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Tesla Cybertruck tug-of-war video, ATV stir controversy

The all-wheel-drive EV easily won against an apparent rear-wheel-drive F-150.

Tesla's Cybertruck debut has prompted a few minor controversies after viewers scrutinized the company's Ford F-150 tug-of-war video and all-electric ATV.

The tug-of-war appears to have involved a basic rear-wheel-drive F-150 pitted against a presumably heavier Cybertruck that may have been equipped with all-wheel drive. If true, the fight wasn't exactly a fair match.

The F-150 Raptor may have been a closer rival with 510 pound-feet of torque, a locking rear differential and a Torsen front axle, allowing the truck to put more power through all four wheels. With a starting MSRP of less than $55,000, the raptor slots between the Cybertruck's dual- and tri-motor variants in terms of price. Ford's flagship pickup is also heavier than the RWD base models, further leveling the playing field.

Aside from the tug-of-war discrepancy, other keen-eyed viewers cried foul after noticing that Tesla's electric ATV appeared to be built upon a Yamaha 700R SE chassis. The original Roadster was based on a Lotus rolling chassis, raising the possibility that Tesla may be following a similar approach with its ATV. It seems more likely that the project may have been in its infancy, however, and engineers were still toying with a retrofitted off-the-shelf ATV while continuing to design a pure Tesla model in-house.

In any case, the questionable tug-of-war and placeholder ATV concept have not stopped more than 200,000 people from putting down a $100 deposit to reserve an early build slot.

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