Ford Explorer is a Super Sleeper with V6 Power: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday
Explorer runs high 12s, making this 4.0-liter-powered a worthy adversary for many stock muscle cars.
This week’s “Truckin’ Fast Wednesday” video comes to us from the BigKleib34 YouTube channel and it features a second generation Ford Explorer turning in impressive times at Cecil County Dragway. This SUV isn’t as quick as some of the vehicles that we showcase in our Wednesday segment, but in running 12-second elapsed times and looking like a run-of-the-mill daily driver, this slick sleeper is worth a few minutes of our time.
All that we know about this Ford Explorer is that it is from the second generation, it is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine, that engine is fitted with a supercharger and this particular SUV is the smaller, lighter two-door version. It is remarkably clean for an SUV that is at least 16-years old, right down to the original wheels, but this Explorer is far-quicker than anything like it in factory form.
In standard form, this Explorer likely packed 210 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque from the overhead camshaft version of the Cologne V6. However, adding the supercharger clearly boosts the power levels significantly, allowing this spotless SUV to run in the high-12s and low-13s on the drag strip.
Now, try to ignore the fact that this Explorer is racing against considerably quicker cars. For some reason, every run is against some variety of modified Corvette, all of which run in the 11-second range. This isn’t about the actual races, but rather the track times being laid down by this average-looking SUV.
On the first run, the Explorer takes on a C6 Corvette that spends forever waiting to launch while the SUV left early, giving the Chevy the red-light win. On the top end, the V6-powered Ford ran a 13.15 at 102.56 miles per hour.
On the second run, it is a C7 Corvette in the near lane and on this run, the Explorer red-lights again, running a 13.16 at 102.5 miles per hour. This same Chevy is in the near lane for the final run as well and once again, it ran in the 10-second range, but this last run was the best for the SUV. The stock-looking Explorer runs a 12.98 at 103.21 miles per hour, making this one quick sleeper.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!