Tesla has Ferrari in its sights with the successor to the Roadster. The new car is set to arrive in 2017, and will be even faster than the original car, which managed 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds and a 245-mile range.
While the Roadster was based on the Lotus Elise, which was never intended for electrification, the new sports car will use a new ‘skateboard’ – Tesla-speak for platform – engineered from the start for EV use. It also underpins the new Model S saloon and the Model X crossover, due in 2014.
The new platform will offer advantages including better weight distribution, more interior space and a range that is expected to easily exceed the original’s 245-mile figure.
The new two-seater is likely to follow the current Tesla naming convention and be sold as the Model R when it goes on sale.