This crazy concept needs to happen.
If you thought the Tesla Cybertruck was wild, just wait until you get a load of the Thundertruck. The creation is the brainchild of creative consultancy Wolfgang's new IP division, which "focuses on incubating ideas, products and properties that create positive impact." When Covid hit the world, Wolfgang decided to design the EV truck of the future, and tasked a team of experts with more than 25 years of industry experience to create something new. Unlike the Ford F-150 Lightning, which is a traditional take on the truck with an alternative powertrain, this is something else entirely, using dual electric motors to generate up to 940 horsepower and traverse up to 560 miles. That's not even the craziest part.
The Thundertuck is a 4x4 by default, but it can be fully customized in modular fashion and turned into a six-wheeled 6x6 monstrosity.
The team calls it the TT Range Extender, which is a plug-in module with an extra 120-kWh battery to supplement the onboard 180-kWh pack. But the module also comes with an extra two wheels, adds more power, more torque, and more range. In standard 4x4 guise, the Thundertruck has 800 hp and 800 lb-ft, can tow 7,500 lbs, drive 400 miles on a charge, and can hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
The TT Range Extender adds an extra two driven wheels, 140 hp, 400 lb-ft, and 160 miles of range. Towing capacity is also increased to 11,000 lbs, and the module increases the size of the truck's bed from six feet to ten feet. The module doubles up as a power source for camping and work needs, and can be uncoupled easily and left at home or on the worksite with ease.
Regardless of configuration, you get 14.5 inches of ground clearance, a 48-degree approach angle, and an 82-degree departure angle.
Built to conquer the great outdoors, the Thundertruck can accommodate a range of accessories like an HD roof rack system with storage pods, camping tents, and a collapsible "roof-mounted Bat Wing awning with flexible solar fabric," which is a giant solar panel to allow the Thundetruck to charge, since, as the company aptly puts it, there are no charging stations in the desert, but there's a whole lot of sun. Other amenities include extendable loading ramps, automatic drop-down side steps, and a multi-purpose side drawer similar to the storage tunnel on the Rivian R1T.
Inside, the cabin appears futuristic with a single screen spanning two-thirds of the interior, a head-up display, and a holographic center console.
Now for the bad news. It's nothing more than a render. The company says the figures provided are prospective and may change based on what happens in the development process, but unlike some EV startups, there isn't a bold claim to bring this to market in no time at all. All we know is that we hope this isn't one of the vaporware EV companies we've seen a lot of lately because this is one seriously cool truck.