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TESLA CYBERTRUCK VS FORD F-150 VIDEO CALLED OUT BY NEIL DE GRASSE TYSON

The Astrophysicist Picks Apart The Pickup Propaganda Video

Tesla Cybertruck

Neil de Grasse Tyson, recognized as America’s most famous astrophysicist, pointed out a few flaws of the viral demonstration video with a Tesla Cybertruck pulling a very entry level Ford F-150 XL pickup truck equipped only with rear wheel drive.

Tesla fans probably don’t even realize the problem here. But they probably know and recognize Neil de Grasse Tyson as a person of the same mental caliber as their deity Elon, so perhaps he can stand to be a voice of reason here. Of course, California’s God Emperor also retorts, but shies away from full engagement. The dialogue and the video can be found on Twitter, but we’ve pasted the conversation here.

From de Grasse Tyson:

Electric vehicles are famously heavy – over both axles. It’s all about the weight borne by spinning tires. That’s the source of traction, not the engine power.

From Musk:

Electric motors also have insane torque. If we load both trucks to the max, electric still wins. Physics is the law, everything else is a recommendation.

de Grasse Tyson:

We all love Torque. But high Torque just spins a tire in place if there’s not enough weight to provide traction. Fully load the F150, giving highest traction to its rear wheels, then try to drag that up the hill. I otherwise agree: Load both to the max and the highest torque wins

Musk:

Agreed, this will be exciting to see!

The Tesla Cybertruck was revealed last week to the enjoyment, shock, awe, and bewilderment of many. It was a lot of things, none of them boring, but from where we stand, certainly not a threat to the traditional truck market. It’s supposedly launching in 2021, but before that happens, Tesla (not one for deadlines) will have to figure out how to bring the Roadster, the semi truck and the Model Y it has promised.

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.

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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.

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