. The Roadster really seriously needs liquid motor cooling to be a track car (as you can see from overheating at sustained max power output), and Tesla is aware of this it seems so they have publicly said the car isn't fit for the track because of the air cooled motor among the other things.
They are thinking of a lighter track version with liquid motor cooling, half the batteries (thus shave off like ~500 lbs resulting in ~2200lb car instead of 2700lbs), and I assume standard stuff like better brakes and better spring rates in the future if there is demand.
Tesla considering a track-ready version of the Roadster - Autoblog
It should still cost around the same as (or less than) a standard Roadster given the smaller battery, but should perform significantly better than the current Roadster in the corners and shouldn't overheat at all even if pushed to the limit. They could even use the swappable battery design like they designed for their sedan. Then they can open an EV racing series and then people don't have to worry about recharge time at the track. Of course this stuff is fairly far ahead in the future.
I thought it was water cooled since there was that article on the founders blog about the pumps running 24/7 consuming the power of two fridge's and draining the battery
Wasting Energy like Two Really Nice Refrigerators Tesla Founders Blog
So I just went back to see what the pumps were and it looks like they are for the batteries.
With half the batteries and another pump for cooling what would the expected track range be- 30 miles, 40 since it's lighter? By the time you came in for the second battery swap would the first battery be charged? I'm guessing the batteries would be half price then- around $10,000. Makes for an expensive track day to have a couple extras.
Also needing a suburban to tow it to and from the track doesn't seem to go along with the battery racer theme very good. Well I guess it could be a bio-dieslel conversion.
For a track car an Exige S260 Cup car or an 211 would be a lot better value- given you still need to tow them to and from the track. Or an S240 that would compete similarly could just be driven there, raced, and driven home leaving $50,000 or $60,000 in your pocket (this is a Lotus board.
) or even $100K+ if you want to leave out the cost of the needed tow vehicle.
Some of the comments on the site you linked to are brutal, but a couple get good points for sarcasm. "the transmission on their hype machine is not broken"
I do agree with the point made over there that maybe should just get their cars delivered first that people paid for a couple years ago before worrying about the new race car models. Twice the price of an Exige S240, Elise SC, etc for something with such severe limitations? Not gonna happen with current battery tech. Hopefully something new is on the horizon, and the oil companies don't have the patents on lockdown. I can see it with a 10 minute charge time, but not with a $10-$20K battery swap.
Also every video you see of it it is driven that way. Like in the one you posted. ^ Then when someone drives it that way- every one says that's not what it's about, you shouldn't drive it that way.
They don't show it pulling away from a light like an EV1. It's usually power sliding like a bat outta h#ll or something of the nature. Whenever it's compared to one of the other electric vehicle alternatives on or hitting the market- the rebuttal is usually yeah but that car is slow, the Tesla's 0-60 is 3.9 seconds (or whatever it is) with a top speed of 125 and a range of 240 miles. So I think much of their grief has been self inflicted.