The Tesla Roadster's SpaceX package will replace the back seats with rockets

"I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that. MGM

The automaker's CEO tweeted over the weekend that the all-electric $200,000 Roadster will be offered with a SpaceX option package that includes approximately "10 small rocket thrusters" installed around the auto that will improve its performance and "maybe will even allow a Tesla to fly". "Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly..."

TradingAnalysis.com's Todd Gordon told CNBC late last week that Tesla stock has a pattern of consolidating then surging higher after such declines. However, it appeared as though he was joking.

While the rocket thrusters most of us are familiar with use fuel and would be at odds with the all-electric Roadster, Musk says the thrusters will use the same technology as those developed by SpaceX.

The spaceships made by Musk-run SpaceX use a related thruster design that's powered by nitrogen stored in composite canisters for maneuvering, and the lightweight containers could be adopted for automotive use with atmospheric air.

If Tesla mounts the thrusters on the sides as well as the front and rear of the Roadster, it's easy to imagine how they could improve acceleration, braking, and cornering. The new Roadster starts at $200,000 and is expected to arrive in 2020. Adding rocket thrusters could easily double that price but if the vehicle delivers performance to rival multi-million-dollar hypercars, it could still be excellent value for money.

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