Usually, there's not much to compare between a semi-truck and a McLaren supercar. Aside from the very basics—they've both got tires and a steering wheel—the two vehicles are about as different as could be.
Unless you're talking about the Tesla Semi.
Elon Musk just revealed to the world his all-electric Tesla Semi. The electric car maverick instructed his team to design a heavy duty hauler from a clean sheet, rather than attempting to cram an electric drivetrain into an existing semi-truck architecture.
The result is a semi that defies pretty much every aspect of conventional truck design. And in one particular way, it seems to have been inspired by the legendary McLaren F1.
That's right: The Tesla Semi has a single seat for the driver, mounted right in the middle of the cab. The design puts the driver at the center of a huge dashboard array composed of multiple touchscreens, and allows enough room on either side of the driver's seat for an operator to stand up or even change clothes. A passenger jump seat, to the side of the driver and slightly behind, is available.
We don't know for sure, but we can't help thinking that Musk got this idea from the McLaren F1. Musk owned one, way back in 1999, purchased with the money he made from selling Zip2, an online publishing software for newspapers.
Musk loved his F1—he used it as the acceleration benchmark for the Tesla Model S P85D. But it didn't last long: He totaled the car in a high-speed airborne wreck with Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel riding shotgun. , and revealing that he didn't even have insurance on the car.