Tesla to redo Cybertruck vs. Ford F150 tug-of-war challenge after claims it wasn’t fair

November 26, 2019

Ford is taking offense with Tesla’s Cybertruck vs. F150 tug-of-war video after the former claims it wasn’t exactly fair. CEO Elon Musk agreed to redo it, and it sounds like they will stream the challenge.

In the buildup to the unveiling of the Tesla electric pickup truck, CEO Elon Musk made some comparisons to the Ford F150, one of the best-selling pickup trucks in the world.

Previously, he said that the Tesla Cybertruck would cost less than $50,000 and have better specs than the Ford F150.

During the presentation last week, Musk again took a few shots at existing pickup trucks, and he even singled out the Ford F150 by debuting a video of Ford’s flagship truck having a tug-of-war against the Tesla Cybertruck prototype.

Yesterday, Tesla released the whole video of the tug-of-war — reigniting the competition between the two trucks.

As we reported yesterday, the Tesla Cybertruck easily won the tug-of-war, but to be fair, these competitions are all about traction, which can be affected by other factors besides just the vehicles.

Now some other people have raised issues with the video, including scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who pointed out that it would be fairer if they were to load the trucks:

It also seems like Tesla might have used a rear-wheel-drive Ford F150 against the dual-motor AWD version of the Cybertruck.

Ford VP Sunny Madra tweeted that they should give them a Cybertruck to do an “apple-to-apple” comparison of the trucks, and Musk seemed to agree:

Now the companies appear to be aiming for redoing the test next week and potentially stream it live.

Electrek’s Take

Here we go. I love those little competitions, and I am sure it’s going to be a much more interesting one if both parties are involved.

These tug-of-wars are all about maintaining traction. The first one to slip is basically done, and that’s not just about how much torque you can produce.

The first one to hit a patch of sand or something is done.

Therefore, it would be nice if both Ford and Tesla participate to make sure each truck is going to operate at optimum capacity.

Ford is also going to bring its latest and baddest F-150, but it would be awesome if they bring their all-electric Ford F-150 prototype.

Earlier this year, they released a video of a Ford F-150 all-electric pickup prototype towing over 1 million pounds of train carts.

That’s would be the real competition. Let’s make it happen.

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