Apparently, it isn't brung.
Ford executive Sunny Madra tweeted a challenge to Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday for a rematch of a tug-of-war Tesla conducted between its electric Cybertruck and an F-150 that has been criticized by many, including Neil deGrasse Tyson [an American astrophysicist], for being unfairly matched, to which Elon Musk replied: "Bring it on".
However, when asked if Tesla had reached out to Ford to set up a competition, a Ford spokeswoman said "Sunny’s tweet was tongue in cheek to point out the absurdity of Tesla’s video, nothing more."Nevertheless, Musk agreed to do right by deGrasse Tyson's suggestion that the heavier weight of the battery-powered Cybertruck gave it a traction advantage and that Musk should level the playing field and repeat the test.Ford may have backed out of a rematch but Elon stated he is going through with their request anyway (be careful what you wish for!). If it happens, I'd still put my money on the Cybertruck in a tug-of-war. This whole thing about adding weight to the Ford seems to be tilting the scales a bit as some truck owners do tow with unladen beds (so that traction advantage will be inherent to electric models).Musk replied, "agreed, will be exciting to see!" He also promised to webcast the do-over live, possibly as early as next week.
However, to be fair next round, it seems to me the playing field should literally be "leveled". I'm no astrophysicist (so I could be wrong here) but pulling uphill would seem to have given the Cybertruck an even greater advantage with regard to traction—even though it was presented as a detriment. Also, both trucks need to be clearly stated as being either four- or two-wheel-drive (the Ford was clearly RWD-only while I'm not certain how many wheels were motivating the Tesla in the initial competition).
For the record, I see this as less of a Tesla vs Ford competition as it is electric vs ICE. The other big names would fare the same so I think Ford would have been better off making that clear and reiterating their future electric plans.
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