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Truck Trend’s 1-Ton Challenge: Obstacle Course

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Jul 26, 2017
Photographers: Truck Trend Staff
What looks like a jumbled mess of construction cones laying in a parking lot is actually one of the most difficult events of our competition. Built with more than 100 cones and patterned loosely after the course that Class-A commercial driver’s license applicants are subjected to—except way more sinister—was our trailer obstacle course. The course sent our trucks, with the 10,600-pound equipment trailer from our eighth-mile competition attached, through a maze of twists and turns in both forward and reverse.
To smooth out the human-error factor as best as we could, we asked Brandon Wright to pilot each of the trucks through the course. Brandon is a professional Class-A driver by trade and has been for more than a decade. He carries a triple-trailer endorsement and can reverse a trailer with his eyes closed. It also doesn’t hurt that Brandon has been a part of building the obstacle course for Diesel Power Challenge for the past several years and still holds the course record with his personal Ford F-250 Super Duty (a gas V-10, no less).
Photo 2/37   |   1 Ton Challenge Obstacle Course GMC
With the trailer attached, each truck was backed into the starting box and, on the sound of a horn, were sent barreling into the first 90-degree, left-hand turn. Once through the first turn, the trucks made another hard left before tossing the transmission in Reverse and backing the trailer through a tight, 100-foot-long chute. At the end of the first reversing section, the trailer needed to be turned before returning to drive and accelerating into a 90-degree right-hander. From here, the truck veered right and left through a chicane. The next obstacle sent the truck and trailer through a U-turn and headed for a strategically placed stop box. Once in the box, the trucks were again shifted into Reverse, where they had to back the trailer into the starting box, thus tripping the timing beams and recording a time.
Photo 3/37   |   1 Ton Challenge Obstacle Course Ford
The results were shocking to our professional driver, who is an avid Ford fanatic. The GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD took the top honors, edging out the Ram 3500 by only 1 second. The Ford F-350 Super Duty came in third, despite having been on the course previously as a demonstration vehicle.
Photo 4/37   |   1 Ton Challenge Obstacle Course Ram

Results

Obstacle Course (Minutes:Seconds)
1. GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD: 1:21
2. Ram 3500: 1:22
3: Ford F-350 Super Duty: 1:29

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