Elon Musk swears on a stack of Heinlein novels that his new Tesla Roadster will be equipped with rocket thrusters!
SpaceX option package for new Tesla Roadster will include ~10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around car. These rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering. Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly …
Had there been a bystander, he would have been startled to observe what appeared to be a standard Camden rise up off the ground as easily as a skycar. He would not have long to wonder - the car moved out over the lake, dropped down to the water and sank beneath it. Seventeen minutes later, the car rose up to the surface of a small pool of water, a pool that occupied much of the floor of an artificial cavern.
The Camden Speedster's rockets could also be used to boost for short distances over obstacles:
out and studied the controlway.
The flexosteel barrier separating
them from the adjacent local control
strip was about a hundred yards to their right but no changeover ramp
broke its length for at least a mile
— and that, naturally, was under the
eye of its associated traffic tower.
She started the car again and zigzagged toward the barrier through
the stopped or slowly moving traffic.
As she neared the barrier the car
surged and lifted, clearing its top by
a negligible margin. She set it
down rolling on the far side...
Lazarus finally let his jaw muscles
relax and breathed out gustily.
“Whew!” he sighed. “I hope we
won’t have to do that again.”
She looked at him, grinning.
“What’s the trouble? Do women
drivers make you nervous?”
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