Tesla Semi and the Cybertruck engage in a friendly drag race outside Giga Texas (video)

-

-Advertisement-

It is actually a rare sight when we see two Tesla vehicles drag-racing against each other — and one of them hasn’t even gone to production yet. Yes, I am talking about a Tesla Semi and a Cybertruck prototype drag race.

But since these are like big and small brothers to each other, the competition between them is kind of mild and friendly — no pressing the pedal to the metal.

On Saturday, a Tesla Semi, Cybertruck, and a few Tesla vehicles in white were spotted outside the automaker’s Gigafactory in Austin, Texas. In one instance, a short drag race was conducted between Tesla Semi and a Cybertruck prototype.

Tesla Accessories by EVANNEX.
– Sponsored –
https://twitter.com/greggertruck/status/1631384199486926849

This was kind of a tamed drag race as you must have noticed in the video above. A bobtail (without a trailer) Tesla Semi vs. the Cybertruck, an epic battle it would have been but the Cybertruck did not floor it at all.

Tesla Semi has a 3-motor drivetrain while the Cybertruck prototype in this race is a 4-motor variant with each wheel having its own motor. This quad-motor drivetrain setup enables the Cybertruck with the 4-wheel steering capability we have seen before.

However, a Tesla Semi truck due to its ultra-modern curvy design has a very optimized drag coefficient of 0.36 Cd. This is even better than a Bugatti Chiron which has a coefficient of drag of 0.38 Cd. While traditional semi trucks with their bad aerodynamic design fall between 0.65 – 0.70 Cd.

Tesla Semi vs. Bugatti Chiron aerodynamic drag coefficient comparison.
Tesla Semi vs. Bugatti Chiron aerodynamic drag coefficient comparison. Credit: Courtesy of Tesla, Inc. (from the Tesla Semi unveiling event via Elon Musk / Twitter).

Looks like Tesla had put these vehicles outside Giga Texas on purpose during the weekend, as multiple other observers posted videos and pictures of both the Semi and the Cybertruck prototype.

Some enthusiasts were even able to take pictures and video from a very close distance to these vehicles. Like Aditya, who shared the following pictures and a video of the Cybertruck bed cover electrically closing down. We can also call this the Cybertruck bed shutter, IMO.

– Advertisement –
Video: Tesla Cybertruck 4-wheel steering in action outside Giga Texas.

The Cybertruck prototype was also seen demonstrating its 4-wheel steerability (Crab Mode) which the automaker has been working on for around 2 years now. However, the 4-wheel steering will only be available on the top-tier quad-motor Cybertruck, and Tri, Dual, and Single-Motor variants will of course lack this feature.

Tesla aims to start the production of its controversial-design Cybertruck this year at Giga Texas. The tooling process to set up assembly lines had already begun last year and IDRA’s 9,000-ton Giga Press is in the process of commissioning at the factory as well. So, Tesla so far seems to be following the correct timeline for Cybertruck production.

While Tesla Semi’s first production and deliveries started last year and around 38 of these trucks are currently functional with PepsiCo and Frito-Lay. However, the automaker has big expansion plans for its Giga Nevada factory to ramp up Tesla Semi and 4680 cell production.

Stay tuned for constant Tesla updates, follow us on: 
Google News | Flipboard | RSS (Feedly).

Related

Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar Alihttp://www.teslaoracle.com
Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on XAutoWorld.com, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii

Latest News

Cybertruck takes Monaco Hairpin turn with ease using 4-wheel steering, steals attention from ultra-luxury cars

Fairmont Hairpin Curve is a popular tourist destination in  Monte Carlo, Monaco — and what better place is to...

Chuck Cook tests Tesla FSD v12.4.1 at his difficult unprotected left turn (video)

It has been almost two weeks since Tesla started rolling out FSD v12.4.1 to a limited number of external...

Cheaper non-Foundation Tesla Cybertruck production to start in Q3 2024

During the Tesla (TSLA) Annual Shareholder Meeting Q & A session last week, the CEO Elon Musk gave an...

Tesla investors approve Elon Musk’s $56B pay package, he shares the vision for a $25T market cap

Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk was more than happy as he danced his way to the presentation floor at...
- Advertisement -

Flight 4 Starship survives reentry burn and makes a successful splashdown landing

Yesterday’s Starship launch (Flight 4/IFT-4) accomplished all of its goals. The successful launch and reentry of both Super Heavy...

SpaceX announces new Starship Flight 4 date, adds Hot-stage Jettison to the timeline, more

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has announced the earliest date of Starship Flight 4 i.e. 6th June 2024. The spaceflight company...

Starship updates: New Flight 4 schedule, watch full stack test, developments at Starbase, more

SpaceX’s orbital launch site in Starbase, Texas had a tough work routine this past week with multiple operations going...

Tesla Tips & Tricks

Here’s how much battery is drained if a Tesla is left unplugged for 32 days

A Tesla Model 3 owner parked her car in...

Here’s how to clean jeans stains from white seats of your Tesla Model S, 3, X, or Y

The white interior is the most popular option among...

Tesla Quarterly Reports & Eearnings

- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended for You