Is Tesla up to the challenge?
The Baja 1000 has long been the ultimate test for off-road vehicles. The international race stretches over 1,000 miles of dirt track, sand dunes, and steep inclines on the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk bragged in April that the electric car company’s much-hyped Cybertruck would pass the challenge with flying colors.
“We’re working on increasing dynamic air suspension travel for better off-roading,” Musk wrote in a tweet at the time, referring to the Cybertruck. “Needs to kick butt in Baja.”
Now, a Tesla competitor is throwing down the gauntlet, Teslarati reports. James Glickenhaus, leader of the boutique automotive manufacturer Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, challenged Musk to “bring it” at the 2023 Baja event, challenging Tesla to a race — against Glickenhaus’ hydrogen-powered off-road vehicle.
Cybertruck vs. Hydrogen
It’s an especially spicy challenge considering Musk’s views on the matter. “You have said that Hydrogen technology is ‘Mind boggling [sic] stupid,'” Glickenhaus wrote in an Instagram post. “You’ve also mentioned that The Baja would be a great test for your Cyber Truck [sic]. We say Bring It.”
“The Baja 1000 would be a great test for your Cyber Truck [sic],” the boutique owner wrote, noting that its gas-powered vehicles raced the Baja 1000 twice, winning last year’s Baja 1000 Class 2.
Glickenhaus’ plan is to convert that winning formula to a hydrogen powertrain in order to race in the 2023 Baja 1000.
“This would be a great time for you to join the race with your Cyber Truck [sic],” he wrote.
Glickenhaus even offered up to “set up charging stations for your Cybertruck,” noting that one tank of hydrogen should be enough for “the entire 1,000 miles.”
Tesla’s top-of-the-range Cybertruck with three motors only has an estimated range of “500 plus miles,” according to the company’s website.
READ MORE: Tesla Cybertruck challenged to 1k-mile race against hydrogen-powered off-road beast [Teslarati]
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