Tesla Model X Tug Of War With Toyota Land Cruiser – Video

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Apparently, Bjørn Nyland spent a few days with his Tesla Model X at an offroad track in NAF Trafikksenter, Våler, Norway. That is until he ruined it, but that’s another story.

The challenging track is a place for professional truck drivers to train. It just happens to have fast chargers, a hotel, a cafeteria, and several tracks to acquaint truckers with various driving conditions. The stakes are higher this time of year in Norway since heavy snow adds considerable difficulty to the already aggressive environment. However, Bjørn and Optimus Prime are always up to the task, especially if it keeps Tesla owners informed.

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Tesla Model X pulling fossil car

Remember, when asked what he does for a living, Nyland previously replied:

“I pull fossil cars.”

Yea … he wasn’t joking. He tows them and tows them well, among other things. This Toyota Land Cruiser is fitted with studless tires, and a “stud” it’s not when pit against the powerful and torquey Model X. It’s not even close.

Video Description via Bjørn Nyland on YouTube:


Do not try this yourself. Tesla might void your warranty.

The guy in the Toyota claimed that studless tires were better in these conditions. We did a test to find out.

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20 Comments on "Tesla Model X Tug Of War With Toyota Land Cruiser – Video"

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Not really surprising given the extra weight of the Tesla…

Yep, weight and grip is all you need.


Model X weighs 2300-2500 kilos

The best numbers I could find for the EU version of the Toyota Land Cruiser was

Empty mass: 2585 kg

What numbers were you using that you thought the Model X had a weight advantage?

Nevermind, I just figured out the Land Cruiser they are using is older than I initially thought. I think it may be a J120? That would be around 2,200 kg.

The batteries and electric motor in the tesla add alot of weight. And thats the main factor in who pulls who.why dont they pit it against a vehicle designed for pulling. Its a waste of time to pitt against vehicle thats designed to last forever and landcruisers arent designed for pulling. Maybe 4 wheeel drive tundra with weight equalized.

In my opinion this is not fair since electric cars have instant 100% of the rated torque. Add the slippery conditions and no way the Toyota could outpull the Tesla. Weight was not a factor.

Would so LOOOVE to strap that X to my 1996 Landcruiser rear bumper. (Locked front/center/rear differentials; 4.88 ring & pinions; 315/75/16 STT Pro rubber) No matter how it turned out, it would be a blast!

the vehicle weights are similar

Only natural if you have any undetstGovernor, our grandparents fought the Nazis w

Only to be expected even with just a basic understanding of physics. Also, since the dynamic coeficient of friction is lower than the static,if cars are equal on weight and torque, just keep your brakes on and when the other starts to skid, gently drive off towing them. Dont skid!!

Depends on the tires too.

That is a smaller LC than the one available in the US

It’s a Lexus GX but diesel.

Superior Torque.

I have a tow hitch on both my Chevy Volt and Tesla Roadster that I say is to tow a gas car to a station when they run out of gas.

But seriously my Volt has towed out ALiner camper over 14,000 miles through most of the hugest passes in the Rockies and Appalachians.

The Nokian tires probably helped, but my bet is on weight plus traction control. This contest will be won by the car whose tires (re)gain traction first. The Toyota’s software is probably optmized to compensate for gravity, not something activly pulling it back.

Center of gravity, weight, tires, and torque. Id like to see the tesla take a drive thru the bush, woods, swampy areas, and the mud hole. And go about 500,000 miles and keep going. Superior design for just that.

The purpose of this demo had all to do with horsepower and torque no the specific purpose of the vehicles. You digress or evade the point.

Nearly but you forget mass and coefficient of friction. You got it that power is irrelevant and we have to assume coefficient of friction is same for both so that just leaves mass, so the heaviest vehicle wins.

Danger of voiding the warranty is right!

Well seeing as a Tesla X is a CUV – doing this kind of a pull in excess of its rating is really asking for trouble. The way Tesla likes to really push its ratings (murmuring gearboxes, 30 amp relays for a 40 amp evse, very hot running 14-50 attachment plugs), I’d be in fear of PULLING THE CAR APART.

Then what would he have?

I don’t know what happened to my reply.I know more about physics than online digital.
So; coefficient of friction between tyre and surface (f)is key as is the mass of the vehicle. Unless there is some unnamed difference between the tyres “f” will be the same for both. This leaves the mass of the vehicles and torque, not power, at the wheel, as the only relevant factors.