See Sandy Munro Analyze Tesla Cybertruck’s Suspension Setup

A Tesla Cybertruck prototype was left coated on the facet of the street a few days in the past, and somebody stopped and took some photos of the suspension parts, sending them to Electrek.

After the weblog printed the pictures, well-known automobile teardown skilled Sandy Munro made a video wherein he analyzes the all-electric pickup truck’s suspension setup. Embedded above, the 13-minute-long presentation exhibits an impartial entrance suspension with aluminum entrance decrease management arms, in addition to an air suspension strut.

The rationale for utilizing aluminum on the entrance is that in case of a crash, aluminum cracks, permitting the wheels to detach, whereas metal bends and retains the wheel as a substitute, which may result in influence forces being translated into the cabin.

An attention-grabbing factor is the presence of a carbon fiber protect beneath the entrance a part of the battery pack, supplemented by a metal undercarriage. The 2 teardown consultants talking within the video theorize that it could possibly be a more cost effective method to do issues, in comparison with an everyday metal or aluminum tray, if the manufacturing quantity is excessive sufficient.

On the again, there’s additionally an impartial suspension setup with air struts, however this time the decrease management arms are made out of normal metal. Moreover, there’s a ball joint within the wheel hub space, confirming that the Cybertruck has rear-wheel steering capabilities, as proven in earlier leaked movies.

Sandy Munro goes on to say that this specific setup is an ideal software of a metal suspension arm, because it’s comparatively light-weight in addition to very low cost and straightforward to fabricate.

As for the air suspension, the strut has the Tesla brand on it and a steel protect to guard the airbag beneath, however as Munro says, it appears similar to all the opposite air struts utilized in autos made by different manufacturers, such because the Rivian R1T.

The 2 presenters say that this specific automobile is certainly a prototype, seeing the way it has some parts that aren’t off-the-shelf components, like some machined bits within the entrance suspension that appear to be they’ve been made utilizing a lathe. Plus, it appears like there’s a bolt lacking alongside the high-voltage cable channel, and the cables themselves aren’t protected with a rugged cowl of some kind.

All in all, the 2 say that the whole lot appears fairly typical and that there’s nothing groundbreaking within the suspension setup. Nevertheless, at one level within the video, clues about Tesla’s gigacasting strategies are seen, which is one thing no different carmaker makes use of in the mean time.

As a reminder, the Austin-based’s first-ever pickup is predicted to debut someday within the subsequent quarter, probably in September, with release-candidate (RC) models already being constructed on the firm’s Texas Gigafactory.

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