Tug-of-war competitions are popular, although they don’t quite prove anything about the vehicles involved. They are fun, though, so we think the video link below will at least entertain if not offer any clues about the contenders’ capabilities. A Rivian R1T and a Ford F-150 Lightning joined by a stretch of towing cable, trying to drag the hell out of one another, what can be more satisfying to watch?
The short video starts with a walkaround of the trucks, and right from the start, the viewer has a pretty good idea of where this competition is leading. That’s because the Lightning is shoed with pretty decent but not quite dirt-capable General Grabber HTS60 tires. The Rivian R1T, on the other hand, runs on Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus tires with a more aggressive tread pattern. This and the higher power of the Rivian electric motors is enough to get the Lightning’s wheels spinning hopelessly.
And indeed, this is what happens. We’re surprised that the owner of the Ford electric truck didn’t see this coming and avoided a humiliating defeat. Or maybe he had the opposite strategy of letting anyone think the F-150 Lightning was better had it come with the right tires. Sorry, I don’t think so. The R1T is too powerful and has better power distribution thanks to its four electric motors.