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Don Lemon recently sat down with Elon Musk at Tesla’s headquarters in Austin, Texas. Their discussion spanned many topics, and all surrounding drama aside, we found the exchange about the incoming Tesla Roadster quite interesting. The SpaceX collab might land the Roadster in flying car territory.

You can watch the full interview, which Don Lemon posted on his YouTube channel, embedded below. The segment covering the new Roadster begins at 13:04.

Elon first tells Don that Tesla has over a million orders for the Cybertruck. Mentioning several times that the CT is a once-in-a-decade product, we honestly wonder if these almost outlandish models will actually scale to a million-plus.

After all, the company estimates capping CT production at 125,000 units per year, meaning it could be eight or more years before some customers get their trucks. By 2032, the American automotive landscape might look quite different.

Speaking of “quite different,” Don moves along to the new Roadster.

SpaceX astronaut wearing space suit waves from a car window
NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli waves from a car as she departs the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A to board the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, 2023 | Gregg Newton/AFP via Getty Images

“I don’t want to give away much more than what I’ve said publicly, except that the roadster will be a collaboration between SpaceX and Tesla,” Elon explains, “So you know you can expect some rockety stuff there.”

“A flying car?” Don asks.

“Maybe,” Elon responds, then smirks, shakes his head while rolling his eyes, and breaks out laughing. “It’s not out of the question.”

It’s hard to know how serious Musk is here.

“The only way to do something cooler than the Cybertruck is to combine the SpaceX and Tesla technology to create something that’s not even really a car,” Musk says.

Don asks, “What would it be?”

“Something that’s never existed before.”

“I’m getting Jetsons vibes,” Don says.

“Totally Jetsons vibes,” Elon responds immediately.

Musk did give away one spec: “It’ll go zero to 60 in under one second. That’s by far faster than any sports car that exists.”

For folks wondering about flying cars, the Alef Model A is the world’s first flying electric car ever certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Association (FAA). The company has worked for almost a decade on the design. The Model A is expected to cost $300,000 and has an estimated consumer debut of 2025.

Still, the Alef Model A isn’t FAA-rated for carrying passengers, and it needs to pass NHTSA safety requirements for use on public roads.

What else can we know about the new Telsa Roadster?

Elon says the new Roadster does not have “big wings,” it does not have propellers, and it does have wheels (duh). It doesn’t exactly have a steering wheel, either, but a drive-by-wire yoke.

When Don asks Elon if automakers will follow his lead on this design, Elon seems sure of his answer: “I don’t think anyone will ever make anything like the Roadster.”

I agree with Elon; at this point, I have to ask: what would be the economical, environmental, and operational function of a $200,000 rocketed flying car in 2024?

Most Americans can’t afford new cars and await vehicle tech and EV infrastructure to match daily life better. The Tesla Roadster surely isn’t checking those boxes, but it’ll serve the quarter-mile crowd and make for some good PR.

However, I could be wrong. Jim Dukhovny, the founder and CEO of Alef, seems very confident in flying cars. “[The] auto industry is clueless about what is coming to completely disrupt their market,” he posted on LinkedIn last year. “They are improving looks and dashboards, while the whole auto industry is in for a big surprise from above their heads.”