It was a pretty awkward moment when Elon Musk confidently asked Tesla Cybertruck design chief Franz von Holshausen to break the glass of the Tesla Cybertruck ‘shatterproof’ glass during a launch demo.
Musk decided not to shy away from the incident – largely, I’d imagine, because it was all over social media – and instead decided to make a joke on Twitter about it.
He tweeted: “Franz throws steel ball at Cybertruck window right before launch. Guess we have some improvements to make before production haha.”
That ‘haha’ at the end has a slightly eerie ring to it coming from the multi-billionaire founder of several tech companies. This guy sent a Tesla car into space, remember.
But now he’s also explained what actually happened, having responded to a fan on Twitter.
He wrote: “Sledgehammer impact on door cracked the base of the glass, which is why the steel ball didn’t bounce off.
“Should have done steel ball on window, then sledgehammer the door. Next time.”
Yup. Sledgehammer impact on door cracked base of glass, which is why steel ball didn’t bounce off. Should have done steel ball on window, *then* sledgehammer the door. Next time …— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 25, 2019
At the grand debut of the Cybertruck, Musk had proudly told the audience: “You want a truck that’s really tough, not fake tough. You want a truck you can take a sledgehammer to, a truck that won’t scratch, doesn’t dent.”
Franz ended up breaking two windows with a steel ball, but Musk was adamant that the test wasn’t a complete failure.
He told the room: “A little room for improvement. Alright, let’s see… So yeah… We threw wrenches; we threw everything – we even literally threw the kitchen sink at the glass and it didn’t break.
“For some weird reason it broke now, I don’t know why. We’ll fix it in post.”