Tesla had at least two of the latest Cybertruck beta production builds at Investor Day yesterday, giving us a close-up look at some never before seen features. After the event was all said and done one of those Cybertrucks went head to head against the Tesla Semi in what looks to be a promotional video for Tesla.
From what we can tell the Cybertruck that Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen took for a spin on the grounds of Giga Texas last night was the one involved in the drag race. We know it is one of the latest beta production builds because of the new side mirror design that was first spotted last month.
Took Cybertruck Beta out for a drive. pic.twitter.com/yrAWfFHrzQ
— Franz von Holzhausen (@woodhaus2) March 2, 2023
According to a video shared on Twitter the Cybertruck lined up side by side against a white Semi on the perimeter road outside Giga Texas. Not to be left out the Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y also took part in the race setting up behind the pair, with only the Roadster, either the original or the new version, missing from the party.
On go the Semi keeps pace, even appearing to pull slightly ahead of the Cybertruck. We don’t know what is “under the hood” of this particular Cybertruck, but given there were lots of people around and this looks to be a promotional video the drivers likely weren’t going full out.
When it was announced the Cybertruck tri-motor design was said to have a 2.9 second 0-60mph time, or in the dual-motor configuration a time of 4.5 seconds (6.5 seconds for the single motor, which is no longer going to be built).
The Semi is no slouch when it comes to reaching 60mph either. Now that the Semi is in the hands of PepsiCo Tesla has only published the electric class 8 truck’s 0 to 60mph time when fully loaded at 82,000lbs, saying it can achieve that feat in 20 seconds (it takes about 1 minute for a conventional diesel semi to do the same). However when it was first unveiled in 2017 CEO Elon Musk said it could reach 60mph in 5 seconds when not pulling a trailer, and judging from the video that still seems plausible.
Given that the full Tesla lineup was involved in this race hopefully we’ll see a more official video from Tesla on this race. You can check out the full video below. *Updated to add a second video, in which we can clearly see a drone, so this looks like it was set up for an official video from Tesla.
So bad ass @elonmusk #cybertruck pic.twitter.com/d8bSsC7YkB
— Greggertruck (@greggertruck) March 3, 2023