Elon Musk Says He Wants The New Tesla Roadster To Hover

Elon Musk Says He Wants The New Tesla Roadster To Hover

Tesla CEO Elon Musk had previously touted the idea of using a rocket thruster package to increase the speed of the second-generation Tesla. Now he says he’s considering using them to make the Tesla Roadster hover.


Musk made the revelation while speaking to podcaster Joe Rogan in a new episode of the Joe Rogan Experience. The episode was released on Thursday 11th February 2020.


I want it to hover, and I was trying to figure out how to make this thing hover without, you know, killing people. Maybe it can hover like a meter above the ground or something like that. If you plummet it’ll blow out the suspension but you’re not gonna die,” Musk said.

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The idea is next-gen, like most of Musk’s plans, however, if Tesla makes the Roadster Hover, there are bound to have issues with regulators. The new Tesla Roadster is set to be on the market in 2020 and it would be interesting to see if they can make it happen in that time.


For example, Tesla’s redesigned Model S sedan and Model X SUV which the company announced in January 2021, features a U-shaped yoke steering wheel which reportedly appeared as a surprise to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The vehicles will also automatically shift between the park, reverse, neutral, and drive.


Rogan also asked Musk if the steering wheel was legal in the interview.

Yeah, I mean they use a yoke in Formula One,” Musk said.

“Yeah, but you’re not on the highway in a Formula One car. I like driving like this, resting my hand on the top of the wheel,” Rogan responded.

“Well, Autopilot is getting good enough that you won’t need to drive most of the time. I find you can rest your hand on your knee… it works great,” Musk said.



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