- A Rivian navigated a hill that the Cybertruck had previously struggled to climb.
- Earlier this month, a series of videos showed the Cybertruck spinning its wheels on a dirt hill.
- Elon Musk promoted his truck as being more powerful than most.
The Rivian R1T appears to have outpaced the Tesla Cybertruck on an off-road course.
Videos posted online earlier in November appear to show the Cybertruck struggling to get traction on a steep incline and sliding along some turns in sandy terrain. The video was originally posted on Instagram by Jason and Rochelle Paul, under the handle @stretch_thecj2l, but has received nearly 500,000 views. On Xthe social network formerly known as Twitter.
The initial Instagram post said that three Cybertrucks were being tested in Hollister Hills, a popular off-road area near Monterey, California. The videos have led some Tesla fans to speculate online that the Cybertruck may not be as powerful as Elon Musk originally announced — especially since other videos showed a 1946 Jeep CJ-2A navigating the same hill with ease.
To make matters worse, a video of one of the Cybertruck’s biggest competitors also appears to be beating Musk’s truck on the same section of lanes.
The video, posted by an account on .
“Walking cake! I tried to imitate what the Cybertruck did,” @omg_tesla said on X
“The Stair Step is made mostly of cement,” they wrote. “They made it a low-traction surface and it balances the steps which makes the car go up and flex or hinge its suspension. As more vehicles go up, they leave behind trails of dirt that make it more slippery.”
In contrast, videos of the two Cybertrucks that appeared to be testing on the course showed the trucks struggling down and up the hill.
“Is he even on?” a woman in the video asked at one point while watching the Cybertruck.
This isn’t the first time people have spotted a Cyber Truck struggling to navigate difficult terrain. In May, an X user posted a video showing the Cybertruck Allegedly Stuck in a mud field in Texas.
Spokespeople for Tesla and Rivian did not immediately respond to requests for comment. One auto expert previously told Insider that it’s unfair to do so Judging the car from the prototypeespecially those that have undergone rigorous testing and are potentially harmful.
Musk said the car is designed to be the perfect car for the end of the world – supposedly Bulletproof stainless steel Exterior appearance and even an additional option for fixed bulletproof windows. During an interview with Joe Rogan earlier this month, Musk confirmed that the car can raise the ride height to avoid obstacles.
“Normally in other vehicles — gasoline or diesel cars — you have the differential that hangs between the rear wheels,” Musk said. So, when you look under the truck, you’ll always see a very low slung diff. So, if you hit the differential on a rock, it will break. But no, the bottom of the Cybertruck is completely flat and has the best clear height of any vehicle.”