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