A few weeks back we discussed how Chevrolet and Ram trucks are going to start putting the heat on Ford. Having been the leading name in pickup truck sales for about four decades, Ford has a long history behind it. In 2018, the 2019 Chevy Silverado and the 2019 Ram 1500 debuted at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Both trucks are powerful and more affordable than the Ford F-150 light duty pickup. To really test the power, Chevy put the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD up against the Ford Super Duty pickup truck in a drag race while fully loaded. Read on to find out which truck won the race.
If you watched the 2018 Super Bowl, then it’s likely that you saw the Chevrolet advertisement where the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD races a Ford Super Duty pickup truck. The results were very clear in that advertisement, and some may say, “Well of course the Chevy truck won, it’s an advert for Chevy trucks!,” but the truck really does have what it takes to beat the Ford Super Duty.
The Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD is powered by a new 6.6-liter Duramax Diesel engine, capable of generating 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet Chief Engineer Eric Stanczak said that power can only be achieved when the Silverado 3500 HD is paired to the Allison® 1000 6-speed automatic transmission and he says it is the most powerful Silverado ever.
New with the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD is a functional hood scoop. Much like those found on Dodge Challenger vehicles like the SRT Hellcat and SRT Demon, a functional hood scoop “sucks” in air as the car drives, introducing cooler air to the engine, which results in improved performance (colder air is denser air and denser air means more air to burn). The functional hood scoop on the Silverado 3500 HD is patented, designed with a filter that also removes moisture and contaminants from the air passing through the hood scoop to ensure clean air is being burned.
Now onto the drag race test. The Chevrolet commercial during the 2018 Super Bowl was very tricky with this. They kept the Ford in the background, the focus was always on the Silverado, and any details that could possibly give away the specs of the Ford Super Duty were blurred at all times. They clearly didn’t count on writers analyzing every frame of that commercial. From what we can see on a large screen, they’re drag racing a Ford Super Duty F-350. There’s a decal near the bottom of the front door on either side, but it’s just too blurry, and the Ford Super Duty has multiple decals on several trims and packages.
The drag race consisted of attaching a trailer to each pickup truck and then load them up with 10,000 pounds. When it came to the race, each vehicle would accelerate as if entering the highway, needing to speed up to match the speed of others on the road. Once the lights turned green, both trucks were to cover a quarter mile as quickly as possible. We couldn’t find any track times for the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD, but the Ford F-350 Super Duty 4x4 with a crew cab can finish a quarter mile in 15.7 seconds.
For anyone who was watching, the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD not only won the race, but as said by Stanczak, “Man, you beat me by a truck load”. Meaning, even when putting the pedal to the medal, the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD was a whole truck load ahead of the Ford F-350 Super Duty. That means the Silverado 3500 HD is faster, even when hauling 10,000 pounds, than the Ford F-350 Super Duty.
Of course commercials, especially advertisements during the Super Bowl, will attempt to skew results, and the one footing the bill will give themselves the upper hand to drive sales. We can’t believe everything we see, just like we can’t believe everything we read, unless the results come from a reputable source having conducted a contained experiment and presents all the variables in play. However, if this commercial is true, then the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD truly is a better, more powerful truck. Besides, would Football Legend Howie Long lie?
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