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Ford Exec Says F-150 Is Just as Apple as Cybertruck, Challenges Musk

With the launch of the Cybertruck, Tesla has officially entered big-boy territory. For the first time since its creation, the EV company will be challenging American heavyweights selling in the profitable pickup segment, and its transgression will not remain unanswered.
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Yet Tesla does not seem threatened at all. It even tries to provoke war with the competition, especially with Ford, by showing just how good the Cybertruck is compared to a Built Tough F-150.

The video of a tug-of-war battle between the two cars was shared by Elon Musk on Monday. It shows (probably) the dual-motor Cybertruck pulling a (likely) rear-wheel-drive F-150 like it was nothing, and was captioned by Musk himself “Cybertruck pulls F-150 uphill.”

The discrepancy in performance between the two pickups used in the stunt was noticed by a little-known executive from Ford’s Mobility incubator called X. The exec, named Sundeep Madra, took it upon himself to challenge the Cybertruck to a fair fight, one that would pit an equally gifted F-150 against the stainless steel box on wheels.

“hey @elonmusk send us a cybertruck and we will do the apples to apples test for you,” Madra tweeted.

Musk, a man not used to take hit lying down, quickly responded “Bring it on.”

So it seems we might just have a challenge on our hands. One that, truth be told, we find unlikely to happen, at least at an official level, despite whatever pull Madra has with Ford’s higher-ups. That’s because this is not how the Blue Oval does business.

Given the stir caused not by the unveiling of the Cybertruck itself, but by the claims made about it performances, it’s likely though some other carmaker will accept an official head-to-head combat of some type.

Also, when the Cybertruck hits the market, expect a flood of such stunts performed by more or less experienced individuals to come our way.

 
 
 
 
 

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