It’s the Volkswagen Transporter, Toyota Proace, Ford Transit, and Mercedes Vito taking part in this one-of-a-kind drag race

We’ve seen a lot of hatches, sedans, supercars, SUVs, and even trucks go up against each other in drag races. But, ever wondered what it would be like to pit vans against each other? Well, Carwow decided to do it.

The folks brought a Volkswagen Transporter, Toyota Proace, Mercedes Vito, and Ford Transit together to see how they fare in straight-line runs. Although this isn’t something one asked for, it sure is interesting to see these luggage haulers try to do something they aren’t meant for.

The Toyota Proace and The Ford Transit Are The Strongest On Paper

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First up, let’s lay out the specs for each vehicle.

The Volkswagen Transporter is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbodiesel engine that produces 150 horses and 250 pound-feet of torque.

Power is sent to the wheels via a seven-speed automatic gearbox, and the van weighs about 4,450 pounds.

Next up is the Toyota Proace, which comes with a 2.0-liter, turbodiesel engine that develops 180 ponies 295 pound-feet of torque.

It is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox and weighs around 3,870 pounds.

As for the Mercedes Vito, it comes with a 2.2-liter, turbodiesel engine under the hood that makes the least power of the lot – 136 horses and 243 pound-feet of torque.

Power is sent to the wheels via a seven-speed automatic gearbox and weighs about 4,755 pounds.

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Finally, there’s the Ford Transit which isn’t in its stock form. It comes with a body kit, different exhaust setup, and new wheels, among other things.

Under the hood is a 2.0-liter, turbodiesel engine that makes 170 ponies and 298 pound-feet of twist.

The mill is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and weighs around 4,430 pounds.

What Happened To The Mercedes Vito?

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In the first round, the Volkswagen Transporter and the Mercedes Vito started well. The Vito lost the plot within a couple of seconds and let the Ford Transit and Toyota Proace take the lead. The Transporter, in the meanwhile, kept galloping forward. However, the Proace picked up the pace soon and almost caught up with the Transporter, but not before the quarter-mile race ended. This is how much time they took to complete the race:

Volkswagen Transporter 18.2 seconds
Toyota Proace 18.3 seconds
Ford Transit 19.3 seconds
Mercedes Vito 20.2 seconds

In the second round, the Mercedes got a better start than the last time, but was soon left lagging behind. The Japanese did better this time and beat the Volkswagen by the nose. The Transit came in third, and the Vito last. This is how they timed in the second round:

Toyota Proace 18.2 seconds
Volkswagen Transporter 18.2 seconds
Ford Transit 18.4 seconds
Mercedes Vito 19.5 seconds

Is The Result Going To Be Any Different In A Rolling Race?

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For the third round, the folks decided to have a rolling start at 50 mph. Surprisingly, the Proace beat all the cars comfortably.

The guys felt bad for the Vito and decided to strip off its seats and see if that could change its fortunes. It didn’t. Same race for the third time and the only difference was that Ford beat the Transporter to take the second position while the Proace and Vito took the first and fourth positions respectively.

The final challenge was the brake test, wherein all the cars braked hard from 70 mph.

The Volkswagen Transporter and the Toyota Proace nearly stopped at the same point, then there was the Mercedes Vito, and finally, it was the Transit that took the maximum distance to stop.

Final Thoughts

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We haven’t seen vans unleash their power on a drag strip, so this was fun. The Mercedes Vito was the most underpowered truck, so it didn’t really give the others stiff competition. It was pointed out at the end of the video that they were supposed to receive a 163-horsepower Vito, but a screw-up led to them receiving an underpowered Vito.

A disclaimer: The presenter, Mat Watson, has picked up an “accent” and you might want to turn on your subtitles to watch this without missing a word. Thankfully, he’s promised not to do it again though!

What are your thoughts on this video? Share them with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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