F-150 With 2.7-Liter EcoBoost Hangs Tough with a Mustang GT: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday

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Pony car gets the win, but the EcoBoost-powered F-150 keeps the race close with a strong start.

This week’s “Truckin’ Fast Wednesday” video comes to us from the EcoBoost 2.7 M1 YouTube channel and it features a 2016 Ford F-150 taking on a Mustang GT at Barona Dragway in California. Although the Mustang GT is one of the Motor Company’s leading performance cars, and the 2.7-liter EcoBoost is designed to yield the best possible fuel economy, this half-ton truck does a nice job of giving this pony car a run for its money.

Built EcoBoost Power

There is no information accompanying this footage of an F-150 racing a Mustang GT, but if you scroll through the list of videos from this YouTube channel, you can get a good look at what has been done to improve performance. Over the years, this truck has gotten an SCT tuning device, a high performance tune, a new downpipe, a cold air intake setup, methanol injection, a larger throttle body, MSD ignition bits, and an exhaust setup.

F-150 Versus Mustang Waiting

We don’t know what kind of power this Ford pickup is making, but it is surely making well beyond the stock figures of 325 horsepower and 375 lb.-ft of torque. It also has four-wheel-drive, allowing it to launch with all of the available power without much concern of wheelspin.

Meanwhile, the Ford Mustang GT in the far lane is quiet enough that we cannot hear it during the run, leading us to believe that it is stock. If it is stock, the pony car is packing 460 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft of torque. But it likely weighs at least a thousand pounds less than the truck.

F-150 Versus Mustang GT Burnout

The Battle

The footage begins with the Mustang doing a smoky burnout while the four-wheel-drive F-150 makes a few simple test hits in the burnout area. Both vehicles stage and the engine speed of the EcoBoost soars and the exhaust roars, making it very clear that this is not a stock pickup.

F-150 Racing a Mustang GT

When the green lights drop, the F-150 hops out better than the Mustang with more exhaust roar than the pony car. The truck puts up a good fight, but the Mustang closes around half-track and takes the win. We can’t see what the Mustang runs due to a light pole being in the way, but it ran something in the mid-to-high 8-second range.

As for the F-150, it sounds like it is having some transmission tuning issues on the top end, as the truck doesn’t sound great near the finish line. Even with that audible issue, the EcoBoost’d half-ton runs a 9.20 in the eighth mile, losing to the V8-powered pony car by a few tenths of a second.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

F-150 Runs a 9.20

"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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