This Tesla Cybertruck Is Really A Ford F-150 Raptor Underneath
Someone built a Cybertruck before Tesla did, but it’s powered by a gasoline engineby Ciprian Florea, on LISTEN 03:47
The Tesla Cybertruck created quite a stir when it was unveiled back in 2019. That’s mostly because it boasts an unusual design with extremely sharp lines, but it’s also because Tesla promises performance and towing specs that will put the Cybertruck well above the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and the Ram 1500.
Naturally, electric vehicle and truck enthusiasts have lined up up to buy one, but the wait is going to be very long since the Cybertruck isn’t scheduled to roll off the assembly line until late 2021. But a fan from Bosnia took matters into his own hands and transformed a Ford F-150 Raptor into a Cybertruck.
The conversion was done by a team of IT specialists and engineers working at the owner's company, Stark Solutions.
According to Reuters, it took them eight months to disassemble the F-150 Raptor truck and build a body that looks similar to the Tesla Cybertruck. Although it’s not identical to the angular truck that Elon Musk unveiled in 2019, and it clearly doesn’t feature all the smart tech, it’s a good looking clone that might fool a few people from believing it’s the rear deal.
The "Ford Cybertruck" was driven for the first time through the streets of Mostar and drew a lot of attention. According to Stark Solutions manager Mario Coric, "everybody was watching and half of them thought we made a tank, because people don’t know what the Cybertruck is."
"The owner wanted us to combine two opposite sides — Ford and Cyber — because he is a fan of both Tesla and Ford, so we merged two souls into one," he added.
The truck continues to feature the drivetrain of the Ford F-150 Raptor, so power comes from a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.
There’s no electrification whatsoever, so the conversion is just about the looks. But it seems the owner might not be able to drive this creation on public roads, because sharp vehicle edges are banned in Bosnia. Start Solutions is still trying to register it though.
|Engine:||3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine (third-generation Viper)|
|Torque:||510 pound-feet of torque|
|0 to 60 mph:||5.1 seconds|
|Top Speed:||107 mph|
|Curb Weight:||5,525 pounds (2,506 kilos)|
|Power-to-weight ratio (US tonne):||163|
|Used-Car Price (average):||$30,000|
The Tesla Cybertruck is coming in 2021
Unveiled in prototype form in November 2019, the Tesla Cybertruck is scheduled to arrive in 2021. The American company is planning to built a $1.1-billion factory near Austin, Texas, which will handle Cybertruck production exclusively.
The all-electric truck will be sold with three drivetrain configurations. There will be a base, single-motor RWD variant that will be able to run for up to 250 miles per charge and two up to 7,500 pounds. The mid-range version will feature the dual-motor, AWD layout and will provide 300 miles per charge and two more than 10,000 pounds of cargo.
Finally, there will be a tri-motor AWD model with the company’s new Plaid drivetrain. Capable to cover more than 500 miles per charge, it will also enable the Cybertruck to tow more than 14,000 pounds. This truck will also run 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 130 mph.
|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|
The truck features an exterior made from stainless steel panels and an in-house-developed alloy that’s bullet-resistant against 9mm caliber bullets. Its windows are also bullet proof, so the truck is built almost like a tank.
Pricing for the Cybertruck starts from $39,900, but the range-topping model with the tri-motor layout will come in at $69,900.