The Tesla Cybertruck was unveiled in Los Angeles with some shattering announcements
SHOCK AND AWE: THAT'S THE playbook Elon Musk likes to use when launching a new product and that's exactly what he has delivered with the muchawaited Cybertruck, Tesla's take on a pickup truck. The lines and side profile would make legendary Lamborghini designer Gandini say ‘Countach' but not without a bit of DeLorean in there. Elon Musk and Tesla design head, Franz von Holzhausen have made headlines and captured everyone's attention globally with this unique, almost Brutalist design that lacks form and follows function. Or, it could just be a futuristic-looking truck straight out of a Stanley Kubrick film!
The Cybertruck's body shell has borrowed some learnings from one of Elon's other endeavours, SpaceX, in particular, using the same cold-rolled stainless steel that is used on the Starship. One of the reasons the Cybertruck is shaped the way it is, is because this steel cannot be stamped the same way as conventional steel. The benefits? It is extremely strong, as demonstrated by Musk taking a sledgehammer to it at the global showcase.
Elon's brief to his engineers was that he wanted a truck with the Ford F-150's utility and Porsche 911's performance; the end result is that you have a pickup truck that does 0-100 in under three seconds with the tri-motor setup. There are two other setups with different performance and ranges to match. The single motor setup gets over 400km range, the dual motor one comes with over 480km and the top-of-the-line tri motor set up gets a claimed 800km of range. Will the Cybertruck see the light of day? Musk has now showcased a total of four vehicles you cannot buy yet – the Semi, Roadster, Model Y and now this, the Cybertruck – so if it does, it is still some time away. What it has most certainly done is disrupted what we can expect from a pick-up in the future. The last time Tesla caused a disruption like this, we all know what happened – the electric car actually became cool!
CYBERTRUCK COMBINES FORD F-150 UTILITY WITH PORSCHE 911 PERFORMANCE