• Elon Musk and Jay Leno Cruising in the Tesla Cybertruck Is Painfully Blissful

We are curious to see if they take the Cybertruck through the Boring Tunnel or not

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Back in January, the Cybertruck was spotted with two big names from the automotive industry seated in it. Tesla CEO Elon Musk was riding shotgun in the Cybertruck that was driven by Jay Leno. The drive was for a segment of Jay Leno’s Garage’s latest season, which premiered on May 20, 2020. A short video showing them cruising in the Cybertruck was uploaded on Instagram back then, but now we have a trailer that shows us what to expect from this episode.

Biggest Revelation In This Teaser – The Production-Spec Cybertruck Will Be A Tad Bit Smaller

Elon Musk and Jay Leno Cruising in the Tesla Cybertruck Is Painfully Blissful
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Although the clip is almost seven minutes long, the Jay and Elon part lasts for around 2 minutes and 30 seconds roughly. You can see them drive around the SpaceX factory and the Boring Tunnel. This, of course, isn’t the production-spec Cybertruck. They do speak about any changes we could see in the final Cybertruck, and Musk said that the dimensions will be reduced by five-percent overall.

This statement more or less supports his previous claim as well. A Twitter user had asked Musk what’s the biggest change made to the Cybertruck from the prototype unveil. Musk replied, “Reduced size by 3%, center line is more level & lower window sill height.” According to the specs released by Tesla at the time of the launch, the Cybertruck measured 231.7 inches. A three-percent reduction means the truck now measures seven inches shorter, approximately.

But now that Musk has said five-percent reduction, we can expect the length to reduce by 10.5 inches, width by around four inches, and height by over three inches.

These are the measurements of the pre-production Cybertruck:

Tesla Cybertruck exterior dimensions
Length 231.7 inches
Width 79.8 inches
Height 75 inches
Truck Bed 6.5 feet
Approach Angle 35 degrees
Departure Angle 28 degrees
Ground Clearance Up to 16 inches

For the sake of comparison, the Ford F-150’s length ranges from 209.3 inches to 250.5 inches, depending on the body style and configuration. A 6.5-foot bed F-150, just like the Cybertruck’s, in the SuperCrew cab configuration is 243.7 inches long. Cybertruck wasn’t longer than the competition, so why bother reducing the length? Musk says this is done so that it fits in a normal garage. Will Tesla reduce the wheelbase or the truck bed? Highly unlikely, but you never know.

You Can Expect A Lot Of Positive Talks About The Cybertruck In The Show

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Jay Leno has said on many occasions in the past that electric cars are the future. Leno is a Tesla car owner himself and has vouched for the brand previously. He once said, “I mean, the advantage of electricity. I have a Tesla. I’ve had it for three years. I’ve never done anything. There’s no fluids to change. There’s nothing. You know, For new technology to succeed, it can’t be equal. It’s got to be better. And they’ve (Tesla) sort of solved the battery problem. It can go 350 to 400 miles at a charge. There’s no maintenance. They’re faster than the gas car. So there’s almost no reason to have a gas car unless you’re doing long-haul duty.”

The filming had taken place earlier this year, and Elon Musk and Jay Leno were spotted driving the Cybertruck down Hawtorne’s Crenshaw Boulevard. They were spotted filming near the SpaceX headquarters and the Tesla Design Center as well. The crew was even spotted setting up the cameras to film near a Tesla Supercharger. Lots of stuff to expect from the episode.

Final Thoughts

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The video showcased a couple of other clips as well where you can see Jay Leno in an L.A. fire department chopper demonstrating how the aerial missions work. He also goes on a drive with a blind man in his 2008 Corvette. Overall, it looks exciting. Jay Leno’s Garage airs every Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. ET on CNBC.

2021 Tesla Cybertruck specifications
Single-motor RWD Dual-motor AWD Tri-motor AWD
Horsepower: >400 HP 690 HP 800 HP
Torque: TBA 824 LB-FT 1,000 LB-FT
Range: 250+ miles 300+ miles 500+ miles
0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds 4.5 seconds 2.9 seconds
Top Speed: 110 mph 120 mph 130 mph
Payload Capacity: 3,500 pounds 3,500 pounds 3,500 pounds
Towing Capacity: 7,500 pounds 10,000 pounds 14,000 pounds
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