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Tesla Cybertruck's Rear-Wheel Steering: A Closer Look at its Impressive Maneuverability

by EVBASEOperate September 26, 2023

Tesla Cybertruck's Rear-Wheel Steering: A Closer Look at its Impressive Maneuverability

Introduction:

The highly anticipated Tesla Cybertruck  has been making headlines with its unique features. One feature that has captured the attention of Tesla owners and enthusiasts is the rear-wheel steering system. Several videos have surfaced showcasing this innovative feature, giving us a closer look at its functionality and benefits.

Improved Maneuverability at Low Speeds:

Rear-wheel steering (RWS) is commonly found in larger high-end vehicles and aids maneuverability at low speeds. It allows the rear wheels to turn in the opposite direction of the front wheels, facilitating tight turns, parking, and navigating narrow spaces. The Cybertruck's RWS system provides it with a shorter turning circle, making it ideal for tight roundabouts and parking garages.

 

Enhanced Stability at Higher Speeds:

In addition to improved maneuverability, rear-wheel steering also enhances stability during cornering at higher speeds. The Cybertruck's rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels, improving dynamic performance and ensuring a smooth driving experience.

Excitement Surrounding the Cybertruck's Rear-Wheel Steering:

Tesla  has never offered rear-wheel steering on a production car before the Cybertruck, which has created a wave of excitement among Tesla owners and brand enthusiasts. The current Cybertruck Release Candidate (RC) units being tested in California and Texas provide an opportunity to witness the rear-wheel steering system in action.

Impressive Turning Angle:

Videos shared by Tesla enthusiasts showcase the impressive turning angle of the Cybertruck's rear wheels. In one video, the rear end of the Cybertruck was mistaken for the front due to its unique design. The maneuver was captured by a user who mentioned that the Cybertruck's driver decided to dart in front of them. This unexpected maneuver highlighted the capabilities of the rear-wheel steering system.

Practical Example Demonstrating Tight Turning Radius:

Another video captured by a Tesla's dashcam in Stanford, California, shows a Cybertruck RC unit making a U-turn at an intersection. Although only halfway through the maneuver is visible, it is evident that the Cybertruck's turning radius is significantly tighter compared to similar vehicles without rear-wheel steering. This practical example emphasizes the usefulness of the Cybertruck's rear-wheel steering system.

Availability of Rear-Wheel Steering in Production Models:

While it remains to be confirmed whether all Cybertruck models will offer rear-wheel steering as standard, most prototypes and pre-production units captured on video so far seem to have this feature. Tesla enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the inclusion of rear-wheel steering in the final production models.

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