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Finally Answered! Can a Tesla Cybertruck Towing a Porsche Really Beat a 911?

  • At its launch, Tesla CEO Elon Musk claimed that the Cybertruck could beat a Porsche 911 over the quarter mile while towing a 911.
  • The claim has been tried many times since then, but now it’s finally being put to the test in a new video.
  • Will the Cybertruck be able to beat a Porsche over the quarter mile while also towing a 911? Will it even be able to beat him over an eighth of a mile?

One of the claims that has garnered the most attention since the Tesla Cybertruck launched last year has been Elon Musk’s claim that the electric vehicle can beat a Porsche 911 over the quarter mile while also towing a 911. The claim is now finally being taken into account by taking the test under the most generous circumstances.

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While our own Chris Chilton questioned Musk’s claim in a great post, its validity was further examined mathematically by Engineering Explained’s Jason Fenske, who used his trademark whiteboard to show that the Tesla CEO’s numbers were likely inflated.

Read: Math thwarts Elon Musk’s Tesla Cybertruck. Porsche 911 Triumph

Now Fenske has been invited to the drag strip by Motor Trend to see if his math works out in the real world. They put together a private Cybertruck Cyberbeast, attached it to a trailer, put a Porsche on it and rented a race track to put the truck to the ultimate test.

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And the outlet was very thorough, poring over details from Tesla’s video and even going so far as to find the actual trailer the automaker used in its attempt (which happens to be the lightest car hauler on the market).

Where details were not available, Motor Trend interpreted them as generously as possible. They brought the slowest and lightest (non-Dakar) 911 for sale to the track (a Carrera T) and even put the lighter driver in the electric vehicle to give the Cybertruck the best possible chance of meeting Musk’s claim.

    Finally answered!  Can a Tesla cybertruck towing a Porsche really beat a 911?

Well, that’s it. This video is as perfect a recreation of the conditions of Tesla’s launch film as one could imagine. And? Well, it won’t come as a surprise to people who have followed her career, but Fenske’s calculation is correct and Musk’s claims are exaggerated.

In the quarter mile, the Porsche 911 Carrera T consistently beats the Tesla Cybertruck (with a 911). Although Motor Trend only showed the results of three races in the video, it reveals on its website that it ran six races and in every race the sports car beat the electric truck, in the last race even by 0.7 seconds in the first ( and most competitive) run by just 0.2 seconds.

What may surprise you is that the Porsche actually wins on average by an eighth of a mile – the distance that Tesla probably stated in its introductory film. Although the Cybertruck beat the 911 by half the distance in the first race, this was the only one of the six races that it won cleanly. Overall, the Tesla is faster over an eighth of a mile once, the vehicles are on par twice and the Porsche wins three times.

    Finally answered!  Can a Tesla cybertruck towing a Porsche really beat a 911?

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Of course, that’s not an indictment of the Cybertruck, which performed spectacularly in this test and is an extremely fast vehicle in every respect. Even Fenske admits he was impressed with the EV and that “it felt fast, it didn’t feel like I was pulling!” Better yet, he says it was stable and never felt patchy, although that, what it did was very silly and probably a little dangerous.

In fact, I’d go so far as to call this race a testament to the Tesla Cybertruck’s impressive speed, but it’s another reminder not to always believe Mr. Musk’s claims.

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