Today, Austin, Texas hosted the F1 US Grand Prix where Red Bull driver Max Verstappen put on an exciting performance climbing back from sixth position to clinch his 50th victory overall and his 14th victory of the year.
This was certainly an exciting race on its own, however, somewhat stealing the show, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was also in attendance. Musk, together with his little boy, X, chose to arrive at the race in style driving a rare Cybertruck prototype.
The Cybertruck’s unique stainless steel exterior drew a large crowd around the vehicle while Musk together with X and a couple of passengers tried to leave the event.
BREAKING!! 🚨 @elonmusk rolling in & out of Austin F1 in Cybertruck 📐 @SawyerMerritt @teslaownersSV @WholeMarsBlog @AustinTeslaClub #F1 #USGP pic.twitter.com/O85UfSS8Dg
— Anuarbek Imanbaev (@anuarbekiman) October 22, 2023
From the several videos of the incident posted online we can see a few hundred people surrounding the vehicle blocking Musk, the Cybertruck, and his passengers from leaving the area.
The crowd seemed positive and only appeared to be interested in experiencing the Cybertruck in person or taking pictures and videos however, Elon Musk’s personal guards appeared visibly worried as they hurriedly pushed away fans to make way for the Tesla CEO to leave the gathering without any incident.
In one of the videos posted online, you can see Musk’s personal guards push away a fan who had made it too close to the driver's window of the Cybertruck that Musk was driving.
NEW footage of Elon at the F1 race today in Austin, TX. Cybertruck looking super clean and mean. We call this free advertising. I still think Tesla needs to set up CT tailgate parties for NFL and big NCAA games. Thoughts?
From the outside, the situation seemed tense however, a video shared by a passenger inside the Cybertruck shows, Musk and Baby X taking the crowd positively, even Baby X going so far as to lower his windows to say bye to the crowd.
This same video also shows the first time we got our clearest look at the Cybertruck’s white interior. The brief video of the Cybertruck’s interior shows the black and white interior of the Cybertruck only applies to the upholstery whereas the vehicle’s enormous seats remain black.
Elon Musk and little X say hi to fans from inside the Cybertruck at today’s F1 race in Austin.
This is as opposed to how Tesla does it in the company’s other vehicles where the black and white interior offering comes with the white vegan leather seats.
Another thing we were able to spot during Musk’s outing with a Cybertruck is the vehicle’s incredibly tight turning. Despite the large crowds surrounding the vehicle, Musk was able to turn around the truck in such a tight space with only a single maneuver thanks to the truck’s 4-wheel steering.
This is yet another demonstration of the practical use of the vehicle’s bells and whistles, including a bulletproof stainless steel exterior, 4-wheel steering, industry-leading 14-inch suspension travel, and so on.
Although the situation was hectic, Musk and his little boy appear to have made it out of the crowd without any major incidents. One of the videos posted online shows the Tesla CEO making it out of the crowd while his personal bodyguards quickly enter into a white Model S and escort him out of the venue.
The Cybertruck outing may have been too unruly for Musk’s bodyguards liking however, this is a further testament to the incredible interest the Cybertruck has been able to garner from the wider public.
Currently, this is all the information we’ve, however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted as Tesla heads toward its first Cybertruck deliveries on November 30. Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Excited to see a new Cybertruck prototype out in the wild? Also, what do you make of the crowd’s and Musk’s bodyguards' conduct? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Image: Courtesy of u/aroonmelane on Reddit and S.E. Robinson, Jr. on X
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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.