Mopar Ram Runner beats the Ford SVT Raptor heads up
PickupTrucks.com took the Ram Runner and the SVT Raptor to the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) in California, bringing along veteran SCORE International Off-Road Racing Series Trophy Truck racer Chad Ragland. The team put together a 4.73 mile course that took the two trucks through a brutal off-road layout that featured everything from ruts and jumps of various sizes to some higher speed areas, with Ragland tearing through the desert terrain while being timed. In the end, the Ram 1500 turned Mopar Ram Runner claimed the title at the Duel in the Desert with a time of 6 minutes and 25 seconds – 33 seconds better than the time turned in by the SVT Raptor F150.
The Mopar Ram Runner was at its best in the worst conditions, with the modified Ram 1500 besting the Raptor by 10 seconds in the first stage which was named “Ruts and Jumps” while beating the Raptor by an impressive 24.8 seconds in the final stage named “Final Bumps”. On the other hand, the Ford SVT Raptor F150 was the better truck in areas that required more handling capacities and all-out speed (although not by very much), with the Raptor beating the Ram Runner in the second stage named “From Road to Wash” by just one tenth of a second and besting the Ram in the third stage named “River Wash Run” by 1.6 seconds. Each truck was taken through the course four times and Ragland turned in his best times of the day in both trucks during the final lap – with the Ram Runner turning in a best lap that was 33 seconds faster than the Raptor’s best lap.