Watch: Rivian's R1T pickup can take a serious battering
This is going to be a beast!
Like all new off-road vehicles, pre-production testing is the most important stage it goes through as it determines how good the car is at tackling landscape in the real world.
In order to demonstrate the electric truck's off-road capability, Rivian's chief executive RJ Scaringe has shared videos on Twitter showing the R1T being torture tested in environments with tough terrain to see just how well it copes.
The first video shows the Rivian R1T tackling a rocky downhill trail in the Arizona desert. This route is full of bumps and deep ruts, but this is no stress for the R1T thanks to its independent air suspension and all-wheel drive.
The second video is when it gets serious as we see the Rivian pickup scramble up rocky and sandy hill in about ten seconds. This sort of speed and grip is normally quite tricky for both the vehicle and driver, but not the Rivian as it doesn't break a sweat.
As you can see from both videos above, the R1T can do all this without having massively knobbly and chunky tyres which is seriously impressive. But what it does have is power as powering the Rivian R1T are four electric motors which together produce 754 hp and 826 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just three seconds.
Customers should start to see Rivian R1T's at the start of June.