Tesla Cybertruck does tug of war with Ford F-150

Cybertruck pulls F-150 uphill pic.twitter.com/OfaqUkrDI3

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The Tesla Cybertruck made its debut with some impressive stats, citing a 0-96 km/h sprint time of 2.9 seconds in its most powerful tri-motor guise and up to 800 km of range in its most efficient versions. What about some more practical applications, such as load hauling? The American electric vehicle manufacturer says that the Cybertruck has a payload capacity of up to 1,590 kg and a towing capacity of 6,350 kg.

A live demonstration is what everyone loves to see, and so Tesla has lined up the Cybertruck back-to-back with a perennial American favourite, the Ford F-150 for a classic tug-of-war show of strength. From the video, it is unclear which powertrain version of the F-150 was employed for this demonstration, though it is apparent that only the Ford’s rear wheels were spinning up from trying to put drive to the road.

The video’s aerial viewpoint in the beginning also shows the F-150 with an empty cargo tray, which won’t be helpful in terms of rear-axle traction. This also isn’t the Raptor, so it will have been a powerplant with less than that model’s 450 hp and 691 Nm of torque. According to Ford, the most potent twin-cab (Supercrew) configuration with the 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 engine has a rated towing capacity of 13,000 lb, or 5,902 kg.

Tesla has yet to reveal power or torque output figures for any of its three electric motor configurations it has named for the Cybertruck, though judging from the video, it made light work of pulling against the F-150. On this measure, it appears to give weight to Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s assertion that the Cybertruck will outperform the F-150 “in terms of truck-like capability.” Do you agree?

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