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Elon Musk attempts Cybertruck window stunt again after it went so badly wrong before

Callum Jones

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Elon Musk attempts Cybertruck window stunt again after it went so badly wrong before

Featured Image Credit: Tesla

Some four years later, Elon Musk has attempted the Cybertruck windows stunt after it went so badly wrong last time.

Tesla founder Musk first debuted the Cybertruck in 2019, and we all remember that extremely awkward moment he boasted of the car's so-called 'shatterproof' windows only for one of them to be smashed during a live demo.

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The Cybertruck is designed to have the ‘utility of a truck with sports car performance’, having been built to be ‘durable, versatile, capable and high-performance'.

Musk was so confident in the vehicle’s rock-hard credentials back in 2019, he asked Tesla design chief Franz von Holshausen to try and break the glass of the 'shatterproof' glass during a launch demo.

"You want a truck that's really tough, not fake tough,” he said at the time.

"You want a truck you can take a sledgehammer to, a truck that won't scratch, doesn't dent."

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But when von Holshausen launched a steel ball at the car, he actually ended up breaking two windows.

The original stunt did not go to plan. Credit: Tesla
The original stunt did not go to plan. Credit: Tesla

Musk was adamant the test wasn't a complete failure, telling the room: "A little room for improvement. Alright, let's see... So yeah... We threw wrenches, we threw everything - we even literally threw the kitchen sink at the glass and it didn't break.

"For some weird reason it broke now, I don't know why. We'll fix it in post."

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Now, the Tesla founder attempted the same stunt again during an event in Texas on Thursday (30 November).

von Holzhausen was once again on hand to complete the stunt in front of a large crowd who eagerly looked on.

Credit: Tesla
Credit: Tesla

But this time, the glass did not shatter at all as the it bounced back.

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It should be work noting that the stunt is not exactly like for like as a baseball was used on this occasion.

In 2019, Tesla's chief designer launched a steel ball at the Cybertruck.

Nonetheless, Musk was pretty happy with how the stunt went this time as he said: "I think we could probably have a pro pitcher lob it at it, it would still work.

"The glass is tough is what we are saying."

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According to Forbes, the original stunt during the big reveal of Cybertruck wiped $768 million from Musk's net worth in just one day, after the company's share price dropped by six percent.

The Tesla founder did not shy away from the incident however, penning on X (formerly known as Twitter): "Franz throws steel ball at Cybertruck window right before launch. Guess we have some improvements to make before production haha."

Topics: News, Elon Musk, Tesla

Callum Jones
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