February 23, 2024

Newly Shared Photos Show Older, Curvier Cybertruck Designs

  • Walter Isaacson has shared a photo that provides a rare glimpse into Tesla’s early Cybertruck designs.
  • The biographer’s picture shows that some ideas for the truck were sharper and more traditional.
  • The picture also shows some of the movies and video games that inspired the design of the Cybertruck.

Have you ever wondered how Tesla came up with the design for its futuristic Cybertruck? Biographies of Elon Musk shared photo that seems to include a rare glimpse into early design ideas for Tesla’s Cybertruck — and it wasn’t always so angular or unusual.

Walter Isaacson, who has been looking for a Tesla CEO for about three years, shared photo of Musk and Tesla design chief Franz von Holzhausen on Twitter on Tuesday. In the background of the photo, there are some pictures of early design ideas for the Cybertruck, as well as photos of movies and video games that inspired the vehicle.

Walter Isaacson shared a photo that appeared to have some never-before-seen Cybertruck details in the background.

Walter Isaacson shared a photo that appeared to have some never-before-seen Cybertruck details in the background.


Walter Isaacson on Twitter



In his Twitter post, the biographer shared some quotes from his book, “Elon Musk,” which is due to be released in September.

“The Chevy Silverado was still on the showroom floor for reference,” Isaacson write on Twitter regarding the photograph. “In front of him were three large display boards with pictures of a wide variety of vehicles, including ones from video games and sci-fi movies. They ranged from retro to futuristic, sleek to rugged, curvy to jarring.”

Isaacson shared a photo with some early design ideas for the Cybertruck in the background.

Isaacson shared a photo with some early design ideas for the Cybertruck in the background.

Walter Isaacson on Twitter



Some of the early sketches for the Cybertruck appear to be much more curved and traditional than the sleek, angular design of current Cybertruck prototypes seen in action. However, all the images seem to have a futuristic bent to them.

Even an early scale design of the Cybertruck doesn’t seem out of place next to a Ford pickup truck. Isaacson told CNBC’s Squawk Box on Monday that Musk was inspired to create the Cybertruck in the first place about six years ago because he thought Ford trucks were “boring.”

Other sketches in the picture are more reminiscent of Tesla's current prototype.

Other sketches in the picture are more reminiscent of Tesla’s current prototype.


Walter Isaacson on Twitter



Other pictures on the board seem more reminiscent of Tesla’s current design for the electric pickup truck.

Isaacson said on Twitter that Musk tackled the designs with a “futuristic, cyber look” and was determined not to play it safe. The biographer said Musk “talked out some of his more radical and unconventional proposals” for Tesla’s Model Y SUV.

“‘Let’s be bold,’ he said. ‘Let’s surprise people,'” Isaacson wrote of Musk’s thoughts on the Cybertruck design.

The picture also shows some of the movies and video games that helped inspire the design of the Cybertruck.

The picture also shows some of the movies and video games that helped inspire the design of the Cybertruck.


Walter Isaacson on Twitter



The table pictured includes images from numerous movies and video games, including “Back to the Future’s” DeLorean, James Bond’s Lotus Esprit 1 Series submarine car from the 1977 film “The Spy Who Loved Me,” images from “RoboCop” and ” Tron,” as well as pictures from “Cyberpunk 2077.” Isaacson said on Twitter that Musk was very interested in futuristic ideas and mentioned pictures from Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” or the video game “Halo.”

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“His son Saxon, who is autistic, recently asked a poignant question that revealed: ‘Why doesn’t the future look like the future?'” Isaacson wrote. “Musk would ask Saxon’s question again and again. As he told the design team that Friday, ‘I want the future to look like the future.'”

Despite some pushback from others at Tesla, Musk said he wanted to build the truck the way he envisioned it and wasn’t worried that “nobody buys it,” Isaacson wrote on Twitter. The biographer said that Musk issued an edict in 2017 that the pickup truck would be made entirely of stainless steel – making it more edgie and futuristic.

Last week, Tesla shared that the company had made its first Cybertruck production at its Texas Gigafactory. Musk first reveal the concept for the electric pickup truck about four years ago and the project has faced a series of delays over the past two years – which some have blamed on the vehicle’s unusual design. Recently, the CEO said that the company plans to start delivering the Cybertruck within the year.

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