A Complete Guide to the Tesla Roadster Founders Series

A Complete Guide to the Tesla Roadster Founders Series

Tesla is one of the most recognized car brands in the entire world, and why wouldn’t it be? Owning a Tesla is great for the environment as well as simply being a fun car to drive. If you are thinking about purchasing a Tesla, there are many different models to choose from, and one of the most popular is the Tesla Roadster.

When it comes to buying a Tesla Roadster from the Founders series, there is a lot of information you should know about the vehicle before you buy. This way, you will know exactly what to expect from your purchase, and you can be aware of how a Tesla drives and how it will perform on the road.

Below is a complete guide to the Tesla Roadster Founders series, which should be read by anyone who is interesting in buying one of these Tesla-made vehicles. Keep reading so that you too can know all there is to know about the Tesla Roadsters from the coming Founders series.

What is the Tesla Roadster Founders Series?

The Tesla Roadster is one of the first models of cars created by the Tesla company starting back in 2008. The model was discontinued in 2012 so that Tesla could focus on making its Model S and Model X series instead.

But fans of the model have clamored for its return, especially because those who originally purchased the model are now owners of a car that is ten years old or older. And this is why Tesla originally announced that the Roadster would be making its return in the year 2021. The first 1,000 of these new Roadsters produced would be a special model known as the Founders series.

The Tesla Roadster Founders series and the other new regular Roadsters produced afterward will feature much of the same amenities as the previous model. In addition, it will have two small rear seats, a much longer driving range, and improved performance.

Elon Musk even mentioned in one interview that the new Roadster would be able to reach 60 miles per hour in just 1.9 seconds. And that its quarter-mile time was tested at just 8.8 seconds. This is accomplished using two small electric motors rather than just one and placing them at opposite ends of the car to accelerate both the rear and front wheels smoothly at the same time.

The top speed of this new model is planned to be 250 miles per hour. It will be all-wheel drive and rival some of the top sports cars on the market. The vehicle will be powered by a Plaid powertrain which will surpass anything the company has ever created before.

But as to if they can deliver on these promises, it is yet to be decided because as of July 2021, there is no sign of the new Roadster just yet.

What Will the Tesla Roadster Founders Series Look Like?

This vehicle will look like a proper sports car, low to ground with the common airflow assisting low roof. The vehicle will have two doors and a glass sunroof that can be removed to create an almost convertible look. The vehicle will contain two smaller back seats, as well as a trunk for storage, making this vehicle sleek and practical at the same time.

Tesla is known for keeping its interiors minimalistic, and it’s likely that this new vehicle will be no different, so don’t expect tons of interior upgrades beyond the screen that can control most of the accessories you desire in a car.

There will be at least one cubby to store items, however, and this will be beneath the giant screen that takes up most of the dash and center console space.

Fuel Economy Expectations

The good news about having an electric vehicle is that the fuel economy is unparalleled. As of right now, there have been no announcements on the expected EPA rating of the Roadsters in the Founders series.

But seeing as the 2008 Tesla Roadster has a fuel economy rating of about 135 miles per gallon for highway driving, it is expected that the Founders series vehicles will at least meet, if not exceed, these numbers.

Seating Capacity

As mentioned above, the all-new Tesla Roadster will have added back seats, giving this car a total capacity of four people. However, when looking at how the car is expected to look, it doesn’t seem like those back seats will be very comfortable—mainly because of how dramatically the roof of the Roadster slopes downward. 

Not to mention that the vehicle is still expected to only have two doors, making it difficult to get in and out of those back seats as a tall or larger adult.

Battery Range

For those unfamiliar with how electric cars work, unlike gas-powered vehicles, they have stringent ranges that cannot be exceeded without a recharge—unless you want your vehicle to die while you are on the road trip of your dreams! This has led many would-be Tesla buyers away from the brand.

The range of the new Tesla Roadster is estimated to be 620 miles, which is almost twice the range of the 2008 model. This makes the car much more feasible for people who have to drive long distances. Of course, this range will only be achievable with light use driving, but it’s improving either way.

This is thanks to the 200-kilowatt hour battery pack that is also more condensed than previous Tesla model battery packs, so you’ll be able to drive much further without having to sacrifice the sleek look of the vehicle.

Roadster Appearance

Tesla-made vehicles have been revered for their technological features that make hitting the road in these vehicles a breeze—and it is expected that this new model will be no exception. There will be the same touch screen that Tesla users have come to know and love, and it will extend from the top of the dash to the center console.

This tech screen will probably not offer any services such as Alexa or Apple CarPlay, as no Tesla vehicles do. Consumers can expect this screen to have additional features compared to other models, though, such as a WIFI hotspot and Spotify. There are also rumors that Netflix and Hulu may be integrated into the screen that can be used when the car is parked.

The days of radio are pretty much coming to an end, and it’s unlikely that these Roadsters will be outfitted with AM radio at all. But with Bluetooth capabilities, you can always listen to music from your smartphone or the radio via an app.

What Will Be the Difference Between the Founders Series and Regular Roadster?

You are probably wondering just what features you can expect from a Founders series Roadster that costs $50,000 more dollars than a regular Roadster and requires full payment upfront. And although Tesla has announced this special model, they have not yet specified exactly what it will entail.

Many Tesla fans theorize that the Founders series models may include some automatic upgrades that will be available in packages for the base model. This probably won’t include the SpaceX Options package; however, as Musk said in an interview that this package would be an upgrade for both models.

On the bright side, although you can’t be quite sure what to expect, you can rest assured that the Founders series models will be produced first, meaning you’ll be getting your Roadster before everyone else. And if you are a collector of exotic cars, this is one that you won’t want to miss out on adding to your collection.

Upgrades That May Be Available

Whether you reserve the Founder series model or just one of the regular Roadsters, these new vehicles are meant to be base models only with several optional upgrades that you can select from.


In recent years, Tesla has begun to scale back its color options to keep prices low and the production of the car streamlined. This means that while Roadster will come in black, that buyers are unlikely to see many colors beyond that. However, in a few recent advertising stunts, the car has appeared in both red and white, which could be possible color upgrade options.

SpaceX Options Package

On June 10th, Elon Musk announced the SpaceX package, including the use of ten small rocket thrusters to help with the vehicle’s acceleration and braking.

These rocket thrusters will use high-pressure air in bottles to function, and they will be replenished by vehicle power when empty. The only problem is this bottle will have to replace the seats in the back, bringing the occupancy of the vehicle down to two.

Hover Capabilities

Although he didn’t outright say it, Musk has hinted a few times that because of the SpaceX Options package, there may be a way to make this vehicle hover above the ground using the pressurized air bottles. This feature is expected to be tested, and further specified as the release date of the vehicle draws closer.

When Will The Tesla Roadster Founder Series Be Released?

When this vehicle was originally designed and announced, Musk had estimated that it would hit the roads in 2020. And since the Founders series models will be produced first, this meant that those who ordered the vehicles could expect to see them delivered in the late months of that year.

This expected release date was later revised because Tesla had so many projects on its plate that it needed to push the development of the Roadster back. In May 2020, Musk said that the Roadsters would be launched sometime in 2022. But it should be noted that Tesla is notorious for missing deadlines, so the Roadster maybe even further away than expected.

How Do You Reserve a Founder Series Roadster?

A Tesla Roadster Founders Series vehicle can be reserved directly on Tesla’s website. You will need to give them your name, phone number, and email address, as well as a payment of $5,000 using a debit or credit card. You then need to arrange to make your full payment within the next ten days via a wire transfer to complete your reservation.

Once you place your deposit, you will need to make a Tesla account. This way, you can keep an eye on the status of your vehicle and find out when you can expect it to be delivered. You can also spend time learning all about how your vehicle works in advance.

How Will My Tesla Roadster Founders Series be Delivered?

As soon as your specific vehicle enters production, you will be notified by Tesla and asked to set up your delivery address. As long as your address meets certain requirements and is within range of a Tesla delivery center, your vehicle will be delivered, you will sign the paperwork, and your car will be ready to drive then and there.

If your address doesn’t qualify, or you live too far from a Tesla delivery center, you will need to arrange to pick up your vehicle at the Tesla delivery center. You will be able to learn all about your car in advance using the online informational videos, and you will also receive all the necessary temporary licensure for your state.

FAQs About Tesla Roadster Founders Series

Still, have questions about this new Tesla? Up next, we’ll answer a few of the most frequently asked questions about Tesla’s latest and greatest.

Will The Roadster Have Autopilot?

One of the most sought-after features of Tesla vehicles is allowing the driver to take a break while the car drives itself on autopilot. And it’s highly likely that the new Roadster will be outfitted with this same, or better, technology since Tesla has already developed it for its other models. 

In addition to the autopilot, the car will also be outfitted with pedestrian detection automatic braking and a lane departure warning and alarm system—both fairly standard features in Tesla vehicles.

How Safe Is the Founders Series Roadster?

Because this car has not yet hit the production line (though a few prototypes were featured in the media), it remains untested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. But with the above-added driver-assistance technology, it is expected that the Roadster will receive high ratings from both agencies.

There will need to be a crash test, however, before the safety of this vehicle can truly be measured, and hopefully, these will happen sometime in late 2021 or early 2022, depending on the eventual release date of the vehicle.

Will The Founders Series Roadster Come with a Warranty?

When purchasing a new vehicle, it’s also helpful to know what type of warranty you can expect. In the past, Tesla has offered an eight-year powertrain warranty on all of its vehicles that come off the assembly line, and, likely, this won’t change.

There could also be a limited warranty option, which only covers four years instead of eight and up to 50,000 miles.

Will The Founders Series Roadster Come with A Maintenance Package?

Many of the Tesla rivals, like the Audi R8 and Jaguar F-type, come with a complimentary maintenance package with purchase, which means keeping these cars in tip-top shape is easy as pie. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that buyers will see this feature offered for the new Tesla Roadster.

This is because Tesla has not been known to ever offer a maintenance package on any of their vehicles, and it is unlikely to start now. Tesla also doesn’t have the web of certified mechanics that these other automakers have, and it would not be easy to implement something like this in the next couple of years with the number of vehicles Tesla is currently trying to produce.

Pricing for The Tesla Roadster Founding Series

All of this awesome and advanced technology doesn’t come cheap, and since there will only be 1,000 of the Founders series models created, those who want to have one of these amazing vehicles need to reserve and pay for their car in advance.

The current cost of the Founders series model is $250,000, and you must pay this in full to reserve your vehicle. The non-Founders series Roadsters which are expected to debut at the same time only requires a $50,000 down payment and will retail for an expected $200,000.

Final Thoughts

When purchasing a Tesla Roadster Founders series model, this is no small purchase and is certainly not one that should be taken lightly. But if you do think the Tesla Roadster Founders series is the car for you, then you can be certain that it truly will be the best in its class when it comes to an electric hybrid sports car.

Whether it’s going from 0 to 60 miles in record speed, bringing along friends for the ride, or adding in the SpaceX Options package, the newest version of the Tesla Roadster has it all. If you are interested in this vehicle, make sure you reserve it. Today, because these limited-edition models are sure to sell out and fast.


The articles here on ThatTeslaChannel.com are created by Greg, a Tesla vehicle and Tesla solar expert with nearly half a decade of hands-on experience. The information on this site is fact-checked and tested in-person to ensure the best possible level of accuracy.

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