1,000 kilometers per cargo – a distance similar to that between Bogotá and Cartagena – and will reach 100 km / h in 1.9 seconds, which would make it the fastest production car in the world, more than the fastest Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche or Bugatti.
The Roadster proves that a fast and sporty car does not necessarily have to have an exuberant design to be exciting. It is precisely the discreet subtlety of its exterior, which disguises its vivid and intimidating heart, which makes the new Roadster a unique iron in its kind.
Referring to his most recent vehicle creation, Elon Musk said at its launch: “The objective of doing this car is to give a blunt blow to gasoline vehicles. Soon, a sports car will feel like a steam engine. ”
The first thousand units of the newly launched convertible electric sports car will be sold at a price of US $ 250,000 – approximately $ 695 million – and are expected to roll down the streets by 2020.
The Tesla Roadster is not a simple car. It is perhaps one of the greatest tributes of man to the automotive industry. At 39,000 kilometers per hour, a scarlet convertible travels towards the Martian orbit: the first Roadster produced. Meanwhile, at an incalculable speed, comes to Earth, from the hand of Tesla and Elon Musk, the future.