Tesla, the clever maestro of invention and, let's be honest about it, a little of lighthearted trolling, has once again gotten the internet buzzing with a sight that is absolutely mind-boggling. Imagine for a moment that a Tesla Cybertruck has been wrapped in vinyl in the style of a Ford F-150. You read it correctly; the Cybertruck has made the decision to assume a whole other persona. And, boy, did that get people talking!
Follow that... Cyber... F1.5..... Cybertruck! FOLLOW THAT CYBERTRUCK! 🥸 pic.twitter.com/PffNH1HICD— Greggertruck (@greggertruck) July 26, 2023
It all began when a sneaky picture appeared online showing the Cybertruck at a Tesla store while it was wrapped in a well-constructed wrap that made it seem uncannily like a Ford F-150. This was the spark that sparked the fire that started the whole thing.
Buddy in Palo Alto spotted a Cybertruck in the wild. Manufacturer tags— Brian Sullivan (@SullyCNBC) July 26, 2023
Tesla clearly messing with (hiding?) some final trim details with wheel wells and rear end.
He said truck was huge (and he usually drives a Dodge Ram).
Questions filled the internet as people's minds were blown by the news. Was it a ruse to hide the last-minute changes to the manufacturing design? Or maybe Tesla just wanted to stir up some discussion about whether or not wrapping the Cybertruck would be an effective approach to give it a new personality.
However, it was not the conclusion of the tale. Oh no, Tesla has even more surprises in store for its customers. The F-150 disguised as the Cybertruck was seen being carried on a truck as it was being noticed in Livermore, California, by the sharp-eyed Justin Wolfe.
The Cybertruck was still wearing its disguise. For Tesla, prototypes with stealthy wrapping have been fairly rare; yet, it would seem that the company has found success with the Cybertruck's use of this strategy. Is it a strategy to confound one's rivals or just a clever marketing maneuver to get people talking about your brand? Considering what we know about Elon Musk, it's possible that it's both, and we can assume that he takes great pleasure in it.
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It is common knowledge that Elon has his eyes set on the F-150 as the adversary that the Cybertruck will face. Therefore, when Tesla first showed off its electric beast in 2019, the company did not pass up the opportunity to compete against the traditional workhorse in a storied game of tug-of-war. And the internet was presented with a show that will not soon be forgotten. Now, with the F-150 vinyl cover, Tesla seems to be dropping hints about something else altogether. Is it intended to be a nice gesture for Ford, or is it the Cybertruck's way of saying, "Anything you can do, I can do better"?
However, the good times didn't end there! Recent photographs have emerged depicting what seems to be a Cybertruck driving about in disguise in the city of Palo Alto. The Twitterati that provided us photos of the covert action were people like Brian Sullivan (@SullyCNBC) and Greggertruck (@greggertruck). However, Tesla was not attempting to pull a fast one on anybody, since their license plate revealed the joke to be a practical joke. The timeless comedy of Tesla resurfaces here!
And as soon as the Cybertruck started driving around, comparisons were certain to start happening. The very short nose shape of the Cybertruck results in a frunk that has a more compact appearance when compared to that of the Ford F-150 Lightning. This is one of the most apparent differences. But, lest we forget, the Cybertruck's structural skin is created from cold-rolled stainless steel, which gives it Herculean strength. This is something we should not forget.
The Cybertruck's ability to transform into several forms was met with mixed reactions from passengers. Jim Farley, the CEO of Ford, had earlier made a remark about the Cybertruck, asserting that it was not a truck designed for actual labor. He highlighted the workhorse qualities of the F-150 while contrasting the F-150's conventional body-on-frame configuration with the unibody design of the vehicle in question. The Cybertruck, on the other hand, is not your typical unibody pickup due to the sturdy exoskeleton made of stainless steel.
There is little question that the competition between Tesla and Ford has brought an additional dimension of flavor to the market for electric trucks. And while Tesla continues to surprise us with new stunts, we can't help but be amazed by the inventiveness and wit demonstrated by the electric powerhouse.
One thing is certain, regardless of whether the Cybertruck is wrapping or rapping: it is a showstopper that is here to stay, and it is keeping the EV world on its toes, impatiently waiting for the next surprise in this exciting drama.
Here's a Youtube video of the event: