Tesla CEO Elon Musk touted that the armored windows of his new "Cybertruck" are bulletproof against 9 mm handgun rounds. However, during the vehicle's unveiling, one of them cracked when hit with a hand-thrown metal ball.
The vehicle's embarrassing demonstration happened shortly after it was unveiled Thursday at an event in Los Angeles. Minutes after saying that the truck was "literally bulletproof to a 9 mm handgun," Musk asked one of the vehicle's designers to test out the armored glass by throwing a metal ball against it at close range.
While the ball didn't make it all the way through the car's front driver-side window, it did crack the glass, leaving behind a noticeable round, indent.
In video of the demonstration, a surprised Musk can be heard saying "oh my f***ing god. Well, maybe that was a little too hard."
A second similar test on a rear window of the car produced the same result: A round, concave area of broken glass. "A little room for improvement," Musk quipped in response to laughs from the audience.
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The perplexed inventor went on to explain that "we threw wrenches, we threw everything, we even literally threw the kitchen sink at the glass and it didn't break. For a little weird reason it broke now; I don't know why."
The Cybertruck is Tesla's first pickup truck and its sixth vehicle since being founded in 2003. It has seating for six and the single-motor, real-wheel-drive version of the all-electric angular offering is set to retail at $39,900. Other dual-motor and tri-motor configurations will go for $49,900 and $69,900.
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