Two Tesla Cybertrucks have been spotted while getting transported on a tow trailer. One looked damaged and battered, tightly tied to the trailer with towing straps. The other one was covered but wasn’t tied and looked fine (video below).
Looking closely at the video a couple of times, we see an information sticker labeled on the side of the damaged Cybertruck. The label shows information that suggests it has gone through a rollover crash safety test.
Tesla took these Cybetrucks for rollover crash safety testing at the MGA Research Corporation. MGA has facilities in both California and Texas among other states and in Canada. The company specializes and automotive crash testing and especially rollover testing for the automotive segment.
Although the resolution of the video is not very good, here’s what I was able to read from the door label inserted by MGA:
One thing from this code is clear that the Cybertruck went through a Ditch Rollover Test. MGA explains the Ditch Rollover test on its website as follows:
Ditch testing recreates a common rollover situation along a road. A steep embankment easily trips cars into a roll situation. MGA’s ditch wall uses hydraulic rams to adjust the wall angle from 35°-55°. The angle the car approaches the ditch wall is adjustable from 5°-20°.
Cybertruck apparently has performed well in the ditch rollover test. In the following frame taken from the video, we can see that the occupant cabin of the Cybertruck has remained mostly intact and the side curtain airbags have been successfully deployed. Interestingly, the rear center display of the Cybertruck is also visible in the following photo.
However, the glass of both rear windows was shattered during the test (later on completely removed before loading on the trailer). The passenger-side front window glass of the Cybertruck was also cracked but not so bad that it would fall down during the travel on the trailer.
Although the passenger cabin did not crumple much, we can see in the above photo that the A-pillar of the Cybertruck has somewhat bent and lost its shape. But overall, Cybertruck seems to have handled the intense rollover crash test very well.
Tesla vehicles due to their safety-first design and engineering perform very well in crash-worthiness tests. Due to a low center of gravity due to the battery pack floor and a rigid glass roof, Teslas usually gain top ratings in rollover safety tests as well. In 2021, Tesla Model Y scored a perfect 5-star rating in NHTSA crash and rollover testing.
A few years ago, a Tesla Model 3 in China rolled over in an accident and landed on its glass roof and the roof stayed intact — the occupants kept out of harm’s way. Cybertruck is deemed to be the safest Tesla ever made and to surpass the existing top ratings the automaker has achieved with its cars.
Earlier this year, Tesla released a video teaser of a Cybertruck crash test. The video was recorded at the company’s Crash Lab in Fremont California. The teaser did not show how well the Cybertruck performed during the test, it has been almost 5 months since then and Tesla did not release the remaining footage. The full video will most probably be made public at the Cybertruck Delivery Event expected at the end of this year.
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