Drag racing will never look the same. A juiced-up car on a flat surface? Pah! That’s easy. Try racing up an incline in a heavy-ass truck carrying a 20,000-lb trailer.
Ford did. Four times. The 2015 F-350 Super Duty (in pre-production form) won every race.
The first two trials driven in 91-degree heat up a six-percent grade for a whopping seven miles. With a 4.30 axle ratio, 440 horsepower and 860 lb-ft of torque, the Blue Oval ran 0-45 mph faster than a 2013 Ram 3500 with the Cummins diesel and 4.10 gears. By the seven-mile mark, Ford’s rig was 21.3 seconds ahead. It bumped that time up to 58.3 in a match against a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 running a 765-lb-ft Duramax up-front and 3.73 cogs in the rear.
The second two passes were in Loveland Pass, Colorado, whose altitude peaks at 11,990 feet. The F-350 hauled its way up a four-mile stretch in 5:06:70 versus the Ram’s 5:16:60 and the Chevy’s 5:24:10.
Kind of makes me wonder if the Super Duty driver flashed his hazards after each pass.