Quarter-mile van raceFebruary 10, 2019
The race of commercial vans was not as slow and boring as we expected, and the winner outperformed the other participants with a noticeable margin.
Today you will receive an answer to a question that may have tormented you long ago: which of the commercial vans is the fastest. The question may seem idle, as usually vans are compared in terms of capacity and economy, the purchase price and the cost of ownership. But it is boring – sometimes, for the sake of entertainment, you can afford to ask yourself more interesting questions without practicality.
Three popular long-base vans lined up on the starting line: Ford Transit, Volkswagen Crafter and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. By the way, soon Transit and Crafter as a result of a global agreement between Ford and Volkswagen will become, in fact, the same car with different logos on the grille. But while they are competitors, and we have every right to push their heads together.
All three “athletes” are equipped with 2-liter turbodiesels of approximately the same power. The Volkswagen Crafter has 177 hp, the Ford Transit has 170 hp and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has 163 hp. At the same time, the Sprinter is equipped with an automatic transmission, and the Transit is the only one of the three that only has front-wheel drive.
The race was more exciting than we expected. Thanks to the large torque of the turbo diesel engines, which peak at about 1,800 rpm, all the vans showed a very good time. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves and call the winner. We can only say that the result of the race was somewhat unexpected.
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