0-60 Testing a 500 Horsepower Ford F-250 Diesel

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Big diesel trucks aren’t exactly designed to be stoplight to stoplight racers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make one into a proficient drag race superstar.  In fact, it doesn’t take much to turn a stock, oil burning F-250 into a quarter mile hero.

This 2008 Super Duty is a good example of what can be done with a few simple mods.  Upgrades include a full on race tune, AFB air intake, turbo blankets, 8(!) radiators/coolers to fight the heat, traction bars, and a four inch dual exhaust.

The result is a claimed 500+ horsepower, which is enough to propel this big, heavy best to a 0-60 time that rivals a stock Mustang GT.  The Super Duty makes two passes, with a goal of breaking the 5 second barrier.  The catch?  They are one mile above sea level, which robs engines of power thanks to the thin air.

The first run starts off rough with a ton of wheel hop, but still results in a pretty good time of 5.35 seconds.  The second launch is much smoother and it pays off in the end, with a 0-60 time of 5.02 seconds.  There’s no doubt another run or two would have got the big girl under 5 seconds.

Regardless, this F-250’s owner won the t-shirt for getting so close to breaking the 5 second barrier.  Had he been running at or near sea level, this is easily a sub five second truck, meaning that it could run with a lot of modern sports cars.

And could there be anything more satisfying than outrunning some poor soul driving a new Camaro in your four wheel drive, Super Cab, Super Duty?  I think not.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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