TESLA has shared rare footage of its hulking Cybertruck patrolling the streets of New York City.

The footage posted to Twitter on Saturday shows the electric pickup rolling past Radio City Music Hall with its headlights shining brightly.

A Tesla Cybertruck prototype patrolled the streets of New York City over the weekend


A Tesla Cybertruck prototype patrolled the streets of New York City over the weekendCredit: tesla/twitter

The prototype truck was also filmed on Friday driving through Times Square as it turned the heads of pedestrians in the area.

It toured the Big Apple ahead of Tesla boss Elon Musk’s controversial first appearance on Saturday Night Live on May 8.

Millions tuned in from around the world as the billionaire hosted the show and in his opening monologue revealed he has Asperger’s.

Though the truck certainly caught the eye, it also broke a number of New York traffic laws, according to Futurism.

The Cybertruck sports an unusual, angular design


The Cybertruck sports an unusual, angular designCredit: Splash

All vehicles in the state of New York are required to have sideview mirrors, for instance. Cybertruck has none.

Instead, it relies on a sideview camera system that is displayed to the driver on the car’s dashboard.

Additionally, the glaring toplight above the truck’s windshield is not leg per NY state law according to Futurism.

It remains unclear when Cybertruck will be released to the general public.

Tesla boss Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live on May 8


Tesla boss Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live on May 8Credit: Getty

While the Cybertruck hasn’t been released yet, it made headlines in 2019 when Musk revealed a jaw-dropping prototype.

The chief executive boasted that the motor could beat a Porsche 911 in a drag race and out-tow a Ford F-150 pick-up truck.

He even claimed it was bulletproof and could go 500 miles on a single charge.

Musk was left red-faced during the show when the truck’s windows were smashed by a metal ball during a live demonstration.

Who is Elon Musk?

Here’s what you need to know…

Controversial billionaire Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1971.

As a 12-year-old child he taught himself computer programming and sold the code of a video game to a PC magazine for $500 (£300).

At 17, he moved to Canada to study, before gaining two degrees in physics and business at the University of Pennsylvania.

At the age of 24 he moved to California to start a Ph.D. in applied physics and material science at Stanford University – but left the programme after just two days to pursue other projects.

Now 49, he is the founder and CEO of SpaceX, co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of Opan AI, co-founder of Zip2 and founder of X.com, which merged with PayPal.

He’s also working on a human brain chip project called Neuralink.

Musk’s stated aim is to reduce global warming and save humans from extinction by setting up a colony on Mars.

The billionaire inventor is also working on the world’s largest lithium-ion battery to store renewable energy.

During a launch event in Los Angeles, Musk encouraged people to hit the vehicle with sledgehammers in an attempt to show of its impenetrable exterior.

However, a metal ball proved too much for the motor, leaving two windows completely shattered.

According to a video shown at the event, the Cybertruck was able beat a Porsche 911 in a drag race and out-tow a Ford F-150 pick-up truck.

No release date has been set for the motor, but it is expected to be on the roads by late 2021.

A Mexican police force has already ordered a fleet of the bulletproof vehicles.

Tesla boss Elon Musk shows Edward Norton his cybertruck – but his driving leaves a little to be desired

In other news, Musk recently discussed plans to make a new version of the Tesla Roadster that can hover.

The billionaire makes a brief cameo in controversial sci-fi shooter Cyberpunk 2077.

And, read our verdicts on the Xbox Series X and PS5 – if you can buy either.

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