Tesla is at it again. Last month, its CEO Elon Musk said the Tesla Model 3 will get a high-performance all-wheel drive version that accelerates faster and handles better than the BMW M3. Big, bold claims there, but the billionaire isn’t done.

Apparently, the Tesla Roadster will get a new ‘SpaceX option’ that literally adds rocket thrusters to ‘dramatically’ improve acceleration. Musk tweeted that the “10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around [the] car” will “improve acceleration, top speed, braking and cornering.” It all sounds probable, but he also added “maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly…”

Now, at this point it might start to sound a tad unrealistic, considering that the second-generation Tesla Roadster is targeted to sprint from zero to 97 km/h in 1.9 seconds without the thrusters. That would make it the fastest-accelerating production car in the world, and it also claims to have a near-1,000 km electric range as well as a 402 km/h top speed.

Musk later clarified that the thrusters on the Roadster will be ‘pure electric’, ruling out any fuel-based boosters in the all-electric sports car. It will apparently utilise composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPV; designed to store fluid under pressure) to store the compressed air, and an electric pump will be employed to replenish air.

The Tesla Roadster will make it to production in 2020 with a base price of US$200,000 (RM798k). If you want your name to be on the waiting list, Tesla demands US$50,000 (RM200k). In any case, the electric sports car won’t be cheap, and currently only 1,000 slots are available. As for the rocket thrusters, what do you think? Is it at all possible? Leave your comments below.

GALLERY: Tesla Roadster