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Truck Trend’s 1-Ton Challenge: Quarter-Mile Drag Race

1,320 Feet

Jul 26, 2017
Photographers: Truck Trend Staff
After pulling the chains and dropping the hitch, it was time to turn our competitors loose on the full quarter-mile of pristine dragstrip that Bandimere Speedway had to offer. For this portion of our competition, we chose three of our Truck Trend Network staff members to handle driving duties. With the most racing experience, an NHRA license, and an 8-second Mustang, Diesel Power Editor KJ Jones was a natural choice. Truck Trend Editor Jason Gonderman and Truck Trend Network Content Director Sean Holman rounded out the trio, both with decades of vehicle acceleration and speed testing under their belts. To ensure the fairest competition possible, each driver piloted all three pickups down the strip and the results were averaged.
Photo 2/36   |   1 Ton Challenge Drag Race
We all had our own preconceived notions of what we thought the trucks might be capable of doing in the quarter-mile, but none of us thought we’d see these heavy behemoths run in the low-16-second range. Even more astonishing, looking at the best individual runs we saw a 0.002-second difference between the Ford F-350 Super Duty and GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD and less than 1 mph separating the Sierra and Ram 3500.
Photo 3/36   |   1 Ton Challenge Drag Race GMC Burnout
What the results showed, and consequently what our drivers felt in the trucks, was the Ford left the line hard and never let up. The Super Duty was a rocket ship, relatively speaking, and was impossible to catch if it got the holeshot. The Ram, on the other hand, was slower to leave the line, but once it came into the power, it roared like a freight train and would claw hard to regain any ground lost in the first half. The best races involved the Sierra chasing down the Super Duty and the Ram running after the Sierra. If the Ram’s Cummins engine could get on the boil quicker, then all three trucks would be so evenly matched that it would simply come down to driver skill to win the race.
Photo 4/36   |   1 Ton Challenge Drag Race Ford V Ram

Results

Quarter-Mile Time (Seconds)
1. Ford F-350 Super Duty: 16.780
2. GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD: 16.919
3. Ram 3500: 17.525
Quarter-Mile Speed (MPH)
1. Ford F-350 Super Duty: 84.54
2. GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD: 81.67
3. Ram 3500: 80.94

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