See Rivian R1T Take On Ford Explorer ST In All-American Drag Race

Drag races between all-electric autos and gasoline-powered vehicles normally have a Tesla Mannequin S Plaid on one aspect of the drag strip and an over-the-top supercar or hypercar that prices 5 instances extra on the opposite aspect.

Now, nonetheless, we have now a barely completely different variation of the ICE vs. EV battle, with a Rivian R1T electrical pickup getting right into a pace combat with the Ford Explorer ST SUV, with video proof of the race embedded on the high of this web page.

Each are made in the US, and in the identical state, really – Rivian assembles its autos in Regular, Illinois, and the Explorer is made in Chicago. Moreover, each are all-wheel drive (non-compulsory on the Explorer ST) and have sporty credentials, however sadly for the Ford driver, she seems to have picked the mistaken battle, as a result of the Rivian seems to be specced with the corporate’s quad-motor setup, which makes at least 835 horsepower and 908 pound-feet (1,231 Newton-meters) of torque.

The quad-motor specification doesn’t seem wherever within the video title or description, however final month the California-based EV startup introduced on its official Instagram account that autos with this powertrain have yellow brake calipers and accents, whereas the newly-introduced dual-motor variants get silver brake calipers. And as you may see within the video, the all-electric pickup has yellow calipers, so logic tells us it’s probably the most highly effective model obtainable.


The Ford Explorer ST is powered by a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 gasoline engine that makes 400 hp and 415 lb-ft (562 Nm) of torque. A ten-speed automated transmission sends energy to the rear wheels as customary, with an Clever four-wheel drive system obtainable as an choice.

Granted, the Explorer is far lighter than the R1T, tipping the scales at 4,345 lbs (1,970 kilograms), whereas the electrical pickup weighs 8,532 lbs (3,870 kg). So, after analyzing the specs, it needs to be a detailed(ish) race, however what do you suppose the end result will likely be? Go watch the video on the high of this web page after which tell us what your ideas are within the feedback part under.