Turbo Ranger Crushes Lightning: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday Presented by the Nitto Terra Grappler G2

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Ride along with this insane Ranger and listen to the engine roar as it beats the blown F-150.

This week’s “Truckin’ Fast Wednesday” video comes to us from the YouTube channel of Beluga420 and it features a great drag race between a turbocharged Ranger and a supercharged F-150 SVT Lightning. Well, it is a great race if you want to watch a four-cylinder truck stomp a V8 truck.

The Competitors

The details on the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning are short, but we know that in stock form, the supercharged V8 delivered either 360 or 380 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. Based on the beating it takes, we can assume that it is stock or near-stock. In any case, it doesn’t have anywhere near enough power to keep up with this Ranger.

The camera vehicle here is a 1996 Ford Ranger with a built 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. The engine is fully built and fitted with a Holset WH1C turbocharger.

Although the truck has an automatic transmission gauge cluster, it clearly has a manual transmission and in looking at the other videos on the channel, this compact pickup is fitted with a set of Hoosier drag radial tires.

This combination of the built 2.3 and the manual transmission makes this lightweight truck a beast in the quarter mile.

The Race

Turbo Ranger In-Car Footage

The video begins with the Ranger doing a burnout. Due to the in-car view, we can’t see it, but we can hear it, and it sounds pretty wicked. After cleaning the tires off, the little Ford truck eases up to the line and waits for the supercharged Lightning to stage in the far lane. The driver brings the engine speed way up as the lights come down and when the green lights drop – the Ranger rips away from the starting line.

Within a few seconds, the F-150 is only visible through the rear window as the Ranger hands out a solid beating. This race was probably far more impressive from trackside, but the in-car lets us hear the boosted engine scream as the smaller Ford hands out a beating to the Lightning.

Truckin’ Fast Wednesday Presented by the Nitto Terra Grappler G2
Nitto Terra Grappler G2

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