Ford F-150 and Tesla Cybertruck settle things with a tug-of-war. Update: There’s a re-match

The battle of the super trucks is ON! Tesla used a tug-of-war with a Ford F-150 to ‘prove’ the credentials of their new Cybertruck. Now Ford have challenged them to a real contest. This could get interesting!
Tug-of-war between a Tesla Cybertruck and a Ford F-150
Tesla’s Cybertruck beat a Ford-F150 in a tug-of-war. Image: Twitter

Tesla: The Cybertruck chronicles

When Tesla launched their new electric Cybertruck it was bound to stir things up. The Cybertruck looks wildly futuristic, just for starters. After a gaff at the live launch event when an ‘unbreakable’ window shattered – twice – it looked like things were not off to a great start.

However, pre-orders are continuing to roll in, with over 200,000 Cybertrucks having been booked as at the last announcement.

As part of the launch, Tesla staged a stunt where a Cybertruck was pitched against a Ford F-150; and won.

Ford are not taking this lying down. There has been a storm of criticism on Twitter about the contest being unfair. Now Sunny Madra, VP of Ford X, has challenged Tesla to a rematch.

Why was the contest unfair?

A conversation on Twitter between Neil deGrasse Tyson and Elon Musk sums it up. Tyson, by the way, is a famous US astronomer and astrophysicist. You might recognise his name from the headlines when Pluto was reclassified. He is sometimes referred to as ‘the man who killed Pluto’.

Tyson debunks the implication that the Cybertruck is just more powerful. He tweeted, ‘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’.

Musk replies, ‘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‘.

Tyson wasn’t backing down from the Tesla CEO and co-founder though.

He responded, ‘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‘.

Sounds like we have a major difference of opinion on our hands.

The disparity between the two vehicles is that the F-150 is rear-wheel drive, whereas the Cybertruck is all-wheel drive. In the tug-of-war, the F-150 used was a 2.7l EcoBoost V6. This was always going to be lighter than the Cybertruck.

Ford F-150 pickup truck in red
Ford has challenged Tesla to a re-match tug-of-war against their F-150. Image: Ford

How has Ford responded?

In the latest turn of events, Sunny Madra, Vice President of Ford-X has taken up the gauntlet. He has offered a ‘real contest’ between the Tesla and a Ford pick-up with a more comparable spec.

Check out his Tweet below! It sounds a little tongue in cheek, but I for one need to see this rematch!

Who is going to win?

There’s the million dollar question. My money is probably on the Cybertruck. It is simply a lot heavier. Whoever wins, I admire Ford for stepping up to the plate and not conceding this slam on their F-150 without a fight!

Whether this is all just a bit of banter on Twitter, or we’ll see a real rematch, we can’t really know. I am definitely hoping for the latter.

Who do you think would win? Did Tesla up the stakes in their favour? Will the F-150 triumph if Ford pitch the contest on their own turf? Let us know!

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