A Youtuber has mounted 3 thrusters on his Tesla S to test their performance, while waiting for the official option on Tesla’s future Roadster.
Among Tesla’s future models is the Cybertruck, which Elon Musk has just said will have four-wheel steering to ” spin around like a tank “. But there is also the Roadster, an electric racing vehicle. Its release date is not specified, but Tesla has already claimed that an option with “ten boosters” will be offered on the future sports car electric. An impatient Youtuber wanted to test what it would give in preview, before the still undetermined release of the Roadster.
He equips his electric Tesla with three rocket motors in the back
Matt Mikka, Youtube channel Warped Perception, stuck three rocket boosters on the back of his Tesla Model S. The result seems well-designed (Mikka is an expert in this kind of modification), but looks a bit like the imaginary machines of the animated characters of “Flying Wheels”, or the batmobile jet engine from the 1966 TV series. Jet engines attached to a car, it’s a bit like a child drawing a rocket car. And yet, Matt Mikka did it.
After all, Tesla wants to make it an official option on its future Roadster, so why not test the effects on a current production model? He wondered if adding three jet engines would significantly improve the performance of the electric car. In the video below, it shows the effects of boosters in terms of acceleration and speed through various road tests, including the whistle of airplane turbines.
Jet engines on Tesla: one second less to reach 100 km/h
The personalized set comprising three booster reactors arranged behind the trunk was first tested alone, without the original electric motor. By activating only two of the three reactors, his Tesla Model S P85 was able to reach (and maintain) around 100 km/h on the highway. Did he then try to slow it down with the carbon ceramic brake kit, offered as an option on the $20,000 Model S? The video does not specify.
Matt Mikka then tested the motors in a straight line, this time with the electric motor plus all three thrusters activated. The Tesla Model S then takes a second less than normal to reach 100 km / h. On paper, this small second doesn’t seem like much, but it can make all the difference in significantly outpacing its opponents at the start of a sports competition.