Former late-night television host Jay Leno’s love for cars is well-known. He has even branched out to producing and hosting his own series, ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’, focusing on all things motorbikes and cars.
Recently, Leno met up with no other than Tesla CEO Elon Musk to bond over their shared interest and to test out the automaker’s latest offering.
In the latest episode of the show, Leno traveled to Hawthorne, California to visit Tesla’s headquarters. And of course, he was joined by the company’s CEO to give him a personal tour of the Tesla Cybertruck, the automaker’s all-electric take on one of America’s favorite rides.
Now, this isn’t the first time that Leno has seen the vehicle. He did admit though that it was different finally seeing the Cybertruck in person compared to seeing it on tv during its unveiling in 2019.
The truck and its three models are still currently in the works but their production is slated to begin in 2021. The vehicle would retail starting from $39,900 for the rear-wheel-drive version and the all-wheel-drive models for $49,900.
Epic Test Drive
Aside from seeing the much-anticipated car in person, Leno also got the chance to take it out for a ride. The host drove the Cybertruck through Musk’s rapid transit test tunnel, which stretches beneath Los Angeles.
The 1.1-mile tunnel is part of the billionaire’s The Boring Company, which was founded by him in 2016. It primarily focuses on creating solutions for L.A.’s traffic problem.
Musk, who was hesitant at first, reportedly joined Leno during the test drive. Apparently, the billionaire expressed doubts about whether the six-foot-wide Cubertruck could actually fit through the tunnel as they’ve never tried fitting it in the underground roadway.
Luckily, the tunnel was wide enough to accommodate the truck. Musk then informed the host that Tesla can decrease the truck’s proportions by 5% to ensure that it can fit in the garage of average drivers.
Long Time Coming
The idea for the Tesla Cybertruck has been in the works for several years now. In fact, Musk has been discussing his plan to develop a truck with load-compensating suspension as early as 2012.
However, Musk began working on a similar idea for a new type of consumer truck in 2016. A year later, Tesla unveiled a photo of a pickup truck powerful enough to carry another pickup truck.
The first prototype was shown in 2019.