This man is a sweet crazy. Not content to upset the way to design and build cars, manage a trademark has become known worldwide in just a few years, fourmiller of projects including the one to colonize Mars, here is that Elon Musk is launching its pick-up, named Cybertruck. Obviously, it does not do things like everyone else.
To live and to exist on the american market, a pick-up is essential. It is not for nothing that the Ford F-150 is head of sales of vehicles in the United States for decades, far ahead of the sedans and another SUV. Elon Musk has therefore decided to invest in this market, being “different”.
It does not escape, the Cybertruck has a design very personal and like nothing else. Really ? Not so sure. If Elon Musk had alluded to the film Blade Runner as inspiration, I find that the Cybertruck remember correctly most of the concepts because Wedge Design of the 70’s / 80’s (Alfa Romeo Carabo, Maserati Boomerang, and especially Aston Martin Bulldog) or even a Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, the first plane said stealth. I’m searching, I do not find the spinner of Harrison Ford.
Mainly composed exclusively of straight lines and sharp angles, the design of the Cybertruck can make you smile or even pay to laugh. There has to see the number of reactions on social networks, and generally very critical, and hilarious, to realize that the design is extremely cleaving. I feel good the only one to appreciate it… anyway, I think founding a private club where you can talk about it anonymously. The profile is very particular, in an isosceles triangle, has the advantage of concealing the dumpster, if poorly integrated on the pick ups classic. It can get a tonneau cover with electric drive.
The grille is non-existent while the headlights are reduced to their most simple expression. With this Cybertruck, the drawing seems to be reduced to its most simple expression, but it is nothing and it is very likely that it will be a date in the history of automotive design. As to see a redneck from Missouri trade his Chevy Silverado to pick up stealth, it will have to wait a few decades I think !
To prove the resistance a phenomenal model, Elon Musk did not hesitate to bombard him with blows of the hammer during the live presentation. Mission accomplished for the steel panels that have survived, much less for the side windows, broken stone for the demo. The vagaries of the live ! The boss of Tesla, has promised to review this item, which will be on the agenda of the next meeting the project ! Note, also, that the body panels are capable of withstanding the firing of a firearm of a caliber of 9 mm. This should be able to serve… in the United States.
The electric engines are more conventional, for the Tesla. Three variants are proposed :
- An engine, rear-wheel drive. 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, an autonomy of 400 km
- Two motors, awd, 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 s, autonomy of 480 km
- Three motors, awd, 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 s, range 800 km ( !! ), pulling capacity of 6 tons (!!!)
A single photo of the interior has been published. The Cybertruck offers 6 seats in two rows, but one may ask the question of custody to the roof for the rank back, after the tip of the triangle. The dashboard also seems to be traced to the rule, no curve is visible. She has never so much brought in the name of “board”. The large central screen that is used on all models of the brand is of course of the party. Please note a steering wheel very particular, seemingly straight out of K2000. Hope the production models will have a real steering wheel, round and round, if the designers find their compass.
The Cybertruck is a vehicle very bulky, according to european criteria : 5,88 m long and over 2 m wide. It is, after all, in the standard segment u.s., but if he had to cross the Atlantic, it will, without a doubt struggling to evolve in some small villages. Success is guaranteed, however, because you won’t really go unnoticed !
Tesla is already planning extensions to the pick-up truck, including a quad that is unprecedented, of which one knows nothing at all. Perhaps even a new product ?
The production of the Cybertruck should, at best, to be launched in 2021 or 2022, a tradition that Tesla requires. But the competition fourbit already in his arms : Ford is preparing an F-150 all-electric and the small manufacturer Rivian prepares its nice and less disruptive R1T with the help of Amazon. In the meantime, you can pre-order your Tesla for tariffs of between 40 000 and 70 000 €.
Photo credits : Tesla