“Hey, I need to clear everyone out,” sounds like good advice for a test in which a new vehicle faces a hail of bullets.
The new vehicle was Tesla’s Cybertruck, which was delivered to the first buyers by CEO Elon Musk at a special event at Gigafactory Texas on Thursday.
During the 30-minute presentation, Musk promoted Tesla’s all-electric pickup, along with several short videos showing different aspects of the new vehicle.
Looking for a cool way to highlight the toughness of the Cybertruck’s exterior, Tesla turned to firearms experts to fire a load of bullets into the side of the pickup.
Later on Thursday, Tesla shared a video (below) on social media giving a behind-the-scenes look at how they conducted the Bullet test. Below the video is the final 30-second segment that Tesla included in Thursday’s live stream.
Tesla started with the Tommy gun before moving on to the Glock, MP5SD submachine gun, and shotgun.
Taking a closer look at the damage, it is the shotgun (not included in the presentation video) that caused the most trouble, with a double hit in the same spot breaking the window (at the bottom and therefore behind the door), although not otherwise. What happened was that the bullet reached inside the vehicle.
Overall, the exterior remained well intact, with mostly impact craters and little else affected.
A few years ago, when Musk was asked about the issue of installing bulletproof glass on pickup trucks, he replied in his inimitable way, “Because it sucks and is so cool.”
If you missed Thursday’s Cybertruck delivery event and want to watch it, here’s how to watch the replay.