A Bosnian fan of both Ford trucks and Elon Musk’s Tesla could not just sit on his hands waiting for the electric automaker to release its Cybertruck, expected from late 2021. Instead, he came up with his own version of the futuristic vehicle.
It took eight months for IT specialists and engineers at Igor Krezic’s Stark Solutions company to disassemble a rugged Ford Raptor F-150 into its smallest parts and then transform it into a petrol-powered automobile that resembles a Cybertruck.
The first drive took place in the streets of the southern town of Mostar drew a lot of attention, Mario Coric, the company manager, informed Reuters.
“Everybody was watching and half of them thought we made a tank, because people don’t know what the Cybertruck is. One girl even stopped and asked if this is the place where they are producing Tesla Cybertruck,” Coric said.
Krezic refused to speak to Reuters.
Though it may not look the same as Cybertruck’s functional prototype the pickup captures its spirit.
“The owner wanted us to combine two opposite sides — Ford and Cyber — because he is a fan of both Tesla and Ford, so we merged two souls into one,” he said.
“This one uses gasoline and Tesla uses electricity. We tried to copy as much as possible but our car is not the same size as the Cybertruck,” Coric added.
Tesla and Ford have made no comments yet.
Coric said Stark Solutions was now attempting to register the pickup to be able to drive it on roads but they were encountering issues because sharp vehicle edges like those seen on the Cybertruck are banned in Bosnia.
With a starting cost of $39,000, the Cybertruck resembles an armored vehicle and will compete with other truck makers.