Toyota Tundra Out-Pulls a Ford F-350
By Mike Mello
“I hope he doesn’t break anything…” is what the announcer said, right before a Toyota Tundra pulled the sled out the back door of a recent truck pulling event in Swanzey, NH. The glossy blue Tundra was competing in the street-legal class and bested an F-350 diesel that, in all fairness, was at least a couple years old. However, you could almost hear the comments in the stands before the Tundra hooked up, about how the Toyota probably wasn’t up for the job. Judging by the amount of other Tundra pulling videos on YouTube, it’s safe to say that the latest Tundra is prepared to take on any vehicle in the street-legal classes of truck pulling.
In these two videos, it’s unknown if either truck had any bolt-ons or otherwise custom work done to their respective drivetrains. Who knows if one driver had more experience than the other in pulling? The difference in the two pulls was a matter of about 20 feet. It appears that the Tundra gathered a little more momentum in the early stage of the pull which might have helped it at the top end of the track.
Maybe the F-350 driver selected the wrong gear? Perhaps it was just a matter of tires and traction? Any number of reasons could be suggested for why the Tundra twice made the pull look easy. Maybe what’s interesting is that truck commercials could do without all the CGI and improbable stunts. How about some homegrown video of trucks proving their mettle?
Getting back to the Toyota vs. Ford issue at hand, on the day of this particular contest, the Tundra appeared to be the newest vehicle hooking up to the sled. The Dodges and GMs of the day didn’t come close, but, again, who knows if any of these drivers had ever competed before. I just wonder if the ranks of Tundra drivers are going to grow to Super Duty proportions? Is it possible? You probably know at least one convert in your town and if the Tundras keep pulling their way to the front of the pack then what are we to expect? It’s just obvious that trash-talking the import isn’t going to hold up anymore.
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