Ford vs. Toyota in an Epic Tug of War
This is one of those epic tug-of-wars where two pickup trucks get together and see who wins. There are many of these plastered all over the Internet, yet this tug-of-war situation is a bit unique. For starters, it pits an American truck, the Ford Raptor, against a foreign import, the Toyota Tundra. The Tundra looks pretty beefy with its extended cab, but that does not mean it will emerge as the victor. In fact, the extra weight might hurt it in the long run. It is beaten rather handily, as it turns out. However, take another look and you notice a few things going on. It seems like there is more to this tug-of-war than simply a Ford Raptor truck beating a foreign import. Take a look at what I see.
Four-wheel-drive. The Ford starts off in four-wheel-drive. If you look close you can see this at the beginning, even though the camera man attempts to be a little bit sly and hide this fact from discovery. That gives the Ford Raptor an edge over the Toyota from the get go.
The newbie factor. The driver in the Toyota remarks that he has never done this before and is wondering what to do. The only response is a countdown and it becomes pretty evident at that point that he should just step on the gas. This might have rattled him a bit psychologically, making him slower to react. Don’t worry, I’m with you on this one, trash talk is part of tug of war. You have to deal with the mental acrobatics as well. However, the last point probably seals the deal for the Ford truck before the whole affair ever got started.
â¨â¨Look at the tires. The Toyota Tundra has a lower profile tire, while the red Raptor has a much higher profile tire. High-profile tires mean more traction when you need
Look at the tires. The Toyota Tundra has a lower profile tire, while the red Raptor has a much higher profile tire. High-profile tires mean more traction when you need it, so that tips the scales in his favor. That fact, coupled with the fact that he is in four-wheel-drive, almost certainly guaranteed a sure win.
(Want to see a more even match up? Watch Chevy Duramax vs. Ford Gasser F250. ) So, like it or not, I have to call this battle in favor of Ford due to simple physics rather than horsepower. It pains me to do so, because the Ford Raptor is such an impressive vehicle. It is equipped with a 6.2 liter v8 engine that supplies fierce horsepower when you step on the gas. They can weigh in at around 6100 pounds because of the all steel construction. This would normally make it more impressive as a winner because Toyota uses so much aluminum in their engines to make their vehicles lightweight. The engine in the Raptor generates an impressive 434 foot pounds of torque. Again, plenty of power to crush a Toyota, but there are too many differences between these two particular trucks to make a call for Ford in favor of performance alone. However, pit these two against each other in 2016 and you will have a different story on your hands. Ford is slimming down the Ford Raptor. For starters, they are using aluminum in the engine. They say that the technology they use for their racing vehicles was an influence in the Raptor’s engine design. Also, the engine is downsizing a bit as well. Instead of the v8, they will come outfitted with a 3.5 liter v6. Hang on to your hopes though gentlemen. They promise that the v6 will soundly out perform the old v8 due to one tiny fact… twin turbo boosts. Remember that 434 pounds of foot torque that the old Raptors generated? Well, the new one engine with the twin turbo boost generates 450 pounds of foot torque! That is enough power to send you screaming to your destination. The new Ford Raptor will fly, my friends. Furthermore, Ford will introduce their new 10 speed automatic transmission as well as a new 4 wheel drive transfer case. Other goodies involve Fox racing shocks rather than standard Ford racing shocks. The suspension is a bit higher, too. This will give you plenty of bounce whether you are sailing across the desert or down the open road. Ford has outdone itself with this one. The interior is sleek and stylish as well. You really feel like a racing super star when you sit behind the wheel of this one. All the creature comforts such as premium sound and cold AC are present. The only thing you have to overcome is the price tag. Brand new, base price will start around $50,000. Though that might seem steep, it is not too far off from what they are right now. Bottom line, this will be one fun toy! So, maybe we can tie these two friends together next year and I can call this tug in favor of Ford based on performance alone. That would make me a happy guy. That would make you a happy reader. That would make Toyota have to step up their game a bit. We will see what 2016 means for them. For us, it simply means another chance to hook our Ford to their bumper and drag them down the street!