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Ford Super Duty Rescues Tesla Cybertruck: Video

The Tesla Cybertruck was revealed back in 2019, with a launch date originally slated for 2021. However, that year came and went, and in the meantime, one of that truck’s chief rivals – the Ford F-150 Lightning – made it to market. The Cybertruck officially entered production back in July, after which several prototypes were spotted out testing at various locations – in some cases, wearing humorous wraps designed to make it look like an F-150. Customer deliveries just began a couple of weeks ago, and Ford CEO Jim Farley even congratulated Tesla CEO Elon Musk for the successful launch, even after calling the Cybertruck a vehicle for “Silicon Valley” people. Now, after we recently saw a Cybertruck fail to climb the same rocky slope as an F-150 Lightning, a new video has surfaced showing another one getting rescued by a Ford Super Duty.

In this video, we see what is a Tesla Cybertruck “RC” (Release Candidate), or pre-production model, struggling to climb up a snowy hill with a tree in its bed. Luckily, a Ford Super Duty was nearby to lend a helping hand – or tow strap, rather – and proceeds to pull it out of its predicament. In all fairness, it’s possible that pretty much any other production vehicle would have gotten stuck on the same slippery, snowy hill, though it’s tough to say whether or not that would be the case. Regardless, it is notable given Tesla’s touting of the Cybertruck as an off-road capable vehicle, nonetheless.

Tesla Cybertruck Rescued By Ford Super Duty - Exterior 002 - Front Three Quarters

In any event, the Cybertruck does manage to trump the F-150 Lightning in at least two areas – max payload and towing capacity. The Cybertruck will reportedly offer a max payload of 2,500 pounds, as well as 11,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity. This is notable because both figures best the Ford F-150 Lightning, which has a maximum payload of 1,932 pounds for models equipped with the extended range battery or 2,235 with the standard range. Max tow ratings for the Blue Oval EV pickup come in at 7,700 pounds for standard range models, 8,500 pounds for the Platinum trim, and 10,000 pounds for the XLT and Lariat with the extended range battery.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. David Dickinson II

    Both the Cybertruck and the Lightning (a little skinnier) weigh in at nearly 7,000 pounds. Any time they have to deal soft soil or mud, they are at a disadvantage due to that extra weight.

  2. John

    Poetic justice

  3. Rory

    Does it not have a locking diff???? Or, did the driver not engage it? No sense having a 4×4 without a locking diff!

  4. Alfred

    Inexperienced driver and a truck with skinny street tires.

  5. Thunderbird79

    I have seen an f350 with the B20 engine literally pull a propane truck 80 percent full out of a swamp in the middle of the winter with 4 or 5 good tugs very impressive to say the least


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