Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s new Cybertbrook, and he posted a video of a truck that went to war with the Ford F-150, which conveniently showed the electric Siebertrack above the Ford pickup. But after alleging that the competition was unfair, Musk again agreed to the match, stating that he would aim to record a new video every week.
Several blogs indicated an apparent disparity in the match-up. The F-150 appears to be a rear-wheel-drive model, while the Cyberduck is an all-wheel drive. The F-150 seems to be a less-specialized STX package with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, meaning it is probably lighter than the Cybertruck. Even it looks like Tesla’s vehicle has been given a head start!
The video was controversial enough that scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson tried to give his opinion on Twitter, pointing out that electric vehicles are “famously heavy” above the axle, which would provide Cybert more traction in the tug-of-war.
And Ford himself also joined, with Sudip Madra, vice president of Ford X, the automaker’s venture incubator, quickly answering Musk, challenging the “apples to apple test”: “Bring it on,” saying that he Will serve this purpose. Do this next week. ”
Will it be, though? A Ford spokesperson told Motor 1 that Madras’ tweet was “tongue-in-cheek,” though it was not an answer to the question of whether the challenge was serious. If we get confirmation, we reach out to Ford and will update this story.
In fact, however, Musk cannot lose in such competition. The market for pickups in the US is intense, with customers usually associated with one of a handful of brands, including Ford’s F-Series and Fiat Chrysler’s Ram Truck. If Tesla is going to make in-roads, it needs to be as visible as possible, so the slightest chest-thumping can’t hurt.
Even if Cybertruck loses in the match again, Musk can say that Tesla will start rolling the assembly line (scheduled for 2022) before repairing the vehicle. Better still, he could demand a tug of war against Ford’s own upcoming Electric F-150, which is currently operating. Now it will be “apple to apple.”