DODGE RAM SRT-10 SETS SPEED RECORD FOR PICKUP
The Ford SVT F-150 Lightning was proclaimed the world’s fastest production pickup truck
last July, but it’s reign came to an end yesterday. That distinction now belongs to the
Dodge Ram SRT-10, which zoomed to an average speed of more than 154 mph—about
7 mph faster than the F-150’s time—during two test runs monitored by Guinness World
Records and the Sports Car Club of America.
The Ram SRT is powered by the same 500-hp, 8.3-liter V-10 engine that Dodge uses
in its Viper sports car. The F-150 Lightning features a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 that
generates 380 hp. Both vehicles sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.
The new Ram record was set on a 4.7-mile track at Chrysler’s Proving Grounds in
Chelsea, Mich. NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan piloted the vehicle. Last year, he won
six NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races in a Ram, and he will make his debut in the
Nextel Cup series at the Daytona 500 later this month.
The record-setting SRT wasn’t modified for additional power or enhanced aerody-namics,
according to Chrysler. Per Guinness rules, it was clocked over a “flying kilome-ter”
on two runs in opposite directions made within an hour of each other. Supplied and
operated by a third party, the timing equipment was certified to within 1/1000th of a
second. The speed of each run was determined using sensors at the start and finish of
the measured kilometer.
FEBRUARY 3, 2004
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I dont care if the Dodge is 7mph fastr than my Lightning, i like the Lightning alot better, drove and SRT-10 and didnt really like it, would get tired of driving it every day.The Lightning just feels like a better built truck,but thats just mu opinion
Originally posted by fordmanak It's sort of sad that Dodge's big 500 h.p. V-10 can only outbeat the Ford by 7 mph. As another poster already stated, Ford will get `em next year.
i agree. dodge had to throw a rediculous V10 engine in there just to beat fords V8. the viper never impressed me nor did lamborghini's and such. they may be fast but anything would be fast w/10-12 cylinder engines. it takes more skill to do that w/a normal engine.