One of the things the folks at Carwow are best known for is its drag races. But this time around, it's taking a break from all the runway action for a tug-of-war match. For this round, it's all about full-sized American pick-ups, namely the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, and the Ram pick-up. The trio also represents the three ways you can power these load-luggers.
Representing the traditional, large-capacity V8 petrol engine is the Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Z71. Mind you, Carwow brought the previous generation for this test. That means it has the 6.2-litre L86 V8 that's good for 420 bhp (313 kilowatts) and 460 pound-feet (624 Newton-metres) of torque. It has a factory towing capacity of up to 5,667 kilograms (12,500 lbs).
Waving the flag for turbo power is the previous-generation Ford F-150 Raptor. The Raptor's 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 punches out 450 bhp (340 kilowatts) and 510 pound-feet (690 Newton-metres) of torque; the same one used in the current model. The towing capacity is rated at 3,629 kilograms (8,000 pounds). That figure is significantly less than the standard model's 5,987-kilogram (13,200-pound) capacity. It should be interesting to see if the Raptor can overcome that disadvantage.
The final contender here is the Ram pick-up, and Carwow managed to get the current generation for the match. Specifically, it's the 3500 model with the high-output version of the 6.7-litre, inline-six turbodiesel. The lone diesel representative packs 420 bhp (313 kilowatts) and 1,075 pound-feet (1,458 Newton-metres) of torque. Because of all that torque, its towing capacity is easily the best of the trio at 16,824 kilograms (37,090 lbs).
The pulling match between the Silverado Z71 and F-150 Raptor was closer than expected despite the latter's towing capacity disadvantage. However, the Ram 3500's torque meant it could effortlessly drag either truck in the match. So to spice things up a bit, Carwow hooked up both the Silverado and F-150 to the Ram to see if it can still win. We won't spoil the rest of the video for you, but we'll say the Ram put up a fight.