US car giant Ford has withdrawn its challenge to a rematch less than 24 hours after Tesla boss Elon Musk said “bring it on”.
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A rematch of the Tesla Cybertruck tug-of-war with the Ford F-150 is not going ahead anytime soon after Ford issued an official statement dismissing the challenge as “tongue-in-cheek”.

Earlier this week a senior executive at Ford had issued a challenge to Elon Musk via Twitter after a Tesla video showed a Cybertruck towing a Ford F-150 backwards up a hill.

The Ford tweet said: "Send us a Cybertruck and we'll do the apples-to-apples test for you.” Musk responded: “Bring it on”.

Ford claimed it was not a fair contest because the F-150 was lighter and only rear-wheel-drive, versus the heavier all-wheel-drive Cybertruck.

Now Ford has issued an official statement to US media outlets claiming the Twitter message from the Ford executive was “tongue in cheek to point out the absurdity of Tesla’s video, nothing more”.

The Ford statement to US media outlet Fox continued: “With America's best-selling truck for 42 years, we've always focused on serving our truck customers regardless of what others say or do. We look forward to our all-new F-150 hybrid coming next year and all-electric F-150 in a few years.”

In July this year Ford released a video showing an electric Ford F-150 prototype pulling a 450-tonne train, though the company declined to release technical details such as power output.

For now, the Tesla Cybertruck and F-150 tug-of-war is off. But it’s likely to be the first test anyone does when these vehicles come out.

The Tesla Cybertruck is slated for production in 2021; Ford is yet to announce an on-sale date for the fully electric F-150.