- Tesla shows a video of a Cybertruck pulling an F-150.
- The VP at Ford X challenges Tesla for an apples-to-apples rematch.
- Elon Musk says: “bring it on.”
Last week, the co-founder and CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, introduced an all-electric pickup truck, dubbed Cybertruck. The new battery-powered vehicle was brought as direct competition to the Ford F Series, which has been the best selling pickup truck for more than 40 years in the U.S.
During the unveiling of Tesla’s sixth vehicle model, Musk displayed a video of a head-to-head contest between the Cybertruck and a Ford F-150. In the short clip, the futuristic pickup comfortably wins a tug-of-war competition against the F-150. But, Sunny Madra, VP at Ford X, is questioning the results and asking for a fair rematch.
Cybertruck pulls F-150 uphill pic.twitter.com/OfaqUkrDI3
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2019
Apples to Apples Competition
Many people have questioned the video in which a Cybertruck squares off against a Ford F-150. Even the renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson stated that electric vehicles tend to be heavier over both axles than traditional vehicles. He argued that the Cybertruck had a clear advantage due to the “source of traction.”
This contest is more about the Physics of Friction than Engine Power.
A badass @Tesla looking like it’s doing a badass thing. But if the @Ford F-150 is RWD **with no payload** then weight on the Rear Axle is greatly reduced, offering only mild traction for the Tesla to overcome. This contest is more about the Physics of Friction than Engine Power.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 25, 2019
Now, Sunny Madra is demanding an “apples-to-apples” test to show the real power of the Ford F-150. Madra believes that Musk used a lower range and outdated version of the F-150 against a mid-range Cybertruck with a dual-motor and all-wheel-drive setup. This could have guaranteed the EV truck the win.
hey @elonmusk send us a cybertruck and we will do…