Tesla potentially benchmarking the Cybertruck with 702 horsepower RAM TRX

A recent drone flyover of the test track at Tesla’s Fremont factory revealed an interesting sighting that could be a good sign for the progress of the Cybertruck.

In the video, captured by YouTuber Gabeincal, we see a RAM TRX truck on the track with two Model 3’s and refresh Model S. Although the camera doesn’t get too close to the vehicles on the ground, zooming in on the black truck it appears to be outfitted with a lot of testing equipment.

This could mean Tesla is benchmarking the RAM RTX against the upcoming Cybertruck.

Ram TRX close up
Image via Gabeincal /YouTube

For those unfamiliar with the RAM RTX, it is the performance version of Dodge’s popular pickup truck meant to offer competition to the Ford F150 raptor.

The RAM RTX has 702 horsepower, with a listed 0-60mph time of 4.5 seconds and 1/4 mile time of 12.9 seconds. In testing performed by Car and Driver, they were able to get those times down to as low as 3.7 seconds and 12.3 seconds, closing in on the tri-motor Cybertruck’s estimated 0-60mph time of under 3 seconds.

If Tesla is indeed benchmarking the TRX, this is a good sign for the development of the Cybertruck. It is expected to begin production late this year, before ramping up to full production in 2022.

The Cybertruck has been a smash hit for Tesla even though it hasn’t hit the road yet. Since it was unveiled in 2019, crowdsourced estimates put the number of reservations for the electric truck at over 1,000,000.

You can watch the full video below.

h/t: Teslarati

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