Tesla Releases Video Showing the Cybertruck Learning How To 'Kick Butt in Baja'

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Tesla is doing the last preparations for the Cybertruck launch, but it's not yet done refining the truck's suspension. A new video streamed live on X shows the electric pickup off-roading in Baja during a testing session. This is apparently aimed to fulfill Elon Musk's desire to "kick butt in Baja."

Tesla Cybertruck is touted as the most disruptive product Tesla has ever worked on and is pitched at the lucrative pickup truck segment. This might not be where most volumes are made, but if you sell cars in the US, it's where the money and fame are. You can't say you conquered the American car market without having at least one successful pickup truck model. If you don't believe it, just ask Volkswagen.

Well, Tesla is preparing to upend the market with an unconventional pickup truck model that looks like nothing people have ever seen. It also promises revolutionary features, raising the expectations to an unbearably high level. It's easy to disappoint when you pump the expectations for so many years like Tesla did. Perhaps this is why the EV maker took more time than it needed to make the Cybertruck perfect.

This has led to repeated delays, as more features had to be implemented or old ones refined. It might not be obvious, but some Tesla fans lost their patience soon after Tesla announced the Cybertruck in November 2019. In April 2020, people were asking Musk for updates, and the outspoken Tesla CEO was more than generous. Besides revealing that the production Cybertruck would be smaller than the prototype with the broken glass, Musk offered exciting technical details.

In reply to a Cybertruck fan, Musk revealed that the Cybertruck will have a reworked air suspension with increased travel for better off-roading. The purpose was, according to Musk, "to kick but in Baja." We now know that the Cybertruck will have an impressive 14.5-inch (37 cm) ground clearance when set at the highest level. This made Tesla confident enough to start working on Musk's promise, and it's testing the result in Baja.

Several Cybertrucks have been spotted in the Baja peninsula in the past week, sporting intriguing Cybertruck graffiti and a Starlink Mobility dish strapped on the roof. A new video shared by Tesla's official account on X (formerly Twitter) revealed that the two trucks were in Baja for off-road durability testing. The 7-minute video demonstrates surprising agility as the heavy Cybertruck drifts around unpaved roads. Based on the livestream host's comments, the two trucks were completely stock yet "super durable." The only issues encountered were two flat tires.

Tesla embarked on a 1,280-mile journey that started in San Diego and progressed all the way to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Although we haven't seen the trucks jumping, I'm sure Tesla didn't skimp on the heavy-duty suspension components. After all, this is what "kick butt in Baja" should mean.

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About the author: Cristian Agatie
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After his childhood dream of becoming a "tractor operator" didn't pan out, Cristian turned to journalism, first in print and later moving to online media. His top interests are electric vehicles and new energy solutions.
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