Rental Ford F-150 Goes Drifting: Muddy Monday
Rental company probably didn’t expect someone to play in the mud with a rear-wheel-drive F-150.
This week’s Muddy Monday video comes to us from the YouTube channel of Milo Triana and it features a 2018 or 2019 Ford F-150 drifting in the mud. The title states that this truck is a rental, so shy of bracket racing, this is likely the most fun that you can have with an F-150 that you don’t own. Of course, the rental company probably wouldn’t approve, but with a good rinse, it would be easy to avoid any uncomfortable questions when you return the truck.
The Rental Truck
There are no details on this Ford F-150, shy of the fact that it is a rental. We can see that it is an XLT model, devoid of any four-wheel-drive badging and it appears to only spin the rear wheels, so we would guess that this truck is powered by the entry-level, 3.3-liter V6. At one point, the base V6 would have made a big truck a total bore, even in the mud, but with 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque, this V6 is as powerful as V8 engines in the not-so-distant past.
This truck is probably a great option for someone who needs to use a truck for a day or two to help a friend move or to move a college student into a new apartment. It doesn’t appear to have a hitch, so you can’t tow anything with it and the base V6 wouldn’t be much fun to take racing, unlike the rest of the F-150 engines. Also, without, four-wheel-drive, you can’t do any off-roading with this rental truck; or can you?
Drifting in the Mud
In the video above, the new F-150 XLT is drifting around an empty dirt lot that has just enough water in the middle to keep everything wet. The track created by the half-ton Ford truck is just muddy enough for the rear-drive truck to maintain a nice, smooth drift without getting stuck. Mind you, there are a few points where the truck is doing far more spinning than moving, but even when the driver tackles the water in the middle, the two-wheel-drive F-150 powers through to the other side.
While we would recommend against doing this with a rental truck, it is always a good idea to have something with four-wheel-drive on hand to pull you out. Luckily, the driver of this rental F-150 didn’t need the help.