Homemade Tesla Cyberquad ATV accelerated to 160 km/hAugust 24, 2020
At the heart of the homemade product is the Yamaha Raptor 700 model
Americans Rich Benoit and Stephen Salovski of Rich Rebuilds, who have extensive experience in reworking Tesla electric cars, have assembled a copy of the Cyberquad, the ATV shown during the presentation of the Tesla Cybertruck pickup last year. In the video, they filmed part of the assembly process and the home-made acceleration to 100 miles – more than 160 kilometers per hour.
For the project, the bloggers chose a 2008 Yamaha Raptor 700 ATV, the chassis of which is as close as possible to the Cyberquad, and transplanted it with an electric motor from Zero Motorcycles. Initially, they only planned to electrify the ATV, but this task turned out to be too simple.
The alteration took about 300 hours, during which Benoit was engaged in installing and fine-tuning the engine, and Salovski cut out a new frame and angular cladding from aluminum. The finished replica turned out to be much more dynamic than the “donor” Raptor: it takes only 3.9 seconds to accelerate from zero to 97 kilometers per hour – 1.5 seconds less than the Raptor. The maximum speed of the electric ATV was almost 165 kilometers per hour.
Tesla Cyberquad was presented in November last year during the presentation of Cybertruck. The electric ATV has received dimensions that are ideal for transportation on a pickup truck platform, where a dedicated charging port is provided for it. The characteristics of the Cyberquad, unlike the Cybertruck, are still kept secret. According to Elon Musk, the two-seater ATV will become an option for pickup buyers.
Benoit and Salowski are far from the only ones who brighten up the anticipation of Cybertruck’s market debut, set for late 2021. Tesla fans from Bosnia and Herzegovina have shown a very accurate replica of the pickup, which repeats in detail both the exterior design and the dimensions of the original.
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