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  • Truck Trend’s 1-Ton Challenge: Eighth-Mile Trailer Tow

Truck Trend’s 1-Ton Challenge: Eighth-Mile Trailer Tow

High-Speed Towing

Jul 26, 2017
Photographers: Truck Trend Staff
With the dyno activities complete, our band of big, beautiful duallies headed off to Bandimere Speedway. Nicknamed “Thunder Mountain,” Bandimere is a world-class racing facility located on the side of a hill in Morrison, Colorado, which hosts competitive events for top-tier organizations such as the NHRA’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals and NHRDA’s Diesel on the Mountain. Located at 5,800 feet above sea level, Bandimere consistently proves to be among the most difficult tracks in the nation for novice and veteran race teams alike.
Photo 2/12   |   1 Ton Challenge Eighth Mile Trailer Tow Ram
Bandimere also holds the distinction of being one of the only professional drag-race facilities in the nation that will allow us to run flat out through the eighth-mile while towing a 10,600-pound trailer. With a combined weight of more than 8 tons, it’s no surprise that track’s owners still cringe when we do it.
For this event, we turned to the professional driving abilities of Diesel Power’s Technical Editor John Lehenbauer. John has spent decades towing heavy-equipment trailers and currently maintains his Class A commercial driver’s license. Each truck was hitched to a steel-deck equipment trailer loaded down with a skid-steer tractor, then staged individually and allowed to run down the track just one time.
Photo 3/12   |   1 Ton Challenge Eighth Mile Trailer Tow Ford
Unsurprisingly, our three competitors were very closely matched, with just 0.400 second separating each of the trucks. Ford’s F-350 Super Duty topped the trio, with the GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD in second and the Ram 3500 in third. Interestingly, less than half a mile per hour separated the Ram and Sierra, as the GMC left the line harder while the Ram built speed on the top end.
Photo 4/12   |   1 Ton Challenge Eighth Mile Trailer Tow GMC


Eighth-Mile Time (Seconds)
1. Ford F-350 Super Duty: 14.076
2. GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD: 14.438
3. Ram 3500: 14.877
Eighth-Mile Speed (MPH)
1. Ford F-350 Super Duty: 53.85
2. GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD: 50.63
3. Ram 3500: 50.22