Ram TRX Drag Racing Owner One Ford Flex Was Up For A Surprise
The Ford Flex is considered by many to be a simple people mover. However, there are a few people who are aware of the performance gains to be made from their twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. David Dekard, is one of them, and we can see his series-like Flex keeping pace with the mighty Ram 1500 TRX in a drag race.
While digging, Self-evolution was able to get more information about Dekard’s Flex, and what they found was impressive. In stock, a 2010 Flex like the one from Dekard would have produced 355 hp (360 PS / 265 kW) and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) of crank torque. That’s about 20% transmission loss with all-wheel drive, which translates to around 284 hp (288 PS / 212 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) at the wheels.
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However, with Dekard’s modifications, which include an upgraded intake and exhaust, upgraded turbos, a methanol injection system, and a melody, those numbers reach 397 hp (403 PS / 296 kW) and 450 lb-ft ( 610 Nm) of torque. to the wheels. For comparison, the TRX produces 702 hp (711 hp / 523 kW) and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque at the crank, or about 561 hp (568 hp / 418 kW) and 520 lb-ft (705 Nm) of torque to the wheels using the same calculations. Keep in mind, however, that the Ram weighs over 680 kg (1,500 lbs).
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On the actual race, Dekard in the Flex got the jump over the driver of the TRX, which is likely the result of better reaction time rather than a false start. He shot the TRX and managed to maintain that lead throughout the race. Had the two pilots had a similar start, it still looks like the Flex would have always been at least neck-to-neck with the TRX, which is hugely impressive. You can experience the race for yourself in the video below.