The interesting premise for this drag race is that the F-150 Hybrid costs more money ($79,000) than a sporty Raptor ($77,000). This is partly because of the powertrain technology and an interior that feels miles above its predecessor. The leather is Lincoln-worthy, and the console has Playstation graphics.
But none of that matters in a drag race. The 2021 Ford F-150 has six powertrain options, of which only the PowerBoost is truly new. This twin-turbo hybrid V6 is equipped with a 35-kW (47-hp) electric motor powered by a 1.5-kWh lithium-ion battery and makes a respectable 430 horsepower. This and the 570 lb-ft (772 Nm) of torque put it above the 400 horsepower 5.0L V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost.
But the Raptor's high-output EcoBoost is rated at 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft (690 Nm). Plus, it's bright red, so it's got to be faster, right? Well, just before the race, the crew make a couple of 0-60 mph sprints, and the numbers suggest it will be a close one.
The first race sees the 2021 F-150 struggling with the launch, but it wins convincingly in the second. Now, TFL's drag races are notoriously controversial, and this isn't a full quarter-mile. Still, it's safe to say the new model is at least equal to the Raptor, the outgoing model. That's like the new Civic being as quick as a Type R, which is frankly embarrassing for the little dinosaur truck.