Chevy Silverado Duramax Slays Ford Raptor in a Drag Race (Video)

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Sometimes trucks just don’t live up to the hype. And in this case, a first-gen Ford Raptor comes up short.

As any avid truck fan already knows, Ford’s Raptor gets an incredible amount of attention (and press) these days. Heck, for a while there, it’s all anybody talked about. But the problem with vehicles like the Raptor is that they often fail to live up to the massive hype they create. Which isn’t always the vehicle’s fault, of course. But even the most level headed enthusiast should feel confident that a last-gen Raptor could at least beat a Chevy Silverado Duramax in a drag race, right?

It’s a reasonable prediction, after all. The first generation Raptor packs a 6.2 liter V8 producing a stout 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. The first gen 6.6 liter HD Chevy Silverado Duramax, on the other hand, produces “only” 300 hp yet an impressive 520 lb-ft of torque. It might seem like a stacked contest, or even a weird one. But the guys over at The Fast Lane Truck like to make the kinds of comparisons no one else will, and we love them for it.

Chevy Silverado Duramax

Still, even TFLT couldn’t predict what would happen here. They in fact, like most of us, expected the Raptor to win handily. But instead, it just couldn’t chase down the mighty Duramax. The Chevy simply walks away right off the line and never looks back. And then it does it again. Granted, there are just a couple of caveats.

The Raptor is 100% stock, while the Chevy has two modifications – an Airaid intake and MBRP exhaust. But those are hardly barn burning power adders. The bigger problem (for the Raptor, at least) might be the fact that this test took place one mile above sea level, where naturally aspirated engines tend to give up more power than boosted powerplants. Still, the result here is impressive. And rather embarrassing for the much-hyped Ford.

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts.

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