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2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid Drag Races F-150 Raptor, Humiliation Follows

Although the crown is often contested, the Ford F-150 is the king of pickup trucks. Even though this 2021 model has "hybrid" written on the back, it hasn't been turned into a Prius. To prove that Ford lets you have your cake and eat it, the guys at Fast Lane Truck organized a drag race against the outgoing Raptor.
2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid Drag Races F-150 Raptor, Humiliation Follows 4 photos
2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid Drag Races F-150 Raptor, Humiliation Follows2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid Drag Races F-150 Raptor, Humiliation Follows2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid Drag Races F-150 Raptor, Humiliation Follows
New generations of F-150 don't come along very often, and Ford likes to make the kind of major changes that will ensure long-term popularity. With the 2021 pickup, they're targeting better mpg numbers by pioneering some hybrid technology that might also trickle down to the next-gen Raptor.

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.



 
 
 
 
 

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