In the upcoming Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) podcast, Elon Musk will discuss the Tesla Cybertruck’s reinforced exoskeleton. Musk and Rogan claim that this exoskeleton is resistant to arrows.
This will be Musk’s fourth appearance on the JRE Podcast, with previous episodes in September 2018, May 2020, and February 2021.
Recently, Rogan previewed the episode on Instagram by sharing an image of the allegedly arrow-proof Cybertruck. The podcast episode will air on October 31.
A few weeks ago, Tesla demonstrated the pickup’s resilience by driving it on a highway and subjecting it to gunfire from a Tommy gun. Musk confirmed that the bullets did not penetrate the passenger compartment.
According to Teslarati, no official video of the test has been released by Tesla or Musk. Nonetheless, clips of the pickup being fired upon have circulated on social media.
BREAKING: @tesla Cybertruck can handle Tommy Gun bullets. 📐👽💀🔥📸
Seen in Fremont. pic.twitter.com/9dEs6llk2k
— Tesla Owners Silicon Valley (@teslaownersSV) October 20, 2023
However, the Cybertruck’s resistance to arrows and Tommy guns doesn’t mean that it’s impervious to weapons generally.
In a recent interview with InsideEVs, forensics expert Jay Jarvis noted that Tommy guns are not commonly used today. Tommy guns have muzzle velocities of under 1,000 feet per second. Modern firearms have exit velocities of closer to 3,000 feet per second.
As such, it’s questionable whether the Cybertruck is as bulletproof as Musk claims.
During previous appearances on Rogan’s podcast, Musk has discussed various topics, including the Cybertruck’s design changes to improve drivability. These appearances have not been without controversy.
Musk’s first appearance on the JRE Podcast featured him smoking a joint. As a result, the US government forced Musk to undergo drug tests as a condition for continuing to work with his company SpaceX.
The discussions between Musk and Rogan have also covered subjects like AI, Full Self-Driving, and family.
The JRE Podcast is the most successful podcast on Spotify. It averages 11 million viewers per episode.