Tesla interestingly isn’t unnerved to embrace some of its extra embarrassing moments when doing so will seemingly consequence in keen lost of mercy – the automaker is now promoting a t-shirt emblazoned with a graphic of the fracture incurred in the Cybertruck’s driver facet window when the controversial put off-up truck assemble modified into formally unveiled at the tip of final yr.
At some stage in that match in November, Tesla CEO Elon Musk invited Tesla lead designer Franz von Holzhausen on stage to stress take a look at the Cybertruck’s sturdiness. Von Holzhausen proceeded to smash the truck’s facet panels with a sledgehammer, leaving no visible marks – but when we moved on to throwing a steel ball bearing at the supposedly blast-proof house windows, they perceived to with out assure fracture.
The driver’s facet window first smashed, spidering the glass (but, as illustrious by Musk at the time, now no longer permitting the ball to after all circulate the total design by). At von Holzhausen’s urging, the rear driver-facet window swiftly followed swimsuit on a second throw from the designer, as soon as the strive modified into OK’d by a apparently tremulous Musk.
This fresh t-shirt, which is straight accessible from the Tesla legit merch store, retails for $35 and beneficial properties what looks take care of the precise photographic sport of the fracture sample from the front window, the most predominant to be shattered in the on-stage gaffe. On the wait on of the shirt, it beneficial properties the legit Cybertruck logo, which is a primal, pared down triangle that looks take care of a silhouette of the discontinue of the Cybertruck from the wheel wells up.
After I checked, I couldn’t in actuality examine out the t-shirt, but it indubitably’s seemingly to be a sizzling vendor (if it didn’t factual sell out in the most predominant 2 minutes of availability already). The incident modified into straight meme-orialized, and although Tesla later acknowledged that it modified into in actuality a consequence of a structural weakening of the window glass attributable to von Holzhausen’s earlier sledgehammer blasts at the door below, it clearly wasn’t a planned or desired section of the presentation for Musk or Tesla.
Merely take care of Musk’s on-stage claims relating to the window glass strength, gain his Twitter assertion that the “T-shirt is bulletproof & makes u buff!” with a wholesome dose of skepticism.