Following a rather embarrassing demonstration that saw the windows of Elon Musk’s new Cybertruck smashed with a metal ball, the Tesla CEO is now taking a shot at Ford. In a new attempt to prove how hard the Cybertruck goes, Musk has challenged the Ford F-150 in a tug-of-war against his new futuristic model.
First shown during the unveiling event in Los Angeles last week, the video sees the Cybertruck easily defeating the F-150. According to some, however, the test wasn’t a fair one.
Over at TechCrunch, experts claim that Musk’s test was rather questionable. First off, the F-150 appears to be in two-wheel drive mode and using old tires, meaning that the rear wheels had far less rear-weight than the Cybertruck, which is a “dramatically heavier” (around 1,000 pounds) vehicle.
The report then goes on to pinpoint additional contributing factors that state this fight is not a fair one, identifying a difference in engine class — the Ford F-150 is missing the 3.5L engine badge, meaning whatever engine it does have, it’s not top-of-the-line. It also notes a difference in traction; as Tesla’s vehicle pulled first, it increases its own traction and decreases Ford’s as a side-effect.
Following the video, Ford X’s VP Sundeep Mandra has responded to Elon Musk, asking him to send over a Cybetruck for an “apples to apples test,” to which Musk replied to “bring it on.”
Despite Musk’s test, Ford F-series trucks are still the best-selling cars in the United States. On the other hand, Musk’s demonstration last week didn’t hinder the Cybertruck sales, as Tesla reportedly received almost 150,000 pre-orders in under three days.