Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Tesla sets up a test of skills against a competing car, sets the rules, doesn’t use neutral overseers, and – shazam! – Tesla bests the competition. Most recently, Tesla posted video of its brand new Cybertruck pickup in a tug-of-war against the Ford F-150. When both vehicles apply power, the Cybertruck beta pulls the F-150 backwards and up a slight incline.
A bunch of people jumped into the fray on Twitter, including rocket scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, then Ford said, hey, how about a rematch, and Elon Musk said sure. All this back-and-forth and social media posturing is about what you need to rise above the level of the impeachment hearings. Done.
Cybertruck pulls F-150 uphill pic.twitter.com/OfaqUkrDI3
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2019
Meanwhile, the circus atmosphere around a Tesla launch sucks the air of the room and even if somebody else has a good car announced that week, such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Tesla show sucks up the oxygen.
If there’s a retest, we’d like to suggest several situational tests, and make sure one involves fording deep water, or backing a boat and trailer down a steep launch ramp. Then everyone would learn how well sealed is the battery compartment that forms the underside of the Cybertruck.
By the way, since Cybertruck was announced the night of Nov. 21, TSLA stock has gone from $355 down to $329 Tuesday, Nov. 26. That’s down 9 percent. Sort of like the slope of Cybertruck’s rear hatch cover.
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