On Thursday, Tesla unveiled their new (and unusual) pickup truck that looks a lot like how movies in the 1980s assumed cars would look like today. The Cybertruck is the sixth vehicle Tesla has unveiled since opening its doors in 2003; but this is the first of their vehicles intended for rugged off-road and utilitarian use.
Like all Teslas, this new vehicle will likely come packed with a variety of practical and novelty based doodads, but aside from the unusual body and electric motor, there wasn’t a lot for me to get excited about… that is, until Elon Musk announced that it was also bulletproof!
Despite what the “Lethal Weapon” movies would have you believe, your average car is not a very safe place to hide from a bullet with your name on it. Not long ago, I spent some time with the guys at Racing for Heroes at Virginia International Raceway, where retired Green Beret CW3 Mike Evock showed me around some of the vehicles they’ve used for different shooting exercises.
Despite already being aware that your average car doesn’t make for very good ballistic protection, the concept really hits home when you start walking around a Crown Victoria riddled with holes from varying caliber weapons. As Mike showed me, there are certainly some parts of the car that will offer greater protection, and leveraging a working knowledge of that can help you survive a bad situation in some circumstances — but by and large, a car just isn’t a great place to hide in a firefight. According to Elon Musk, however, his new truck is (though I wouldn’t count on the windows).