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Elon Musk wants the upcoming Tesla Roadster to hover.
The Tesla CEO shared new details on the supercar, as well as the possibility of a van with a solar roof during an interview on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
Musk said Tesla should finalize engineering this year and could start delivering the car next year. Musk has teased a “SpaceX” version of the car for several years, saying it will use cold-gas thrusters developed by the space company, propelling the car to even greater speeds.
But, Elon wants the cat to fly.
“I want it to hover,” Musk said. “I’m trying to figure out how to make this thing hover, without, you know, killing people. I thought, maybe we could make it hover, but not too high. So maybe it could hover, like, a meter above the ground, or something. So, if you plummet, you blow out the suspension, but you’re not going to die. Maybe, I don’t know, six feet. If we put a height limit on it, it will probably be fine.”
Musk told Rogan that Roadsters with the SpaceX package will not have a back seat, making room for the thruster system.
Musk said he expects the thruster to come out of a James Bond-style flip-down license plate.
Listen to the full interview here.