A few months ago, a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor took on a Toyota Tundra SRT at the drag strip. The race took place at the Morrison, Colorado Bandimere Speedway, which is located at roughly 6,000 feet above sea level. Before watching the video below, can you guess which truck was faster to complete the quarter mile?
While the video clearly shows the F-150 crossing the finish line ahead of the Tundra, it’s important to note that this wasn’t a head-to-head event, but rather an individual time trial run. That means that the two trucks weren’t actually racing each other and the clock, but rather just racing the clock. That’s why the Ford driver left the line way before the Tundra and finished ahead of it, but the Toyota got a faster time.
|METRIC||FORD F-150 SVT RAPTOR||TOYOTA TUNDRA TRD|
|QUARTER MILE TIME (SECONDS)||17.093||16.920|
|QUARTER MILE SPEED (MPH)||81.91||83.07|
|ENGINE||6.2L V8||5.7L V8|
|CURB WEIGHT (POUNDS)||6203||5500 (approximate)|
All that is to say that the more off-road-capable Raptor lost by 0.173 seconds to the less powerful but lighter Tundra. And we’re ok with that, because if either one of these pickup trucks is being used to drag race on a blacktop on a regular basis, then it’s being used for the wrong reasons.