On Sunday, Nov. 21, Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla, Inc., took the stage for the unveiling of the company’s newest creation, the ‘Cybertruck’. In a series of events that followed, the Chief of Design, Franz Von Holzhausen, administered several tests of the vehicle’s durability, including one test involving the bouncing of a steel ball off of the driver side window (which had been preceded by the swinging of a sledgehammer against the same door, that didn’t leave so much as a scratch). Upon the impact of the steel ball, to the world’s astonishment, the window shattered leaving somewhat of a crater where the ball had made contact. Standing by, in horror, Musk could be heard muttering curses under his breath before prompting von Holzhausen to take another toss at the rear driver side window. He obliged, tossing the ball a little lighter this time, yet, again, shattering the second window. The audience looked on in shock, as murmurs of disbelief began to pour out of their mouths. Still, Musk kept his cool as he finished the presentation, but later the following night, he took to Twitter, writing: “Guess we have some improvements to make before production haha,” captioned above a video of von Holzhausen throwing a steel ball full force against the window of the Cybertruck, in what appears to be just moments before the now infamous presentation. 

Musk also replied to another Twitter user, giving an explanation for the incident, writing: “Yup. Sledgehammer impact on door cracked base of glass, which is why steel ball didn’t bounce off. Should have done steel ball on window, *then* sledgehammer the door. Next time …” leaving the world to make up their mind as to what they might think about the car’s overall durability, and the potential quality of the claimed “bulletproof windows.”

However, regardless of whether or not the windows performed as proficient as some may have anticipated, it can still be noted that they performed “pretty good” as far as windows go. They may not be able to stop bullets as they stand, and they may have been fairly damaged by a steel ball, but to look at things in a different light, they certainly did better than the windows in my car would have done. If someone threw a steel ball, or even, a textbook at my car’s windows, they would be ‘obliterated,’ and I think a whole lot of people have recognized that. Over 200,000 people have reportedly placed orders for the Cybertruck, that releases in April 2020. Will you be getting one?

Written ByRyan Himes

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