Wood you believe it? Inventor builds a WOODEN version of Tesla’s Cybertruck – and incredible video confirms it’s fully functional
While the real Cybertruck suffered from costly production delays, one inventor managed to build a fully functional version of Tesla’s vehicle in just 100 days.
YouTube channel ND – Woodworking Art showed off her amazing skills by building a wooden version of a road-capable Tesla.
Starting with a simple metal frame, this video shows designer Truong Van Dao shaping and cutting custom wood panels to build the Cybertruck’s chassis.
Aside from the body and electronics, the car is made entirely of wood, right down to the sculpted wheel covers and adjustable side mirrors.
The footage also shows Mr. Van Dow loading the trunk with a wooden version of Tesla’s Cyberquad, a toy car designed for children.
The fully functional Cybertruck version was built in just 100 days and is made entirely of wood – except for the body and electronics
The wooden version bears a striking resemblance to Musk’s Cybertruck thanks to its distinctive angular, boxy design
To build the car, Mr. Van Dow fitted panels of wood together to completely cover the metal frame, electric motor and batteries.
Use pieces of dark, polished wood for the interior of the car, while the exterior panels are made of a lighter shade of wood; It gives his car the distinctive boxy design of the Cybertruck.
The footage also shows the process of carving the car’s steering wheel and side mirrors from solid blocks of wood before attaching these functional moving parts to the car.
As a final touch, Mr. Van Dauw adds working lights that mimic those found on the Cybertruck, even adding an illuminated “X” logo on the side panel as a nod to Elon Musk’s recent rebranding of Twitter.
Despite the detailed design, the video makes the process look easy as hundreds of wood panels are cut and bolted into place.
This wooden Cybertruck can deploy a replica of the Cyberquad that the creator’s son rides alongside his father
Cyberquad is a children’s quad bike toy that was recently withdrawn from the US market due to safety regulations
Van Dau was not satisfied with aesthetics alone, as footage later shows Mr Van Dau taking his son for a ride in the newly constructed wooden car.
Leaving the extended ramp at the back of the truck, he deployed the wooden Cyberquad for his son to ride alongside.
Mr. Van Dow, who describes his channel as “a father-son duo who build amazing wooden cars,” ends the video with a message addressed to Elon Musk.
“Dear Mr. Elon Musk, I am an avid content creator with a deep love for wooden vehicles and tremendous admiration for you and Tesla,” Mr. Van Dow wrote.
“I realize that Tesla has faced its share of challenges in realizing the Cybertruck. However, I maintain my unwavering faith in your vision and Tesla’s capabilities. I am confident that this exceptional vehicle will ultimately succeed.”
Mr. Van Dow adds that he hopes to one day present this wooden truck to Elon Musk and wishes him and Tesla “continued success.”
On the road, the replica performs well and can accommodate a driver and three passengers with its wooden seats
Key Cybertruck statistics
- Made of 30X high-strength stainless steel structural skin and ‘Tesla Shield Glass’
- 100 cubic feet of external storage
- Towing capacity of 14,000 lbs (6,350 kg).
- Six seats
- 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds
- Range up to 500 miles (805 km)
On YouTube, commenters marveled at the craftsmanship on display and expressed hope that Musk would see the video as a tribute to his long-awaited car.
“While I was watching this I thought to myself, ‘I hope Elon Musk sees this,'” one commenter wrote.
“I hope it reaches him and recognizes this wonderful work of art.”
Another added: “This has to be one of the best Cybertruck’s to ever hit the roads and I would love for it to be prominently displayed at Tesla HQ.”
While one enthusiastic commentator said the wooden car was “a piece of art that should be displayed in a museum for future generations.”
Tesla’s Cybertruck didn’t have the same smooth production process as its wooden cousin, with the vehicle being held back by numerous production delays.
Despite receiving an estimated 1.5 million orders, the first Cybertruck has only just been built at the Giga Texas factory, four years after the truck was first revealed.
Elon Musk has previously blamed battery supply issues for the delay, saying production of the car in 2021 would have cost “literally $1 million a piece or more.”
The Cybertruck was unveiled four years ago, but has yet to reach consumers due to battery supply issues according to Musk.
When it was first revealed in 2019, the truck was expected to cost $39,900 (£31,000) for the single-motor model, which has a range of about 250 miles (402 km) on a single charge.
However, this has now been increased to $50,000 (£35,000) for the single-engine model and $70,000 (£53,000) for the three-engine model with a range of 500 miles (805 km).
During the launch, Tesla also had an embarrassing mishap when the supposedly “shatter-resistant” glass broke during on-stage testing.
Since then, Tesla appears to have taken a number of steps to improve the Cybertruck’s build strength.
The panels are made of a type of stainless steel that is supposedly strong enough to hold up to a 9mm handgun.
A recent video showed Joe Rogan smashing an arrow into the side of a car after Musk bet that he could penetrate the material.
MailOnline has contacted ND – Woodworking Art for more information, including pricing by wood type.
What is TESLA’s “GIGAFACTORY”?
Tesla’s newest Gigafactory in the US is located in Austin, Texas near the Colorado River.
The plant’s name is derived from “giga”, a unit of measurement representing billions.
One gigawatt-hour is equivalent to generating one billion watts for one hour – a million times more than one kilowatt-hour.
The plant covers 2,500 acres with more than 10 million square feet of factory floor and will be a manufacturing center for the Model Y and the future home of the Cybertruck.
This is equivalent to the production of the entire world in 2014.
New York City uses about 52 gigawatt hours of energy annually.
Tesla also operates very large factories in Nevada, New York, Berlin, and Shanghai.
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