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Elon Musk has said a lot about the second-generation Tesla Roadster over the last five years, but it is still a long way from production. The Roadster’s delayed release hasn’t stopped one talented designer from imagining what the ultimate version of a Tesla hypercar could look like.
The Tesla SpaceX Model R is the finished product of Maximilian Schneider, a German designer who has previously worked at Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, and HiPhi, and has recently launched the Design to the Max YouTube channel. The wild hypercar expands on Musk’s claim that the Roadster could be equipped with rocket boosters, but goes even further.
The first consideration is the design. The Tesla SpaceX Model R has nothing in common with the Roadster and thus appears far more radical. It has the shape of a prototype racer rather than a traditional street car, with LED headlights neatly incorporated into the bulging front wheel arches.
The glass cockpit has been placed quite far forward in the car, and the aerodynamic wheel covers are also eye-catching. Massive aerodynamic fins on the rear quarter panels continue the radical bodywork and shape of the SpaceX Model R.
Schneider’s dream Tesla hypercar would not only have an electric powertrain but also rockets with liquid-hydrogen propellant, resulting in a combined 2,600 hp for the’standard’ car and a top speed of 467 km/h (290 mph), and 2,950 hp for the race-focused variant and a top speed of 526 km/h (327 mph).
It’s not just in a straight line where the SpaceX Model R could be extraordinarily potent. The rocket boosters positioned above each axis would push down independently on each wheel, resulting in cornering forces of up to 4Gs.