Imagine if the Tesla Cybertruck could turn on the spot, just like your zero-turn lawnmower

With the all-new Tesla Cybertruck on the horizon, and all the drama that has ensued so far, I’ve been thinking about how it will stand out against every other truck on the market. Elon Musk has a habit of one-upping the competition and, since the Rivian R1T will feature four electric motors, I’m pretty sure the Cybertruck could as well. I know – Musk has said it will feature a dual-motor setup. But, with an electric motor on each wheel, the Cybertruck could, essentially, turn on a dime, much like a tank or zero-turn lawnmower. It might not sound too feasible, but neither did Musk’s flamethrower or the Model S sprinting to 60 mph in less than three seconds and, yet, here we are. So yeah, that’s the big surprise: The big, bulky Tesla Cybertruck will be able to turn like a tank.

Elon Musk Kind of Hinted That the Cybertruck Could Turn on a Dime

As pointed out by @LikeTeslaKim on twitter, the Cybertruck reveal invite actually gives the appearance that the Tesla Cybertruck could have wheels that rotate – I like to consider it four-wheel steering. Despite Musk’s claim that the Cybertruck would have a dual-motor configuration, a four-motor setup wouldn’t be that hard to concoct on something that’s going to be as large as and look like an armored personnel carrier. And if it’s really that large, being able to turn on a dime could be not only impressive but highly usable in some cases.


Now, to be honest, the whole zero-turn idea probably won’t happen, but there’s a possibility that it could. Elon Musk is the kind of guy that likes to do crazy things. He’s going to strap a rocket to the new Tesla Roadster, he sold the flamethrower, and he’s still expecting to send people to Mars. He likes to do what everyone says he won’t or can’t, and you can bet that if he’s thought about a four-motor Cybertruck and the ability to do insane donuts, then it will become a reality at some point in the future.

After all, a Cybertruck doing crazy, effortless donuts anytime, anywhere would be a whole hell of a lot of fun, don’t you think?

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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