Tesla flying car? Elon Musk teases 'special upgrade' of Roadster supercar
Tesla has unveiled a new Roadster, the new version of its original sports car. It’s the fastest production car ever made "period," according to CEO Elon Musk. USA TODAY
Want to take your Tesla for a joyride ... through the air?
In a tease that would be utterly ludicrous if it had come from practically anyone else, Tesla CEO Elon Musk hinted Sunday that a "special upgrade" of the company's new Roadster supercar may be capable of briefly flying.
The first units of the Tesla Roadster, which Musk revealed Thursday at an event in California, are supposed to arrive in 2020 at a price of $250,000. He had already promised that the car would be the fastest production car of all time, featuring a top speed of more than 250 miles per hour.
But Musk said Sunday on Twitter that a "special upgrade package" could "enable it to fly short hops."
It's "certainly possible," Musk said. "Just a question of safety. Rocket tech applied to a car opens up revolutionary possibilities."
And Musk knows a thing or two about rockets. He is also CEO of SpaceX, which makes and flies rockets for commercial and government space ventures.
But the pursuit of a flying car would mark a turnabout for Musk, who has previously expressed skepticism about the technology.