The tug-of-war showcased between Tesla's new Cybertruck and the popular Ford F-150 has sparked a heated debate on twitter
Ever since Elon Musk took the covers off the Cybertruck, the entire project has been surrounded with controversy. To kick things off, the iron ball test that was meant to prove the worthiness of Tesla's acclaimed unbreakable glass, failed miserably. Musk also tweeted about how the Cybertruck towed away a Ford F-150 in a tug-of-war test, that was played at the unveiling event.
Musk added insult to injury when he reportedly tweeted 'better than a F-150, faster than a Porsche 911'. But some at Ford were quick to point out this was not a fair test. Sundeep Madra, Vice President, Ford X, Ford Motor Company tweeted to Elon Musk stating 'send us a Cybertruck and we will do an apples to apples test for you'.
During the presentation of the Tesla Cybertruck that took place on November 21, the Californian company displayed a video with the electric pickup truck in a tug-of-war contest with a Ford F-150. In the video clip, a wedge-shaped Cybertruck dragged an F-150 uphill, with smoke erupting from the Ford's rear wheels as it tried to go downhill. The clip thus showed a comfortable win for the electric pickup truck against the F-150.
This dialogue between Musk and Madra also led to an online debate, where Ford supporters argued that the F-150 was at a disadvantage as it lacked a load to enhance rear-wheel drive traction, giving the Cybertruck a benefiting head start. According to reports, the Cybertruck in the clip was a mid-range model with a dual motor and all-wheel-drive setup, while the Ford opponent appeared to be an F-150 in STX trim (Determined by its grille, door handles and wheels).
Further, it was established from the video that the F-150 was a rear-wheel-drive model as it was spinning only on its rear wheels. They guessed the weight of the Cybertruck to be around 1,000-1,500 pounds heavier than the F-150, concluding that the F-150 used in the video appeared to be noticeably lighter, cheaper and significantly under powered compared to its all-electric opponent.
Since, in a tug-of-war competition, the engine output and weight of the vehicle are the major influencing factors, the Cybertruck was at a clear advantage. Moreover, many Ford fans felt the Cybertruck appeared to be building forward momentum in the very beginning of the video itself.
On the other hand, some are of the contrasting view that Ford will not be able to live up to its words since the torque on the Cybertruck will clearly dominate the Ford-150 during the challenge.
Musk had stated during the presentation that Tesla's Cybertruck had already secured almost 200,000 orders and the entry-level model will have a starting price of $ 39,900 and a 250+ km range, while a top spec option will have an 500+ km range and will sell for $69,900.