Ford challenges Tesla to tug-of-war rematch; Elon Musk says "bring it on"
Will Ford use a top-spec F-150 or go head-to-head with its electric pickup prototype?
Tesla has accepted Ford's challenge to schedule a tug-of-war rematch between the all-electric Cybertruck and the F-150.
Some viewers cried foul over Tesla's video showing a Cybertruck handily beating an F-150 that apparently represented a mid-range configuration rather than a more capable four-wheel-drive package.
"Hey @elonmusk send us a cybertruck and we will do the apples to apples test for you," Sunny Madra, VP of Ford X, wrote on Twitter.
"Bring it on," Elon Musk replied.
It is unclear if Ford plans to use a higher-spec version of the F-150 with more power, four-wheel drive, differential locks and a heavier curb weight, all of which would give the truck a better chance against Tesla's contender. It is also possible Ford will want to use its own all-electric pickup prototype (pictured).
Unconfirmed reports have suggested Ford's $500 million investment in prospective EV maker Rivian may have paved the way for the Blue Oval to use the startup's R1T chassis for the F-150 EV prototype. If true, the truck may be equipped with a quad-motor system that delivers up to 750 horsepower and can reach 60 mph in just three seconds, with a maximum towing capacity of 11,000 pounds. The R1T specs are not far below the Cybertruck, which is claimed to hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and boasts 14,000 pounds of towing capacity.