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Musk: Tesla Roadster gets hidden rocket nozzle - "completely like James Bond"

It will probably take at least 2022 before the new Tesla Roadster hits the streets. But that doesn't stop CEO Elon Musk from continuing to enthusiastically talk about the electric super sports car, which, according to his earlier statements, should "crush" any combustion engine competition. Next week the Tesla boss will be shown in the auto show Jay Leno’s garage, which among other things was about the roadster. And the broadcaster CNBC has now published another bite from it, which is not completely new, but still whets your appetite.

Agent-style Tesla Roadster

At the beginning, the moderator Leno was a bit ignorant in a conversation with Musk about the roadster: When he heard that the extra-fast Tesla should also be available with rocket engines from SpaceX, he opened his eyes in disbelief - Musk was already in the middle Talked about it for the first time in 2018 and has since repeated it several times. He now assured Leno that he meant it seriously. The roadster got nozzles from which ultra-highly compressed air is pushed, so-called cold gas engines, Musk confirmed earlier statements.

That doesn't sound as hot as the broader but correct English expression "rocket thrusters" used by the Tesla boss, but it is nonetheless. Because the SpaceX thrusters - Musk once stated their number as ten - shouldn't be somehow attached to the roadster, but rather hidden in the 007 style. At least that applies to the main nozzle, said Musk now at Leno, also confirming an earlier statement. And he went into detail for the first time: “The main nozzle will be hidden behind the license plate. It folds down to accelerate, and behind it is the rocket nozzle - complete, so to speak, like James Bond, ”says Musk beaming in the CNBC clip.

Roadster to Tesla Semi / Cybertruck

The fact that Musk spoke of a main nozzle is also confirmation that there shouldn't be just one, as he suspected about the license plate flap according to earlier statements. It is therefore clear that SpaceX's rocket technology should not only help the Ultra-Tesla accelerate with thrust at the rear, but also with nozzles in other places, for example when it comes to traction, which promises faster starts and turns.

Nevertheless, the Tesla CEO, like the rest of the world, will have to wait a little longer for the rocket electric car: Musk has only recently confirmed that the Model Y projects from China and Germany, Tesla Semi and Cybertruck are pending before the roadster, the latter until the end 2021.

Tags: Roadster, SpaceX, Tesla