Ram ProMaster Struts its FWD Chops - VIDEO
Company Touts Superior Snow Traction in YouTube Flick
The debate between front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive will rage on forever, we’re sure, but Ram Commercial has fired a shot at its rear-drive competition in a new YouTube video, embedded below.
The video shows Ram’s front-wheel-drive ProMaster 2500 cargo van lined up against a rear-wheel-drive Ford Transit 250, which is new for 2015. Both vehicles start at the same time, gathering speed before hitting a snowy 20 percent incline. The ProMaster scampers up the hill with seemingly no drama, while the Transit makes it about halfway before losing traction and spinning its rear wheels uselessly.
Both vehicles are equipped with traction control, but we can’t be sure how carefully either vehicle was driven. Obviously, reacting with a ham fist (foot?) when encountering slick conditions will result in a loss of traction, but we’ll give Ram the benefit of the doubt and assume that both drivers were responsibly trying to maintain forward motion.
The video doesn’t address another important element of winter traction: proper tires. Fitting dedicated winter tires is always a good idea in areas that regularly see wintertime high temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, as even all-season tires harden up and lose traction in cold temperatures.
In the conditions the video describes, the Ram ProMaster 2500 has superior traction compared to its Blue Oval rival. The video also points out that for those who use their vans for work, time lost spinning tires is money lost spinning tires.
Now, about that Sprinter 4x4…
Source: Ram Truck, via YouTube