Tesla Cybertrucks put through serious off-road testing in California

Published on Sep 21, 2023 at 2:19 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on Sep 22, 2023 at 10:52 AM (UTC+4)
Edited by Kate Bain

Tesla Cybertrucks put through serious off-road testing in California

Tesla Cybertruck testing is really ramping up now.

Prototypes have been spotted being put through their paces in cold weather, hot weather, driving in the city, and even off-road.

But one man’s chance encounter with a pair of release candidate (RC) vehicles is giving us the best look at the all-electric pickup truck yet.

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The off-road enthusiast, who goes by MuddyRuttzz on YouTube, recently stumbled across the dusty prototypes in a California off-road park.

The RC vehicles were in Northern California testing at the Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area after traveling from Texas.

Despite describing himself as a “Jeep guy and diesel guy”, MuddyRuttz said he was super impressed by the prototypes, and immediately got his camera out.

His video shows both vehicles, equipped with 20-inch wheels and all-terrain tires, with their air suspension at its highest setting.

Although we already had a fair idea, the footage reveals just how generous the Cybertruck’s ride height is.

For a truck of its size, it’s got pretty impressive approach and departure angles. 

Apparently, the Tesla engineers even demonstrated the Cybertruck’s air suspension system to him.

We don’t get to see that in the video, but he says there’s a huge difference between its lowest and highest setting.

The footage also shows one of the electric trucks climbing a hill and driving on the road.

That’s when we get a good glimpse of the rear-wheel steering system in action.

The two Cybertrucks were also accompanied by a Tesla Model X.

Equipped with a satellite communications system, the equipment was being used to send off-road data back to headquarters.

According to the YouTuber, the Tesla engineers were very friendly and answered all his questions, which is how he learned they’d driven all the way up from Texas.

More importantly, he said the Tesla employees told him deliveries of the Tesla Cybertruck should start next month.

You can watch the footage here!

If there’s any truth to that, it means initial deliveries have been delayed by a few weeks.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk previously stated this was meant to happen before the end of Q3 – i.e. in late September.

It’s a drop in the ocean really, considering we’ve waited four years since the unveiling of the original Tesla Cybertruck in November 2019.

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Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for supercarblondie.com. Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.