Tesla Trolls Ford By Wrapping a Cybertruck to Look Like a F-150
With the long-awaited Tesla Cybertruck about to enter a larger-scale production phase before making its way onto public roads, Elon Musk is already not making nice with its fellow competitors. It is not uncommon for Tesla CEO to have a bit of fun at his rivals’ expense, and he has trolled other major titans of industry like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos. Now he can add Ford CEO Jim Farley to that list.
Cybertruck vs Ford F-150: A New Rivalry
This is because in an image shared on the Cybertruck Owners Club forum page, it that Musk intends on taking a playful jab at Ford by wrapping a pair of Cybertrucks with the “boring” exterior of the F-150. To add further insult to injury, both of the trucks’ “frunks” (front trunk) each have piles of engine parts spilling out of them.
While it is common practice for unreleased vehicles to be wrapped in camouflage vinyl, it is certainly a funny troll job to have the Cybertruck be disguised with the likeness of its main competitor in the electric pickup truck market. The wrap covers the entire front end and sides, with additional details of the F-150’s standard body lines, door handles, headlights, and grille. It is unknown if the Cybertruck’s bed is also being made to poke fun at the F-150 too, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it did.
This is just the latest sign of the Cybertruck vs. F-150 Lightning rivalry starting to heat up. Less than two days after Tesla announced the first fully-produced and road-ready Cybertruck, Ford announced that it was slashing the prices on all F-150 Lightnings by as much as $10,000. With affordability being such a big deterrent for new vehicle buyers, getting their hands on a new electrified F-150 for $50k doesn’t sound that bad. It also means there would be one less Cybertruck owner on the road.
Is Tesla a Threat to Ford’s Truck Line?
Ford CEO Jim Farley had previously mentioned that they do not consider the Cybertruck to be a real threat as it would be seen more as a novelty item for people from Silicon Valley than for actual, blue-collar working-class customers. While it remains to be seen if Farley’s prediction for the truck’s customer base is true, it appears that Musk intends on making it serve as a functional work truck as well.
Tesla says that the Cybertruck will have a full-size cab, a six-foot bed, will be long enough to fit inside a 20-foot garage, and a motorized tonneau cover to preserve dry cargo. It is estimated that it will also have a 14,000-pound towing capacity and a driving range of up to 500 miles.
Whether you are a fan of Tesla or not, you have to admit that this is the exact kind of troll job you can expect from the richest man in the world.