The brand new Tesla Roadster, CEO Elon Musk stated at its unveiling, would be the quickest street-legal manufacturing automotive ever.

However there’s nothing fast about manufacturing of the Roadster itself. Musk final week stated the automotive, first proven in 2017, “ought to ship” beginning in 2023. And that is solely “assuming 2022 just isn’t mega drama,” he tweeted.

Mega drama, after all, is an apt description of Musk’s historical past with deadlines. He even used to overlook the bus as a child, so his brother, Kimbal, would mislead get Elon exterior on time, based on a 2018 story in The Washington Submit.

“I feel I do have, like, a difficulty with time,” Musk stated at Tesla’s 2018 annual shareholders assembly. “I am a naturally optimistic individual. I would not have performed automobiles or rockets if I wasn’t. I am attempting to recalibrate as a lot as doable.”

Nonetheless, six years from the Roadster’s unveiling to manufacturing is a protracted wait, even by the requirements of “Elon time.” The newest delay is extra unhealthy information for individuals who put down $50,000 deposits proper after the automotive was introduced — or paid the complete $250,000 price upfront for the limited-run Founders Collection. Tesla hasn’t stated how many individuals reserved a Roadster, which Musk initially stated would go on sale in 2020.

The Roadster is not the one product Musk launched Nov. 16, 2017, that has but to grow to be actuality. That very same occasion additionally included the primary public have a look at the Tesla Semi, which Musk in July stated was being delayed to 2022 due to battery cell constraints.

The higher various to placing down a deposit on the Roadster 4 years in the past would have been utilizing that cash to purchase Tesla inventory, which is now price greater than 11 occasions its worth on the day the automotive was unveiled. At that fee, it will be sufficient to purchase an entire fleet of Roadsters when the automotive lastly arrives.