Can Tesla's Roadster SpaceX Edition Eclipse Rimac Nevera's Recent Record-Breaking Spree?

By Kevin Armstrong
Musk recently said he expects Tesla to finish designing and engineering the Roadster this year
Musk recently said he expects Tesla to finish designing and engineering the Roadster this year
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Tesla's forthcoming ">Roadster SpaceX Edition, armed with the optional SpaceX Package, could soon make its mark in the electric hypercar realm. The heart of this enhancement is SpaceX's rocket technology, resulting in cold air thrusters positioned around the vehicle for improved acceleration and handling. This addition will allow the supercar to reach a staggering 0-60 mph time of just 1.1 seconds, as confirmed by Elon Musk himself on Twitter.

Rimac Nevera's Unprecedented Hypercar Supremacy

However, while the Roadster SpaceX Edition is an impressive challenger, it is entering a field currently dominated by a formidable adversary: the Rimac Nevera. Born from Rimac Automobili, the Croatian manufacturer that has been pushing the boundaries of electric hypercars since 2009, the Nevera has become the reigning titan of electric hypercars.

The Nevera’s achievement is highlighted by its recent extraordinary performance, shattering an astonishing 23 records in a single day (video below). This feat included a rapid 0-60 mph acceleration time of 1.74 seconds (which is slower than the Roadster's projected time and only 2-tenths faster than the Model S Plaid).

However, the most astounding among these records was a 0-400 km/h (249 mph) acceleration time of just 21.31 seconds. With such an impressive performance, the Nevera is currently the fastest production car available, marking a new era in the electric vehicle industry. The test driver said he could've been eating ice cream while breaking these records - it was that easy!

However, such groundbreaking performance comes at a price. The Nevera is estimated to cost a whopping $2.4 million per unit, ten times more than the expected cost of a SpaceX Roadster. Rimac plans to produce only 150 of these record-breaking machines, the Roadster will also be produced in limited numbers. Despite its price, Rimac assures potential owners that the Nevera is more than a hypercar; it’s a potential record-breaker in their own hands.

Musk Teases a Potential Showdown

Following Nevera's remarkable performance, a Twitter user asked Elon Musk if the Roadster SpaceX Edition could topple Nevera's 0-60 mph time. Musk responded with a simple "lol," leaving EV enthusiasts in suspense. Is this cryptic response a sign of an impending challenge from Tesla? Could the Roadster, with its SpaceX Package, surpass the Nevera's record-breaking performance? Musk was just in the F1 Red Bull pits, perhaps he has the racing bug?

While it's too soon to provide definitive answers, this potential contest marks an exciting moment in electric hypercar performance. With its revolutionary technology, Tesla's Roadster SpaceX Edition could challenge the current hypercar hierarchy and redefine performance standards in the electric vehicle market.

Tesla Targets Sentry Mode Vampire Drain: Upcoming Update to Slash Power Use by 40%

By Kevin Armstrong
Sentry Mode Update is Coming
Sentry Mode Update is Coming

In an exchange on X, Drew Baglino, Tesla’s Senior Vice President of Powertrain and Energy Engineering, addressed the concerns regarding the power consumption of Tesla’s Sentry Mode. Responding to a user inquiry, Baglino confirmed the company’s commitment to reducing the feature's energy use by approximately 40% through a software update expected in Q2, which begins on April 1.

This announcement follows feedback from Tesla owners regarding the 'vampire drain' experienced when using Sentry Mode, highlighting Tesla's responsive approach to customer feedback and its dedication to continuous improvement. Another X user stated that there should be a breakdown or battery usage. This information already exists, but Baglino politely responded: The energy app provides a wealth of information about where your energy goes. He also linked to our Not a Tesla App article explaining that system.

Understanding the Drain of Sentry Mode

Sentry Mode is an advanced security feature for Tesla vehicles, leveraging the car’s cameras and sensors to monitor and record surroundings for potential threats when parked. Sentry Mode has proven invaluable for vehicle security by activating various deterrents, including pulsing headlights and alarm sounds.

Despite its benefits, the feature’s energy consumption, referred to as “vampire drain,” has been a concern, with estimates suggesting a small yet consistent drain on the vehicle's battery life. By optimizing Sentry Mode's power usage, Tesla enhances the feature's efficiency and extends the usability for owners, particularly when parking for extended periods without access to charging facilities.

Battery Management: Recognizing the importance of battery preservation, Sentry Mode automatically deactivates when the battery level falls to 20%, ensuring that the vehicle remains operational for essential travel.

Activation and Customization: Owners can activate Sentry Mode via the vehicle's touchscreen or mobile app, with options to customize settings, such as disabling sounds or excluding specific locations, tailoring the security feature to individual preferences and requirements.

Tesla's forthcoming software update aims to significantly reduce Sentry Mode's power usage, making it more adaptable for various situations without impacting the car's range or battery longevity. This enhancement aligns with Tesla's commitment to continuous improvement via over-the-air updates, directly responding to customer feedback with practical solutions. Owners looking forward to this change appreciate the balance between maintaining Sentry Mode's security benefits and preserving battery life for everyday needs.

Tesla Adds 'Rose Gold' Cybertruck Wrap and Two Other New Colors

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla now offers Cybertruck wraps in five colors
Tesla now offers Cybertruck wraps in five colors

Remember when there was concern that the appeal of a Cybertruck would die down because there would be too many stainless steel beasts on the road? True story. If there was a concern, it appears to have been handled with wraps; not only Tesla’s wraps but more customized wraps are showing up on social media daily.

More Tesla Wraps

Firstly, Tesla has expanded its palette of Cybertruck wrap options, introducing three vibrant new colors. The chic Satin Rose Gold, the deep Satin Abyss Blue, and the sleek Slip Grey are joined in the lineup alongside the classic Satin Stealth Black and Satin Ceramic White. However, several Cybertruck owners are not waiting for Tesla wraps as more unique Cybertruck wraps are showing up on social media.

Priced at $6,000, while the newly introduced Satin Rose Gold and Satin Abyss Blue wraps are slightly pricier at $6,500. This differentiation in pricing reflects the unique appeal and quality of the new wrap colors.

Tesla outlines several key features and advantages of their Cybertruck color paint film, including:

  • A self-healing, urethane-based film that is significantly more durable and twice as thick as the average vinyl wrap, ensuring superior protection against scratches.

  • An environmentally friendly alternative to traditional vinyl wraps, covering all exterior stainless-steel surfaces of the Cybertruck, enhancing its aesthetic appeal and resilience.

Customized Wraps are Taking Off

Since Tesla wraps were introduced, the company has been criticized for the price point being far too high, while consumers can go to other wrap companies and get their own customized look. Even the unique wraps spotted on the Cybertruck before the delivery event are unavailable. But that is not stopping consumers.

It was after Investor Day in 2023 that Morgan Stanley's managing director, Adam Jonas, a well-known figure within the investment community and someone who has been dubbed a Tesla Bull. Jonas outlined several reasons why he believed the Cybertruck might not fulfill the grand visions held by Elon Musk and the Tesla team, describing it as potentially becoming a "financial side-show," a marker of cultural zeitgeist, and a niche product for enthusiasts.

Jonas argued that the Cybertruck, with its avant-garde design, might not align with this broader affordability mission. He believed that the unique aspects of Cybertruck would be lost and that "indescribable something," when several were on the street,

Yet, the landscape around the Cybertruck and Tesla's position within it has continued to evolve. Contrary to concerns, the burgeoning market for custom and aftermarket wraps for the Cybertruck tells a different story. This vibrant ecosystem of personalization options highlights the vehicle's position as a mode of transportation and a canvas for individual expression.

The concern that the uniqueness of the Cybertruck could diminish with its popularity overlooks the creative solutions that owners and enthusiasts have embraced. From bespoke wraps that offer myriad designs outside of Tesla's offerings to the DIY spirit that has taken hold among the Cybertruck community, it's clear that individuality remains a cornerstone of the Cybertruck experience.

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