In a recent tweet, Sunny Madra, Vice President of Ford X called out Tesla chief Elon Musk for the unfair tug-of-war between the Ford F-150 and the Tesla Cybertruck. The test was conducted by Tesla.
— sunny madra (@sundeep) November 25, 2019
It all started at the Tesla Cybertruck launch event on 22nd November at Tesla’s design studio where Elon Musk showed off the Cybertruck’s pulling power by pitching it against the Ford F-150 which is the gold standard in powerful pick-up trucks.
It is since then many have claimed that the comparison was unfair. Automotive website; Motor1 picked this and argued that the tug-of-war was in fact not levelled. The Cybertruck which was in an AWD (all-wheel-drive) configuration was pitched against a base model Ford F-150. The argument was as follows;
Judging by the video, the Ford F-150 was a $30,000 STX trim with a likely 325 horsepower 2.7-litre engine — an unfair competitor to Tesla’s beastly truck that can go for up to $69,900 for a top trim tri-motor model.
Furthermore, the article stated “Simply put, the F-150 used in this video is noticeably lighter, cheaper, and probably significantly underpowered compared to its all-electric opponent,” reads the article. “And in a tug of war competitions, it’s the engine output and weight of the vehicle that basically decide the winner.”
Bring it on https://t.co/pCnln1NdRO
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 25, 2019
TechCrunch found out that the Tesla Cybertruck was allowed to pull first, increasing traction. Also, the Ford F-150 would have fared better with both the truck bed weighted down in future.
Watch the Tesla Cybertruck Vs Ford F-150 tug-of-war here:
Cybertruck pulls F-150 uphill pic.twitter.com/OfaqUkrDI3
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2019