How hard can than be? Well, it’s not easy, we’ll tell you that much

Nobody thought we’d still be talking about the Tesla Cybertruck, but here we are. It looks like the controversial launch of the pickup truck and the car itself are still sending ripples throughout almost every online medium out there.

Take YouTube, for example, where a bunch of mechanical wizards set out to build a go-kart-sized replica of the Tesla Cybertruck. Their road from zero to hopefully hero is documented via three videos posted by the Hacksmith, so we’re urging you to go check them out because they’re totally worth it. In the meantime, let’s find out more about the project.

This Thing Will Look Just Like the Real Cybertruck

Let’s look at the timeline of events here. Musk presented the Cybertruck on November 19, 2019, and it racked up 200,000 pre-orders in just three days. Unwilling to wait too long for the actual thing, the Hacksmith decided to build his own, under a few clear requirements: the car had to pack a three-motor setup and be as quick as possible. Easier said than done.

Step one was getting the much-needed electric motors and controllers. Step two was reverse-engineering the truck’s intricate shape, and replacing the SolidWorks rendering with actual metal panels: 300 square feet of stainless steel sheets, to be more precise, along with some heavy plasma cutting. Step three: find a rear axle and a differential. Which they did, with a little bit of help from a guy that sells golf kart parts. They also had to burn down a nest of wasps off one of the wheels in the process. And that was just part of week one.

During the second week of building the Cybertruck, the guys managed to crash it before finally managing to tweak the brakes. Trial and error, we guess. It was also during week two that we found out the seats in the go-kart Cybertruck were going to be an adaptation of your humble, rotating, gaming chairs. Then came the welding process, followed by the necessary polishing and grinding in order to bring the replica up to the real thing’s appearance.

Now, at the time of writing, the kart-sized Cybertruck wasn’t completed yet, although the guys managed to make headway with the project and take the miniature pickup truck to a working state.

Hopefully, we’ll get more news about the final version soon, because this is one of the coolest DIY challenges we’ve seen lately, on par with Simone Giertz’s Truckla.

There’s still one question to be answered, though: will it pass the metal ball test?

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
Price $39,900 $49,900 $69,900
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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