What’s it look like? From what we can see it looks like anything you would expect to come from a Musk company. Sleek, sexy and electrifying with a dash of ‘07 Formula One, maybe? Mechanics were covering a lot of the car when it was sitting in the garage. Mystery ensues!
Who is going to drive it? An unprecedented super group of former and current F1 greats: Alonso, Verstappen, Vettel, Button, Le Mans veteran Webber and two generations of Räikkönen. Robin Räikkönen’s entry marks the youngest LMPE entrant to date. Quizzed on how father Kimi felt about this he stated ‘I don’t care for records.’ Never change, Kimi.
How fast is it? Quite fast by the looks of it. Pre-race tests recorded an unearthly 452,8 kph on the Mulsanne Straight, slightly edging out the old record set by a petrol powered hybrid.
What is Hyperdrive? Good question: nobody really knows. A lot of mystery and theatricals clouded the big red button in the middle of the steering wheel. Elon Musk was quoted saying ‘it has to do with something we learned in space’, but we will have to find out - if at all! - during the actual race. A fair number of Audi, Porsche and Nissan spies have been reported all around the track, eager to find out the tiniest thing about this monster.
What’s that sound? Pre-race testing bystanders reported a haunting high-pitched noise with a rumbling bass tone coming from Tesla Squad’s prototype. As we warmly welcome a different sound in modern day racing, we can’t help but wonder: what’s that sound?