F-150 Battles Silverado in 2018 Half Ton Duel: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday

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F-150 with the 5.0-liter V8 wins from a roll, but the Chevy’s bigger V8 gets it the win from a dig.

As long as both Ford and Chevrolet are building trucks, fans of each brand will argue whether the F-150 or the Silverado is the superior machine. This week’s Truckin’ Fast Wednesday video comes to us from the Underground Golden Triangle YouTube channel and adds some fuel to that fire, with a series of races between a 2018 Ford F-150 and a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado. Both trucks have their premium V8, meaning that the Chevy has a larger, more powerful engine, but power alone isn’t enough to overcome Ford’s “Coyote” V8 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Trucks

The truck carrying the camera for this racing action is a 2018 Ford F-150 with a four-door cab and the 5.0-liter V8 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. We do not know whether this truck has four-wheel-drive, nor do we know for sure which four-door cab it is, but we know that this is not a regular cab pickup. In stock form, this truck offered 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. With the only modification being a cat-back exhaust system, it is probably still making near-stock power.

2018 Silverado Losing to F-150

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country also has a four-door cab, but it packs a larger 6.2-liter V8 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This engine delivers 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, so it is considerably stronger, but it also weighs more while having a disadvantage in the transmission department.

In short, the F-150 weighs less and has a 10-speed transmission while the Chevy has more horsepower and torque with an 8-speed transmission.

Going Head-to-Head

The video begins with the Ford and Chevy going head-to-head in a roll race. We don’t know how fast they start, but it appears to be fairly slow, perhaps 25-35 miles per hour. On the third honk, both drivers hammer down and the F-150 quickly jumps out to an early lead. From there, the Silverado quickly falls behind as the Coyote-powered pickup hands out a pretty brutal beating.

Silverado Ready to Dig Race F-150

Next, the two race from a dig, but the start is strange. They line up, each driver appears to bring the engine up speed up and someone honks twice, at which point the F-150 launches. We aren’t sure if he launched early or if they meant to go on the second honk, but in any case, that head start quickly evaporates and the Chevy races out of the frame. A few seconds later, the Ford catches and passes, but we don’t know if the Chevy got far enough ahead that the driver let off or if the F-150 reeled him in at speed. In any case, the Chevy clearly had the upper hand on this run.

Finally, the two go from a roll once again. This time, the Chevy does a nice job of making a race of it, but after a few seconds, the F-150 begins to inch away, eventually putting the Silverado at the back bumper.

2018 Slveraro Losing to F-150

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

"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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