If the name of our publication didn’t make it obvious, we are huge fans of drag racing and pickup trucks over here. Combine the two together and you have the makings of something rather interesting. Thanks to a short video clip uploaded to F150gen14 YouTube channel, we can now watch a 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid take on the Ram 1500 Hemi eTorque mild hybrid. While pulling heavy trailers. Let the battle for electrified dominance begin.
To be completely fair, there really isn’t much of a race going on in this clip. As soon as the countdown is over, the Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid leaps off the line and never looks back. By the time the race is done, the Ford has gapped the Ram by quite a few truck lengths. Surely a bit of an embarrassing result for Hemi fans, as Ford’s plucky six-cylinder is clearly a more powerful powertrain option.
Though that is to be expected, as Ford claimed that the PowerBoost V6 is targeting class-leading ratings in both horsepower and torque. The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine is supplemented with a 35-kilowatt motor and a 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. While the Blue Oval hasn’t given us any specific outputs, the Ram lays down 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet. Based on the results of the race, the Hybrid F-150 will make quite a bit more than that. That said, the Ram has a maximum tow-rating of 12,750-pounds, which is 750 more than the battery-assisted Ford.
The instant torque that comes with electric motors is a huge advantage in a drag race, and is the reason why EV’s have such crazy fast 0-60 times. Ford has already confirmed that the all-electric F-150 will be the quickest and most powerful truck in the lineup, dwarfing even the Raptor when it arrives in mid-2022. Perhaps then it isn’t a surprise that the Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid is rather quick.