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FORD CALLS OUT TESLA FOR A MORE REALISTIC TRUCK PULL

The Staged Event Clearly Wasn’t Apples To Apples

Tesla Cybertruck Video

The Tesla Cybertruck is a pickup for people that know nothing about trucks. If they did, they wouldn’t have rabidly applauded over a cherry-picked video depicting the controversially designed electric truck pulling a base, RWD Ford F-150 XL with what’s presumed to be either the base 2.7L V6 EcoBoost engine with 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Turns out the people at Ford Motor Company didn’t appreciate the stunt at their expense, either, with Sundeep Madra, vice president of Ford X taking to Twitter sending a volley at Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk. To which Musk replied, “bring it on.”

Tesla Cybertruck Tweet

When doing a (completely useless) truck pull test, it’s important to take a few things into account. Almost always, the heavier truck will win. Which the Tesla Cybertruck probably is here, even if California’s Messiah claimed that the rolling polygon would weigh the same as the aluminum-bodied truck. Never mind that the notion of a battery-powered truck utilizing 3mm thick steel as its body weighing the same as a military-grade aluminum-paneled truck even has even the least skeptical among us raising an eyebrow.

Another factor to consider besides weight is traction. Specifically, how well the power can be put to the ground. The moment one truck slips, the content tends to be over, with the more planted of the two taking the win. All wheel drive is a major factor here. In the hype video, the Tesla Cybertruck prototype appears to have all-wheel-drive. The Ford F-150 STX clearly does not.

Additionally, Ford recently told Business Insider that the company bares little concern for the Tesla Cybertruck at this juncture, stating the following:

With America’s best-selling truck for 42 years, we’ve always focused on serving our truck customers regardless of what others say or do. We look forward to our all-new F-150 hybrid coming next year and all-electric F-150 in a few years.

Maybe we’ll see a true apples-to-apples test in the near future. But like most things that happen on social media, it’s probably all talk.

Ford plans on launching an all-electric F-150 in 2022, just after Tesla plans on bringing the Cybertruck to market in late 2021. General Motors plans on doing the same in 2021, as well, with an electric Chevrolet Silverado, electric GMC Sierra, and an electric Hummer pickup truck.

Beyond the so-called oldcorps, other electric pickup trucks in development include the Rivian R1T, and Bollinger B2, as well as farther out trucks from Karma Automotive, and Ohio’s Lordstown Motors.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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