“Deliver it on.”
These are the phrases of Tesla boss Elon Musk, who on Monday accepted Ford’s problem to a different tug-of-war between his not too long ago unveiled Cybertruck and an F-150 — the preferred pickup truck on this planet.
The gauntlet was thrown down by Sunny Madra, head of the automaker’s Ford X mobility enterprise lab, after Musk confirmed a tug-of-war video between the 2 autos on the Cybertruck occasion on Friday, November 22.
Positive sufficient, the Cybertruck dragged the F-150 alongside the asphalt, its tires screeching because it tried, in useless, to drag the opposite manner. Tesla’s electrical pickup was the clear winner on this explicit towing check, proving, so far as Musk was involved, that the yet-to-launch pickup has superior power.
Cybertruck pulls F-150 uphill pic.twitter.com/OfaqUkrDI3
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2019
However Madra was having none of it, hitting Twitter to problem Musk to a towing check the place Ford can choose the F-150 mannequin itself.
“Hey Elon Musk, ship us a Cybertruck and we’ll do the apples to apples check for you,” Madra wrote in a tweet posted on Monday.
hey @elonmusk ship us a cybertruck and we’ll do the apples to apples check for you https://t.co/H3v6dCZeV5
— sunny madra (@sundeep) 25 November 2019
Madra isn’t the one one unconvinced by the equity of the struggle proven in Tesla’s tug-of-war stunt. Automobile website Motor1, amongst others, rigorously picked aside the problem, suggesting it was removed from neutral.
It appears greater than seemingly that the F-150 used within the problem wasn’t probably the most highly effective mannequin, whereas Musk declined to say which Cybertruck they used — there are three variations, with the tug-of-war probably involving the top-spec all-wheel-drive tri-motor model that’s able to towing 14,000 kilos. The rear-wheel-drive, single-motor Cybertruck can solely tow half that quantity.
Motor1 stated Musk’s automobile is no less than the dual-motor mannequin, which may tow as much as 10,000 kilos. The usual towing vary of Ford’s F-150 is between 5,000 and eight,000 kilos, although particular configurations can push that to as a lot as 13,200 kilos.
It was additionally famous how the Cybertruck will get a head begin on the F-150, giving it extra momentum from the off.
“Merely put, the F-150 used on this video is noticeably lighter, cheaper, and doubtless considerably underpowered in comparison with its all-electric opponent,” Motor1 concluded.
By no means one to draw back from a spot of publicity, Musk tweeted that he’s prepared for the problem. If the Cybertruck wins, it may definitely enhance its pre-order numbers, which as of Monday had reached 200,000. If it loses, nicely, it will probably go and stand within the nook with its smashed home windows.