Ford F-250 Shows How to Lose an Autocross Event: Freaky Ford Friday

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Smoking your tires around the track will cause your F-250 to finish poorly and maybe get thrown out.

This week’s Freaky Friday video comes to us from the YouTube channel of swordawg and it features an older Ford F-250 participating in a fairly informal autocross day. The driver of this truck clearly isn’t taking the competition seriously, as he is piloting an extended cab ¾-ton truck with junk in the bed and worse yet, he is smoking the tires pretty much the entire way around the track. The driver surely knows that smoking the tires isn’t the best way to turn in great lap times, but there is no question that he put on a great show for the spectators.

The Machine

There are no details on this truck, but we can see that the fender badging says F-250 and we know that the design that it comes from the ninth generation, which ran from 1992 through 1996. We can also tell from the sound that it has a V8 engine and a manual transmission, allowing the driver to bring the engine speed way up and dump the clutch, resulting in a whole lot of tire smoke.

Ford F-250 Autocross Ready

Ford offered three V8 engines during this era, so if this truck is packing the factory powerplant, it has either a 5.0- or 5.8-liter small block or a 7.5-liter big block, with power outputs ranging from 185 to 245 horsepower while torque levels ranged from 270 to 410 lb-ft. However, when coupled with the manual transmission, the power levels don’t matter, as this ‘90s F-Series has no problem roasting the rear tires.

Smokin’ Autocross

In the video above, the driver of the F-250 leaves the starting line with the tires smoking and that continues for nearly the entire duration of the run. When we hear the driver bring the engine speeds way up before dumping the clutch, it becomes clear that he is trying to smoke the tires, not turn in the best lap time.

Ford F-250 Smoke Show autocross

Fortunately for those spectators looking to see a smoke show, this F-250 does a great job of keeping the tires spinning as it weaves through (and sometimes over) the orange cones.

If you want to finish poorly in an autocross event, this Ford truck puts on a great display of how to do so, but in reality, if you attended an autocross event and went around the track like this, you would likely be asked to leave.

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