This Refreshing Drag Race By Jason Cammisa Between Four Fast Pickup Trucks Is Nuts!
The suspects should come as no surprise – Rivian R1T, Ram 1500 TRX, Ford F-150 Raptor, and GMC Syclone!by Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 05:44
Jason Cammisa from ‘Hagerty’ brought in four trucks to the drag strip that can be touted as the top performance trucks money can buy. It is a nice mix that involves two modern trucks, one with a sweet legacy and still has a strong fan-following, and another that’s been creating waves across the world. These are the Ram 1500 TRX, the Ford F-150 Raptor, the GMC Syclone, and the Rivian R1T. This isn’t your conventional drag race, and that’s what makes it even more interesting.
How Much Power Does Each Of The Trucks Make?
The Rivian R1T features four electric motors – one on each wheel – that put out 835 horsepower and 908 pound-feet of torque combined.
All four wheels are powered, obviously. There is a single-speed transmission with all the torque available from the get-go. Electric vehicles, huh! This particular example is the Launch Edition.
The Ram 1500 TRX comes with the mighty 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine under the hood. It churns out 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.
Power is channeled to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
We had a new generation of the Ford F-150 Raptor not too long ago, but it continues to be powered by the same V-6 EcoBoost engine that displaces 3.5 liters.
It comes with two turbos and makes 450 ponies and 510 pound-feet of twist.
All the oomph is transferred to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic gearbox.
The Rivian R1T is the heaviest of the lot, tipping the scales at 7,173 pounds. Then comes the Ram 1500 TRX which weighs 6,866 pounds. The Raptor is comparatively lighter, tipping the scales at 5,947 pounds.
What’s Different About This Race?
The drag race kicked off with three of the four trucks advertised in the title– all but the GMC Syclone. The Rivian R1T, despite all the extra weight, came first, which wasn’t particularly a surprise. It took just three seconds to sprint to 60 mph and ran the quarter-mile distance in 11.6 seconds at 111 mph. Jason noted that this means it was faster than a McLaren F1. Another interesting analysis was it being quicker than a 1,500-horsepower Bugatti Chiron if it didn’t use the launch control.
The Ram TRX that was present here was 165 feet behind the R1T when the latter finished the quarter-mile distance. To give you a different perspective, that’s about two tennis courts difference between them. And, let’s not forget that when the Ram 1500 TRX was launched less than a couple of years back, it was the world’s most powerful and quickest production truck. In this test, the TRX completed the quarter-mile run in 12.2 seconds at 110 mph, and sprinted to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Still pretty impressive, right?
Jason continued with his interesting comparisons again. Had the TRX faced the Ferrari F40, it would’ve touched 60 mph half a second quicker than the Italian icon. Or, if you need something slightly more modern for a perspective, how about this – the R1T’s quarter-mile time is pretty much the same as the R35 Nissan GT-R’s!
Coming to the F-150 Raptor, it was the slowest of the three here, taking 5.4 seconds from 0 to 60 mph and 14.2 seconds at 94 mph to the quarter-mile. It was 356 feet behind the Rivian R1T when the latter touched the finish line. It clearly felt out of place with the Ram and the Rivian. So, to make the race a little more even, they brought in the GMC Syclone. But, instead of pitting it in a conventional manner, Jason and the Hagerty team decided to try something different.
They put the Syclone on a trailer and attached it to the Rivian for another drag race. The TRX took the lead right off the line, but it was pretty close with the Raptor and the Rivian with the 6,000-pound Syclone on its ass. Somehow, the Rivian edged the Raptor and was placed second. This goes on to show how powerful the Rivian R1T is. It’s a different story that the range would take a massive hit, but interesting nevertheless.
Now, it was time to get the Syclone off the trailer and let it run on its own. That’s what the Syclone is known for and that’s what it is supposed to do. It’s not a truck you use to tow or do anything a conventional truck is supposed to do.
The Syclone comes with a 4.3-liter, turbocharged V-6 engine that makes 280 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.
It doesn’t sound like a lot of paper, but it was enough to beat the Raptor here. The Syclone completed the run in 13.3 seconds at 97 mph.
With that, we come to the end of this epic video. Every second of this seven-odd-minute video was super-fun. Also, make sure to turn on the subtitles because there are some hidden gems in the form of funny narrations here that make the video even funnier. Watch it below and let us know your thoughts about it in the comments section.