Some people clearly can’t wait for the Tesla Cybertruck electric pick-up to go into production in the US in 2021 – and are taking matters into their own hands.
An enthusiast in Bosnia has commissioned a local engineering firm to create a Tesla Cybertruck look-a-like using the underpinnings and mechanicals from a Ford F-150 Raptor.
The unauthorised copycat vehicle – which is powered by petrol rather than electricity – was spotted by a representative for the news agency Reuters.
The vehicle was reportedly put together by a local company called Stark Solutions.
“Everybody was watching and half of them thought we made a tank, because people don’t know what the Cybertruck is. One girl even stopped and asked if this is the place where they are producing Tesla Cybertruck,” Reuters quoted company representative Mario Coric as saying.
“The owner wanted us to combine two opposite sides — Ford and Cyber(truck) — because he is a fan of both Tesla and Ford, so we merged two souls into one,” Coric told the Reuters news agency.
“This one uses gasoline and Tesla uses electricity. We tried to copy as much as possible but our car is not the same size as the Cybertruck.”
There is just one catch with this creation: its sharp design appears to be standing in the way of getting the vehicle approved for road use.
The company was “encountering problems because sharp vehicle edges like those seen on the Cybertruck are banned in Bosnia,” the Reuters news agency reported.
Meanwhile, Tesla says it is well progressed with plans for a Cybertruck factory in Austin, Texas. The vehicle is due to go into production in 2021 as a 2022 model year.
Tesla says the final design will differ from the controversial concept, but a production version is yet to be revealed.