Why the Tesla Cybertruck Is Designed the Way It Is

November 30, 2019

The debut of Tesla’s new Cybertruck has many perplexed by the futuristic “Blade Runner”-inspired look of the vehicle.

But there’s actually a functional reason for the truck’s triangular yet boxy design beyond the company’s CEO Elon Musk wanting it to be as extra as possible.

According to TechCrunch, the Cybertruck features a unibody design, which means the vehicle’s body and frame are one, similar to a metal cage. Most other pick-up trucks have a body-on-frame design, in which the body of the vehicle sits on a metal frame.

For body-on-frame trucks to be able to pull heavy loads you just have to make the frame heavier, as that is what handles all the stress. But in a unibody design like the Cybertruck, “the vehicle has to employ a key design element to enable high-capacity towing: a sail pillar.”

And to increase the Tesla’s towing capacity the Cybertruck had to use as big of a sail pillar as possible, which explains the severe and triangular backend of the vehicle.

The unconventional look appears to have paid off as the Cybertruck boasts a maximum towing capacity of 14,000 lbs, which dramatically exceeds the capability of a Ford F150.

Its light stainless steel frame also allows the all-wheel-drive model to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. The two-wheel drive model will be a bit slower as it takes 6.5 seconds to reach that speed, according to Outside.

Car buyers can choose between three Cybertruck models ranging in price from $39,900 to $69,900, depending on whether you choose one with a singular, dual or tri motor.

Since its release last week, Tesla has received 250,000 pre-orders for the Cybertruck, which isn’t scheduled to begin production until 2021.