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Redusernab Asks: What car would you launch into space?

Ross Ballot February 7, 2018 All Things Hoon 29 Comments

Yesterday, Elon Musk and the team at SpaceX made history not only for their rocket launch but also for sending the first road-legal production automobile into Earth’s orbit. A monumental achievement, and one that us car nerds watched in awe. It was one small step for *ahem* another display of both Musk’s and SpaceX’s enthusiasm for and intensity towards making space exploration a more practical, feasible, and prioritized reality. Thus far, it seems to be a massive success.

The vehicular choice of a Tesla Roadster was perfect as well. Being that Musk is the visionary behind both Tesla and SpaceX, it serves as much a promotion of the forward thinking attitude behind both companies.

Let’s pretend you have a rocket of your own and any vehicle you desire at your disposal. What would you launch into the abyss? There’s no pressure or anything. Just the possibility that whatever you choose will be the first thing extraterrestrials see of humankind.

Me? The question answers itself: It has to be a DeLorean. Or maybe something weirder, like a Plymouth Prowler or a VehiCROSS. But what about you? What’s the one vehicle you want circling Earth?

Bonus rounds:

What would you display on the infotainment screen?

What audio would you have playing?

What would you name your vehicle’s inanimate occupant?

  • Hammer

    Opel RAK.2 🙂

  • boonie_the_loonie

    Austin Allegro,

    “Turn Right”,

    Jeremy Clarkson.

  • neight428

    Can’t argue with the lads, except in execution.

    Put Merle Haggard’s Silver Wings on repeat.

  • P161911

    An Oldsmobile Rocket 88 of course.

  • Slightly off topic, but the most spectacular bit, to me, was the footage of the parallel landing of the booster rockets.
    the rest was pretty cheesy, and I am too poor to afford cheesiness.

  • tonyola

    A Plymouth Satellite.

  • Sjalabais

    Gargarin’s choice would probably have been the Matra Djet, pretty much the Tesla Roadster of its time:

  • crank_case

    Car: Chrysler Voyager
    What would you display on the infotainment screen? The Clangers
    What audio would you have playing? As above
    What would you name your vehicle’s inanimate occupant? Jim.

    • Wayward David

      I like the idea of the Voyager because that’s a name with a proud history in early space exploration. But my brain went a slightly different direction at the idea of a spaceship named Voyager. The infotainment screen would display the Prime Directive and the occupant would have to be either Captain Janeway or Seven of Nine.

      • crank_case

        I’d still rather represent humanity with genteel knitted space mice things and soup dragons than people in polyester jumpsuits banging on about the sub-prime directive to be honest.

  • “What’s the one vehicle you want circling Earth?”

    One of these, to blame for holding up everyone else.

  • Papa Van Twee

    Car? 1983 Plymouth Sapporo Technica
    Display? The digital dash is all you need.
    Playing? Have the car saying, “Your door is ajar” on repeat.
    Occupant? Icarus

  • Mercury Comet, while wearing a red Star Trek uniform.

  • Batshitbox

    1959 Corvette, duh.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Triumph TR7, and playing Shape Of Things To Come.

    • Batshitbox

      I was going to say my old Triumph TR7, and “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun”, with a driver named Lucas.

  • A Taylor Aerocar, with a mannequin of Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan at the controls.

    • Rover 1

      Or the all American version seen in a film, and that does without a propellor.

      • Vairship

        At that point you might as well use an Ave Mizar (flying Pinto) playing Disco Inferno or Great Balls of Fire

  • Batshitbox

    A Ford Prefect
    Bonus 1: DON’T PANIC!
    Bonus 2: ‘Ape Man’ by The Kinks
    Bonus 3: Arthur Dent

  • Rover 1

    Remember, you’re in space. You have to live in it.

    You need a motorhome, a Winnebago.

    • wunno sev

      and we know from the flamethrower that Elon’s a fan of Spaceballs.

      i’m surprised this isn’t what was in the FH, based on how many other sci-fi cultural references were packed into that car

      • Vairship


  • robbydegraff

    Hands-down the Isuzu Vehicross, the Kia Borrego or a Lambo LM2002

    On the infotainment screen? Any scene from the original Jurassic Park.

    Audio playing? “Bodies” by Drowning Pool

    Inanimate occupant’s name? Sir Freedom

    • wunno sev

  • Alff

    • Rover 1

      Only if you’re launching it into the sun?

      • Alff

        It will get there eventually… won’t it?

        • Rover 1

          As will all of this around us, but only on the time scales familiar to MD Harrell

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