Elon Musk loses R11.3 billion: Threw a ball at bulletproof glass

Elon Musk loses R11.3 billion: Threw a ball at bulletproof glass

- Elon Musk has revealed Tesla's newest addition to their fleet of electric vehicles

- However, the South African-born billionaire hit an embarrassing snag during the car's launch

- The fail set Musk back R11.3 billion as his net worth plummeted 6% in reaction to the scandal

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Elon Musk has released his long-awaited cybertruck, but to disappointing ( and costly) results.

The Guardian reports that the South African-born investor had been showing off Tesla's latest when disaster struck.

The windows of the electric pick up were meant to be bulletproof, able to withstand a 9mm handgun. This was not the case, at least for the demo car on stage.

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Design chief Franza von Holzhausen had attempted to demonstrate the strength of the windows by hurling a metal ball at them, successfully smashing the ' bulletproof' glass not once, but twice.

“It didn’t go through, that’s the plus side,” Musk said.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the fallout from the incident cost Musk around R11.3 billion as his personal net worth plunged in the space of a single day.

Described as a 'really futuristic-like cyberpunk, Blade Runner pickup truck', the launch had been highly anticipated.

Following the incident, Musk had defended his invention by claiming the team had tested the vehicle, with the same ball, countless times 'without it leaving a scratch'.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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