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Elon Musk explains why Tesla’s Cybertruck window broke during the launch event

Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to explain why the windows of his Cybertruck embarrassingly broke during a failed strength test at its launch event last week. 

Mr Musk explained in a tweet that the base of the glass window had already been weakened during a previous demo.

Designer Franz von Holzhausen had hit the car’s door with a sledgehammer to prove its toughness and, while it appeared to go unscathed, this ‘cracked the base of [the] glass’, according to Musk. 

It is unclear, however, if this explanation accounts for the breaking of the rear passenger window, which was not similarly hammered.

Elon Musk, left, has taken to Twitter to explain why the windows of his Cybertruck embarrassingly broke, right, during a failed strength test at its launch event last week

CYBERTRUCK SPECS

There are three versions available: 

Single motor rear-wheel drive 

  • 250 miles of range
  • 7,500-pound towing capacity
  •  0-60 mph in under 6.5 seconds
  • Costs $39,900

Dual motor all-wheel drive 

  • 300 miles of range
  • 10,000-pound towing capacity
  • 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds 
  • Costs $49,900

Triple motor all-wheel drive*

  • 500 miles of range 
  • 14,000-pound towing capacity
  • 0-60 mph in under 2.9 seconds 
  • Costs $69,900 

(*to begin production in late 2022.)

The futuristic-looking Cybertruck was unveiled during an event in Tesla’s Hawthorne, California-based design studio on November 22, 2010.

During the event, Mr von Holzhausen pitched a steel ball at the futuristic-looking vehicle’s windows, which unexpectedly cracked under the pressure of the impact. 

Mr Musk — who went on to deliver a presentation in front of the broken car — was heard to mutter ‘oh my f*****g god’ after the unintended damage was wrought.

The Tesla CEO uploaded a video to Twitter showing the car surviving the exact same test off-stage, prior to the unveiling — before the door had been compromised by the sledgehammer impact.

It is also conceivable that it was the combination of the three different onslaughts — the ball, the sledgehammer and then the ball again — that pushed the glass to its literal breaking point. 

Despite this little misadventure, orders for the starkly-designed electric truck are apparently pouring in — reaching over 200,000 as of today.

This is a significant increase on just yesterday morning’s figures, which placed pre-orders for the vehicle, to enter production in 2021, at 150,000 units.

All this, Mr Musk took to Twitter to point out, has come with ‘no advertising & no paid endorsement.’

A number of his previous tweets, however, did appear to be designed to promote the Cybertruck to his followers. 

On Twitter, however, Mr Musk proffered an explanation for the unexpected breakages ¿ the base of the glass window had already been weakened during a previous demo

On Twitter, however, Mr Musk proffered an explanation for the unexpected breakages — the base of the glass window had already been weakened during a previous demo 

Elon Musk uploaded a video to Twitter showing the car surviving the exact same test off-stage, prior to the unveiling ¿ before the door had been compromised by the sledgehammer impact

Elon Musk uploaded a video to Twitter showing the car surviving the exact same test off-stage, prior to the unveiling — before the door had been compromised by the sledgehammer impact

Designer Franz von Holzhausen had hit the car's door with a sledgehammer to prove its toughness and while it went unscathed, this 'cracked the base of [the] glass'

Designer Franz von Holzhausen had hit the car’s door with a sledgehammer to prove its toughness and while it went unscathed, this ‘cracked the base of [the] glass’

It is also conceivable that it was the combination of the three different onslaughts that pushed the glass to its literal breaking point. Pictured, the interior of the Cybertruck, showing the front seats, dashboard and steering column

It is also conceivable that it was the combination of the three different onslaughts that pushed the glass to its literal breaking point. Pictured, the interior of the Cybertruck, showing the front seats, dashboard and steering column

Mr Musk also addressed why the Cybertruck’s outer shell is so angular — a design feature that has drawn much amusement online.

‘Reason Cybertruck is so planar is that you can’t stamp ultra-hard 30X steel, because it breaks the stamping press,’ he wrote on Twitter. 

‘Even bending it requires a deep score on inside of bend, which is how the prototype was made.’ 

Mr Musk also addressed why the Cybertruck's outer shell is so angular ¿ a design feature that has drawn much amusement online

Mr Musk also addressed why the Cybertruck’s outer shell is so angular — a design feature that has drawn much amusement online

Despite the little misadventure at the unveiling, orders for the starkly-designed electric truck are apparently pouring in ¿ reaching over 200,000 as of today

Despite the little misadventure at the unveiling, orders for the starkly-designed electric truck are apparently pouring in — reaching over 200,000 as of today

Mr Musk also addressed why the Cybertruck's outer shell is so angular ¿ a design feature that has drawn much amusement online. 'Reason Cybertruck is so planar is that you can¿t stamp ultra-hard 30X steel, because it breaks the stamping press,' he wrote on Twitter

Mr Musk also addressed why the Cybertruck’s outer shell is so angular — a design feature that has drawn much amusement online. ‘Reason Cybertruck is so planar is that you can’t stamp ultra-hard 30X steel, because it breaks the stamping press,’ he wrote on Twitter

ELON MUSK’S BIGGEST PR GAFFES

November 2019: During a demonstration of the Cybertruck’s ‘shatterproof windows’ the glass is broken 

November 2019: SpaceX’s Starship rocket prototype blew up due to a major failure during pressurisation testing 

 October 2019: Musk admits making a big mistake using Artificial Intelligence instead of human workers at Tesla 

June 2018: Musk announces ‘difficult but necessary reorganisation’ which will see nine percent of its workforce let go 

September 2019: The new Tesla Smart Summon feature causes chaos in parking lots, leading to bumper damage and near collisions 

April 2019: SpaceX lost its rocket booster to rough seas on the way back to port after collecting it 

October 2018: Tesla shares plummet to $250, its lowest in a year 

August 2018: Musk tweets that he is taking Tesla private for $420-a-share. It leads to an increase in stock price which saw his individual net worth rise by $1.4billion that day  

July 2018: After offering up a team of engineers to rescue a group of Thai boys who became stuck in a cave, Musk launches an astonishing attack on a local diver who tried to save them. He calls the man a ‘pedo’ in retaliation for his criticism of Tesla’s failure to get to the children and save them 

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