Ford have just shelved out a whopping premium to get their hands on a Tesla Model X SUV.
Competing automakers frequently pay over the odds so that they can take a look at what their rivals are up to underneath the shiny body work, but even by most standards the $199,950 Ford shelled out is considerable and represents a premium of around $55,000.
Ford are ploughing around $4,500,000,000 in total into its drive to produce high quality electric cars.
As such, the money they’ve forked out for the Model X SUV seems like small fry.
Ford reacted to the purchase in a statement: “It’s common practice among many automakers to buy production vehicles for testing as soon as they are released.”
Tesla Model X P90D
Tesla have not yet responded with a comment on the sale which has been met with surprise across the automotive world not least because of the eye-watering figures, but also because less than 100 of the SUV’s they have purchased were ever made.
The Model X P90D in question is armed with a Ludicrous Speed system (optional) that blasts the car from rest to 62mph in 3.2 seconds.
The car bought by Ford was formally owned by a coin dealer based in California, who finally got his hands on the vehicle after referring eleven buyers to Tesla – such is the car’s exclusivity.
The buyer almost instantly sold the car to a dealership in Chicago, which is when Ford became interested.
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