Ford v Tesla: Elon Musk Accepts Ford's Proposed Cybertruck/F-150 Tug-of-War Rematch
A video of the Cybertruck dragging a helpless F-150 spurred Ford to respond, and the game is on.
We feel as though this story should be bellowed through a hanging microphone like the announcements at a title fight, so try to imagine the words booming forth that way as you read it. In one corner, from Palo Alto, California, we have Kid Dynamite Tesla, whose reveal of the new Cybertruck electric pickup truck included a video of it pummeling a Ford F-150 in a game of tug-of-war, dragging the bestselling pickup backwards, supposedly up a hill, its tires spinning futilely in search of traction. Aaaand in the other corner, from Dearborn, Michigan, with 116 years of experience building cars, we have the Dearborn Destroyer, Ford, who has challenged Tesla to rematch!
This isn't a joke—as Bloomberg brought to our attention, the two automakers just publicly agreed to chain the new Cybertruck to an F-150, on fair terms, and let the two try and yank each other in half. If you're wondering how the heck this came to be, the short answer is Twitter. Tesla really did show a video at the Cybertruck's reveal of it easily beating an F-150 in a game of tug-of-war. Then Tesla's ever-swaggering CEO Elon Musk tweeted this multimedia smack-talk on his account, where it caught the attention of Sunny Madra, vice president of Ford Motor Company's emerging-tech division, Ford X. Madra, quite boldly tweeted back at Musk, "hey @elonmusk send us a Cybertruck and we will do the apples to apples test for you."
From what we understand from Twitter chatter, Madra is referring to the apparently imbalanced comparison of what appears to be a rear-drive F-150 (or four-wheel-drive model with its part-time four-wheel drive disengaged) against an all-wheel-drive Tesla Cybertruck. Indeed, in Tesla's stunt, the silver F-150 can be seen spinning only its rear tires, while its fronts seem to roll freely. With the added traction of a four-wheel-drive Ford's front tires aiding the rears—as well as a flat surface providing equal contact patches between the trucks—one could imagine the tug-of-war's outcome might be different. Or perhaps not—Elon Musk certainly thinks so, because he tweeted back at Madra, "Bring it on."
We can't imagine Elon would actually deliver a Cybertruck to Ford and let 'em have at a rematch—Ford, which is working on an electric F-150, surely would love to tear that truck apart and reverse-engineer its exciting bits. But it sounds as if Tesla will participate in a rematch, and that, people, is something we'd all like to see. Let's get ready to rumbbbleee!