Cybertruck’s Tug-of-War Fail: MotorTrend Exposes Tesla’s Rigged Race Ruse

Tesla’s Tug-of-War Toppled: Cybertruck’s Race Ruse Revealed—MotorTrend proves Musk’s Porsche-pulling prowess was pure puffery. Spoiler: The real race wasn’t even close!

Hot Take:

Oh, Tesla, you lovable rogue of the automotive world, always ready to troll the laws of physics and marketing ethics simultaneously. When you said your Cybertruck could outdo a Porsche while towing another Porsche, we choked on our popcorn. But now MotorTrend has called ‘Checkmate!’ in this high-octane game of chess. It looks like the Cybertruck, while undeniably quick, can’t quite pull the wool over the eyes of physics or Porsche enthusiasts.

Key Points:

  • Tesla’s Cybertruck promo claimed it could beat a Porsche 911 in a drag race while towing another 911, but MotorTrend has debunked this faster-than-light claim.
  • With the help of Engineering Explained’s Jason Fenske, they proved that the Porsche 911 could beat the towing Cybertruck by more than a half-second.
  • The Cybertruck is still a flash on wheels, hitting 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds sans trailer, but under real test conditions, it can’t out-tow reality.
  • Tesla walked back their claims after the promo video was challenged, citing safety concerns for not completing a full quarter-mile test.
  • This isn’t Tesla’s first rodeo with exaggerated tug-of-war stunts, as a similar scenario unfolded with a Ford F-150 in 2019.

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The Tortoise and the CyberHare

Picture this: a Cybertruck, a Porsche 911, and a dragstrip walk into a bar. The bartender says, "What'll it be?" The Cybertruck responds, "I'll have a glass of your finest quarter-mile victory, please." Fast forward to the actual race, and it's more like the Cybertruck ordered a reality check. MotorTrend, with a pinch of help from Engineering Explained, showed us that the Cybertruck's towing triumph was more editing magic than mechanical muscle.

When Backpedaling Meets Horsepower

After Tesla's promo was called into question, the Cybertruck lead engineer pulled the classic 'I meant to do that' with a safety concern twist. Apparently, they only ran an eighth of a mile and just assumed things would pan out in the full quarter-mile. It's like baking half a cake and expecting the rest to magically rise in the oven. Tesla's backpedaling might just be the only thing moving faster than their Cybertruck towing a Porsche.

Deja Vu All Over Again

For those with a sense of déjà vu, you're not wrong. Tesla and Musk have been down this road before, touting the Cybertruck's Herculean strength in a tug-of-war with a Ford F-150. The sequel to this power struggle featured a diesel Silverado, where the Cybertruck, in a twist no one saw coming, played the role of the damsel in distress being dragged away. It's like watching a rerun of your favorite soap opera where the plot twists are as predictable as they are entertaining.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

And for those who like their news with a side of schadenfreude, there's the tale of the Maine man whose Cybertruck became the butt of jokes and the target of flipping birds. It just goes to show that sometimes, the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason. Especially if you're driving a vehicle that looks like it was designed by a kid with a ruler and a love for 80s sci-fi.

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