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    Tesla Roadster the fastest "production" car in the world ....

    ....in reverse

    This is a thing that has bugged me. Since the TR has a reverse that is just reversing the engine shouldn't it have exactly the same specs for top speed and acceleration in reverse as forward ? Even if I suppose they've electronicly locked it I'm pretty sure there are no other cars that can accelerate upto 60mph in for seconds going backwards...

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    Re: Tesla Roadster the fastest "production" car in the world ....

    If this is true it would be just the kind of unique exclusive that Tesla could share with their favorite publication.

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    Re: Tesla Roadster the fastest "production" car in the world ....

    That doesn't sound very safe. If I were them I think I would have the ECU limit speed in reverse to something like 25mph. Also, it would probably be good to have the pedal input (torque requested) dulled a bit to make sure reverse acceleration is very intentional.

    (Of course there would be some way to bypass the software for stunt drivers in movies...)
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    Re: Tesla Roadster the fastest "production" car in the world ....

    Don't get me wrong, I expect them to limit the reverse speed as if not this would probably lead to some really spectacular crashes if someone was doing 100mph backwards... Just imagine someone being drunk and deciding this sounds like a terrific idea
    The interesting bit here is that if this is mechanicly possible it would make an interesting point for the marketing guys. And an interesting part to set the vehicle apart from other exotic sport cars.

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    The Roadster is definitely speed, and possibly torque, limited in reverse.

    I back my roadster up my long, straight driveway every day, and I'd guess that the max reverse speed is somewhere around 10 mph.

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    Is this progress, or are we going backwards?
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