Elon Musk tweeted a 15-second video of the Tesla Cybertruck comfortably defeating a Ford F-150 in 2019 along with the tweet. The struggle resembled an arm wrestle; the Ford began to pull, but ran into too much resistance, and the Cybertruck remained immovable. The struggling F-150 was then effortlessly pulled uphill by the Tesla truck as it gradually increased power.

pic.twitter.com/OfaqUkrDI3 Cybertruck tows F-150 upward
Elon Musk November 24, 2019 (@elonmusk)

Despite the subsequent uproar, the experiment hasn’t been fully replicated yet. Ford had asked to borrow a Cybertruck so it could do the test on its own property, but given its silence and the fact that Tesla hasn’t responded, it’s possible that the truck never showed up or that the automaker just decided to keep quiet and move on after recording the same results. But why was the incident the subject of any controversy? And why, in their opinion, should the trial be repeated? It all comes down to what some perceive as a significant error on the part of Tesla, which prevented the F-150 from actually utilizing the power that its engine delivered.

Ford f150 climb

Over both axles, electric vehicles are infamously hefty. It all comes down to the weight supported by rotating tires. That, not engine power, is the source of traction.

Neil deGrasse Tyson November 25, 2019 (@neiltyson)

This isn’t the first time a truck resembling a Tesla Cybertruck has defeated an F-150 in a tug of war. Tesla’s potent EV has a half-scale duplicate thanks to the Hacksmith YouTube channel. The team’s model underwent several tests before going up against an F-150. Although the replica has a tri-motor power train identical to that of the real Cybertruck, it is important to note that the car was an independent effort and wasn’t created by Tesla. Despite Tesla not really being involved, the small Cybertruck did not disappoint the brand.

The half-scale Cybertruck competed against a 2010 Ford F-150 XLT in the actual test. A 5.4-liter V8 engine with a 310 horsepower and 365 ft-lbs of torque was installed in the Ford. The Ford had no trouble towing the half-ton miniature Cybertruck during the initial test. The truck’s creators explained that this was inevitable given the weight of the vehicle and then loaded it before repeating the test. The small Cybertruck operated significantly differently after adding an additional 1,500 pounds of weight, increasing the total weight to about 2,500 pounds. Because the Ford was unable to pull it, the battle was lost when the electric car applied some torque and the F-150 started to drift backward.


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