Tesla Cybertruck updates: frunk fully visible, Pirelli Scorpion ATR tires, Baja Cabo off-roading, Giga Texas production status, more



There has been a lot happening in the Tesla Cybertruck space during the last few days. So, we decided to pack all the Cybertuck updates into a single post.

First and foremost, Tesla created a new dedicated Cybertruck account on Elon Musk-owned social media platform X (formerly Twitter). Tesla was able to secure the @cybertruck handle on X somehow and put use it as Cybertruck’s official account for videos and updates for the unconventional triangular electric pickup truck.

Talking of triangles, Tesla used a triangular ruler emoji for the Cybertruck’s X profile. The automaker even tweeted a rectangle ruler in a post as well.

Cybertruck’s official X (Twitter) account posts an icon of a Triangular Ruler.
Two Cybertruck RC prototypes spotted outside a hotel in Mexico as the Tesla team takes a rest during the Baja Cabo off-roading trip.
Two Cybertruck RC prototypes spotted outside a hotel in Mexico as the Tesla team takes a rest during the Baja Cabo off-roading trip. Credit: Rosanna Prestia, MBA via X (Twitter).
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Cybertruck Baja Cabo Off-Road Trip

Tesla sent two RC engineering prototype Cybertrucks on an off-road trip to Baja Cabo, Mexico. The automaker shared live-stream footage of the Cybertruck off-roading durability test on X yesterday.

“We really wanted to see first-hand how these trucks handle one of the most challenging routes in the world,” one of the testing engineers said at the start of the live stream.

The following video shows a very tough terrain — mud, sand, rocks, puddles, ramps, and unpaved roads — this route is a complete off-road testing package.

3 Elon Musk companies were involved in live-streaming the Cybertruck Baja off-road durability testing. Tesla with its Cybertruck, X as the live-stream hosting platform, and Starlink satellite internet for broadcasting the live stream.

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Except for the special race seats and 5-point harnesses for the safety of the test engineers, these Cybertruck RC prototypes are entirely stock without any modifications.

This Tesla Cybertruck off-road durability test started a week ago before this video was finally posted on X. The trip started from San Diego, California and the trucks crossed more than 1,000 miles of Baja California to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (check the following map).

Map of Baja California: from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Map of Baja California: from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Credit: MexBound.com.

The Map of Baja California shows the driving route to Cabo San Lucas. The trip to Cabo San Lucas is over 1000 miles and will take you approximately 24 hours to get there from the San Diego International Border. If you do decide to take the over 1000-mile drive to Cabo San Lucas.

Source: MexBound.com

On this journey, these Cybertrucks were charged using the Tesla Destination Charging network for the most part. According to the testing engineer, Tesla Destination Chargers at the hotels along this route helped recharge the Cybertrucks to get ready for the next part of the off-road adventure.

This confirms that a Cybertruck can be charged easily with the existing charging network and such a long journey is possible even without many Tesla Supercharger stations along the route.

Cybertruck Frunk

Tesla refrained from showing the Cybertruck’s front trunk (frunk) for a long time since its unveiling in 2019. The reason largely remained unknown. But it has been spotted a few times lately.

As both the Cybertrucks and the Tesla testing crew reached Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — and the trucks were parked outside a hotel, local Tesla enthusiasts gathered around the trucks to take photos and videos.

In one of these photos, the frunk of the Cybertruck was completely revealed. In another photo, we can see a Tesla engineer sitting on the opened frunk of the Cybertruck which shows the huge space it has. The Cybertruck frunk is the largest of any Tesla vehicle we have witnessed yet.

We saw the opened frunks of multiple Cybertrucks in a leaked video of the Giga Texas production area a couple of months ago. But the the visuals were not clear enough, the images from Baja Cabo show the frunk of the Cyebrtruck much more clearly.

Frunk of a Tesla Cybertruck spotted at Baja Cabo during the off-road durability testing in Mexico.
Frunk of a Tesla Cybertruck spotted at Baja Cabo during the off-road durability testing in Mexico. Credit: Rosanna Prestia, MBA via X (Twitter).
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Tesla Cybertruck RCs spotted at a hotel in Baja Cabo.

Cybertruck Spotted with Pirelli Scorpion ATR (All-Terrain) Tires

Another Cybertruck was spotted in Florida and interestingly with a new brand of tires installed. Previously, a Cybertruck prototype which was wrapped in an F-150 skin had Goodyear Territory tires on it.

Now, this Cybertruck prototype is seen with Pirelli Scorpion ATR tires. According to the Pirelli website, the Scorpion ATR tires are summer off-road tires for SUVs. The sizes of this range from 14″ to 24″. Cybertruck had 20″ wheels, the last time it was seen with the Goodyear tires.

Tesla Cybertruck spotted with Pirelli Scorpion ATR tires in Merritt Island, Florida.
Tesla Cybertruck spotted with Pirelli Scorpion ATR tires in Merritt Island, Florida. @greggertruck / X (Twitter).

Pirelli describes the Scorpion ATR tires as:

Off-road it is tenacious and reliable. On road, it provides comfort, excellent traction and resistance to wear. A versatile and safe tyre, the SCORPION™ ATR features a tread with a specific self-cleaning pattern. It facilitates the most demanding off-road driving and resists the hardest shocks on uneven surfaces.

Once back on the road it provides safety when braking and whilst cornering. It delivers a high resistance to aquaplaning and low rolling noise, which enhances the acoustic comfort in the cabin. Excellent traction in all road conditions. Characterization as an all-terrain tire, this is confirmed by its ability to provide a safe and controlled performance on the most diverse surfaces, from gravel to mud, it offers a reassuring grip. SCORPION™ ATR features the M+S marking engraved on the sidewall.

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The default tread design of the Pirelli Scorpion ATR tires.
The default tread design of the Pirelli Scorpion ATR tires. Credit: Courtesy of Pirelli.

I took a closer look at both the original Pirelli Scorpion ATR tire’s tread design and the one installed on the Cybertruck (photo above). Tesla seems to have gotten Pirelli to customize the design of the tire for the Cybertruck.

Cybertruck Production Status

In drone views captured by Giga Texas local observer Joe Tegtmeyer, hundreds of Cybertruck front castings can be seen stacked outside the factory.

Since Tesla has already sold a low VIN Cybertruck in an auction at the Petersen Museum on the weekend, the automaker seems to have started production of customer delivery trucks already.

Several disposed of body-in-white (BIW) frames of Model Y and Cybertruck were spotted on the dumping car graveyard of Giga Texas over the weekend as well. This is probably an indicator that Tesla has concluded prototype production.

Tesla reportedly intends to hold the Cybertruck Delivery Event in October and Musk might announce the date in the upcoming Q3 2023 Earnings Call.

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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

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