Lordstown Motors has launched a video of its Endurance electrical pickup truck in a tug of battle battle in opposition to a 2019 Ford F-150 Lariat EcoBoost.
The F-150 is the best-selling car within the US and has held that crown for a number of many years straight. For a truck, particularly one inbuilt America, it represents the yardstick to be measured to.
So it has grow to be widespread to do exactly that, by staging tug of wars in opposition to America’s hottest car. Tesla made fairly a splash with its Cybertruck vs. F-150 tug of war video, which later impressed a rematch challenge and even turned the topic of internet gambling, although the rematch by no means ended up taking place. There are lots of different movies of different automobiles participating in comparable assessments of energy.
Lordstown appears to be courting the identical type of controversy with the video, which the corporate despatched to us as we speak. No spoilers, however we guess you possibly can guess what occurred. Take a look:
A tug of battle brings to thoughts visions of energy and utility and appeals to the identical feelings pickup truck consumers are on the lookout for of their car. Lordstown says:
With each vans positioned in 4-wheel drive and traction management turned off, the match highlights the Endurance’s superior traction – a results of its revolutionary use of in-wheel hub motors – and proves it has the facility and performance to match the highest vans in its class, with improved efficiency, effectivity and security.
However as a take a look at of auto capabilities, it’s really pretty meaningless. There are such a lot of variables that aren’t accounted for in assessments like these, and on the finish of the day, the take a look at is extra about traction than energy.
Traction continues to be necessary, particularly for a car that will probably be doing quite a lot of towing. However this take a look at was carried out on moist grass (which isn’t a really uniform floor) and with traction management disabled on each automobiles. We don’t know the tires, tire pressures or loading of both car, we don’t know the burden or weight distribution of the Endurance (although it’s probably heavier than the F-150 with its giant battery, and this can be a big benefit in a tug of battle), and we don’t know what number of trials occurred.
We do know that each vans are four-wheel-drive variations (extra wheels pushing = higher traction), which a minimum of makes them equal in that respect. We additionally know that each automobiles had traction management turned off, probably negating one of many Endurance’s benefits as electrical motors can have way more responsive traction management methods than gasoline engines. A take a look at like this actually goes right down to which car begins slipping first, and with traction management turned off, driver talent can have an effect on that as nicely.
Lordstown does specify that this can be a “traction take a look at” and never a “energy take a look at,” so a minimum of they’re not making an attempt to mislead us. Truthful play to them on that.
So ultimately, this tug of battle is extra about enjoyable than anything. No matter this take a look at, we’re positive that the Lordstown Endurance will certainly have superior traction capabilities as in comparison with the gasoline F-150, due to its superior electrical drivetrain. And we’re additionally fairly positive that it will likely be heavier than the F-150, which is perhaps all it must win this tug of battle to start with. Although when the F-150 goes electric, that might all change.
Lordstown plans to start out promoting the Endurance subsequent yr with a sexy $52,500 starting price. That is simply $45,000 after federal tax credit score and even cheaper in some states, which is on par with the F-150 Lariat which begins at $42,750. Then, when working prices are taken under consideration, the Endurance will present a big benefit — which should be enticing for fleet consumers.
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