It would be battery versus hydrogen fuel cell power.
Earlier in the week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk went on Twitter to dismiss hydrogen fuel cells as "mind-bogglingly stupid." In the recent past, he has also called the "fool cells," a "load of rubbish," and at an annual meeting a few years ago, Musk told shareholders that their "success is simply not possible."
Of course, Musk has a reason he would like the future of automotive power to be a zero-sum game. Most automakers don't see it that way, though, particularly when it comes to long-distance driving carrying substantial weight. Neither does the boutique racing company Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SGC), who called Musk out on Instagram on the issue.
"You have said that hydrogen technology is 'mind-bogglingly stupid.' You've also mentioned that the Baja 1000 would be a great test for your Cybertruck. We say bring it," was the opening shot from James Glickenhaus. "We have a nice relationship with [sanctioning body] SCORE International, and we would be happy to help you navigate entry and find a good place to set up charging stations for your Cybertruck."
SGC the company has a solid history and a recent win in the Baja 1000 and believes a hydrogen-electric variant of the SCG Boot could finish the 1,000-mile Baja without stopping to refuel, which would give the vehicle a sharp edge in the long-distance desert race.
Musk is famed for making wild statements on social media without thinking them through, and we wouldn't be surprised if he fires something back. However, only a fool would bet on the Cybertruck entering the Baja 1000, let alone being in any way competitive. A little more realistically, Glickenhaus also brings up Tesla's stint at the Nurburgring for testing. "It's interesting that you used our 004C Development Driver Thomas Mutch for your Ring Lap," he says, "We have a good relationship with the organizers of The 24 Hours of Nurburgring should you wish to move to the next step and race one of your Tesla's (Perhaps your Roadster) at the N24."