Did Top Gear Do the Tesla Cybertruck First?
Okay, this may be a stretch—but hear us out.
Looking at the design of the polarizing marketing exercise and potential production vehicle that is the Tesla Cybertruck and cross-referencing it with the memes and jokes all over the internet, you'll discover one commonly held opinion is that a toddler designed it. That's not to say its actual designers are uneducated, drool-sipping thumb-hands, because they certainly are not—as our design analysis confirms. However, while Elon Musk may have okayed this triangular cookie form in 2019, we have a nagging sense that Top Gear actually perfected this style of car design long ago.
Back in season 14, episode 2 of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May built their own electric car using secondhand parts from very different sorts of vehicles. The complete chassis was donated from a TVR sports car, while the powertrain was plucked from an electric milk-delivery truck. Hammond and May handled these two tasks, while Jeremy was in charge of the design. After emerging from his "mood room" of creative inspirations, the masterpiece was revealed. Let's just say that it was the car's imperfection that made it perfect. The aluminum, plywood, warehouse storage joiners, and fence hinges all married perfectly—with not a single curve in the design to be seen, beating Tesla to the angular punch a decade ago.
May elected to use only two batteries to save weight. It was a sacrifice that proved too great because the car lacked speed of any kind. It was so bad to drive on the roads that, after getting stranded and causing a traffic jam of epic proportions in Oxford, they didn't put a terrible amount of effort to save it from rolling off a hill and crashing into a tree. It was back to the drawing board at the Top Gear Technology Center, where they amended their shortcomings and prepared the car for rigorous safety testing that all cars sold in the U.K. must pass.
Amazingly, it passed all of the tests with flying colors, probably, and the team somehow didn't die in the process. We won't spoil the whole story here, so go watch the episode on the MotorTrend App to see if the creation won a drag race against a slew of other alternative-power vehicles. Who do you think did it better, Top Gear or Tesla?
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