Tesla Cybertruck vs Ford F-150 Tug a War is Won by Heavier Truck

Truck tug a war competition are won by the heavier truck. This was demonstrated when Wired used a weaker but heavier toy truck to out-tug another toy truck.

A Cybertruck with three plaid engines would have 800 horsepower. This is more than the highest horsepower in any version of the F-150.

The trimotor Cybertruck can tow 14,000 pounds. The highest tow F-150 ratings by cab are 13,200 pounds for the 2WD SuperCrew equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 6.5-foot bed. The maximum Supercab F-150 rating is 12,000 pounds with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, 2WD and 6.5-foot bed.

Elon Musk tweeted that there are 250,000 pre-orders of the cybertruck. It has been selling for 5 days.

14 thoughts on “Tesla Cybertruck vs Ford F-150 Tug a War is Won by Heavier Truck”

  1. LOl James. Does a 2003 M1123 Humvee (2 dr, truck body with various accoutrements) count? Have had it for >10 yrs now. Needs TLC, but I mostly use my Silverado 3500 instead (converted utility truck), can’t use the beast outside the farm. Also have a Model S for fun and running errands, meetings etc.

  2. Tire grip (friction) is not straightforward other than in lab conditions. A truck with dynamically adjustable tire pressure for example would have a big advantage.
    Suspension and wheel geometry also plays in, especially when things are in motion.
    I’m sure there are a lot of spectacular clips on Ytube illustrating this.

  3. Assuming your vehicles can get enough torque to the wheels to reach the traction limits of the tyres.

    And assuming they don’t have drastically different tyre compounds with different coefficients of friction.

    But any modern off-road vehicle can break traction on their wheels, and the tyres are fairly similar, so under these conditions it does come down to weight.

  4. Absolutely not true. It all comes down the how much torque and traction you can get to the wheels. Tire selection, gear ratio, 2 v. 4 wheel drive etc, all matter. You seem to make a lot of very uneducated absolutist comments on this site. So, its not a no-brainer.

  5. correct. I guess Tesla is advertising that their truck is heavy? Doesn’t seem a very persuasive marketing point.

  6. It’s a little more complicated than that. A heavier AWD vehicle may fail to pull on a slight gradient if the weight difference is small, regardless of torque and hp.
    Mass is but one variabe in the overall calculations.

  7. It’s a no brainer. Of course the cybortruck can beat them all based on weight. Even if you filled them all to capacity the cybortruck would win.

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