Ford Raptor R goes up against Ram TRX in heavyweight tug-of-war

Published on Sep 25, 2023 at 1:39 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on Sep 27, 2023 at 6:36 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Kate Bain

Ford Raptor R goes up against Ram TRX in heavyweight tug-of-war

Just like arm wrestling, tug-of-war duels between vehicles serve the same purpose: to show who’s more powerful.

These battles can go specatuicarly wrong, but no matter the outcome, they’re always entertaining. 

And this latest tug-of-war between two heavyweights is no different.

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In the left corner is a Ford F-150 Raptor R, powered by a 5.2-liter supercharged Coyote V8 engine making 700 horsepower.

Then, in the right corner, there’s a Ram 1500 TRX which has a 6.2-liter HEMI V8 with 707 horsepower.

On paper, there’s very little between the two high-performance pickup trucks, but there can only be one winner.

So, race car driver Cleetus McFarland challenged his friend ‘Jackstand’ to a duel to see who had the more powerful pickup.

And there was plenty of fighting talk before the pair went to battle.

“I’d pull that alumnium thing in half like a soda can,” Jackstand said, poking fun at his friend’s Raptor R.

“Did I hear you say you’d pull my truck in half?” McFarland responded.

“Nothing like some $100,000 trucks doing a tug of war dude.”

It wasn’t long before they realized who would have the last laugh.

With the two pickups hooked up and the tow rope pulled taut, the pair hit the throttle.

That’s when it immediately became clear one of the pickup trucks didn’t stand a chance.

After mere seconds, the TRX pulled off effortlessly dragging the Raptor R behind it.

“Woah! Don’t drag him to the shopping mall!” the guy filming the video said.

But McFarland wasn’t going to give up on his Raptor R and demanded another shot at it.

He’d soon come to regret it, though, as the self thing happened a second time.

This type of test requires a good amount of torque (and grip), and the TRX’s class-leading 650 lb-ft of torque pulled the life out of the Raptor R.

The sad thing is, this is probably one of the last battles we’ll see between these two behemoths.

Stellantis will end production of the Ram 1500 TRX at the end of this year.

Meanwhile, The Ford F-150 Raptor R will continue and is set to be even stronger, as the 2024 model year is confirmed to make over 700 horsepower.

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Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.