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Test Results for Manual Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge:
1/4-mile, with 12,100 Pound Trailer




Test Results for Automatic Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge:
1/4-mile, with 12,100 Pound Trailer

1/4-mile, with 12,100lb Trailer Summary
  2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD, dual rear wheel, 6-speed manual 2003
Ford F-250, single rear wheel, 6-speed manual
2003
Dodge Ram 3500, dual rear wheel, 6-speed manual
2003
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, single rear wheel, 5-speed auto
2003
Ford F-350, single rear wheel, 5-speed auto
0-30mph 8.51s 8.00ss 8.04s 7.69s 6.36s
0-40mph 13.73s 11.61s 13.30s 11.93s 10.44s
0-50mph 20.52s 18.37s 20.35s 18.01s 15.65s
0-60mph 29.39s 25.10s 29.78s 27.71s 23.57s
           
1/4-mile 25.32s 24.39s 24.99s 24.23s 22.99s
Speed at 1/4-mile 56.60mph 59.10mph 55.03mph 57.04mph 59.34mph

Having been involved in some of the first tests of the Duramax Diesel 6600 prior to it’s introduction, I can tell you the results of this first test are much closer than they were just two short years ago. While most of us wouldn’t load up a 12,100 pound trailer and then go drag racing. this test showed that you could. The Drag Strip provided us with controlled conditions on a closed course.

The next two test articles will report the results from a seven percent grade that, for the purpose of our test, measures 1720 feet. The test will be performed in the same manner as the Milan drag strip shootout, but in only one direction: uphill.

The last test is a tough one -- our test fleet running empty and with our 12,100 pound test trailer on a 1000-foot long, 15 percent grade. Climbing a 15 percent grade is no easy task; I would bet that most of us could not walk up a grade of 15 percent that is 1000 feet long in less than a minute.

Stay tuned for the second article in the series next Monday.

Until then Happy Trucking.

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