Elon Musk recently took a big swipe at Ford during the unveiling of the Cybertruck. Mid-presentation, he played a video of a Cybertruck pulling an F-150 in what was pitched as a head-to-head contest. Elon Musk showed off a video of the low-polygon-count pickup defeating an F-150 in a tug of war.
Since then, many have complained it wasn’t a good comparison since the presumable AWD Cybertruck appeared to face off against a lower-spec RWD Ford with nothing in the bed to help its tires get a grip, and took off first. Many have questioned if it was a fair fight including Sundeep Madra, VP of Ford X, the automaker’s venture incubator. Madra tweeted to Elon Musk, calling for Tesla’s CEO to send Ford a Cybertruck to do an “apples to apples” test.
Elon Musk fired back to Sundeep, accepting the challenge with a crisp ” Bring it on”
Ford is among a handful of automakers developing an electric pickup that will compete against the Tesla Cybertruck. The F-150 is the automaker’s best selling vehicle and critical to its balance sheet. The Cybertruck upends decades of truck styling and functionality by taking the unibody form and function to an extreme. The polarizing design has led to countless memes and digs at Tesla, but also over 200,000 in pre-orders in just a few days.
This could be more interesting than Tesla’s battle vs. Porsche on the Nurburgring, if it actually takes place anytime soon, and could depend on whether Ford brings one of its gas-powered production trucks or that electric prototype it recently showed towing a million pounds. The Cybertruck (along with the Cyberquad ATV) isn’t scheduled to start production until the end of 2021.