Sunrise at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) in southeast California. Somewhere in that 85,000 acres of dirt, dust and desert, two fierce competitors—the Mopar RAM Runner and the Ford SVT Raptor—are poised to do battle on a punishing 4.73-mile loop. The winner? Mopar RAM Runner, by a full 33 seconds.
This was precisely the scene that played out not long ago when PickupTrucks.com and veteran SCORE International Off-Road Racing Series Trophy Truck driver Chad Ragland came together to test the off-road trucks in something they call “The Duel in the Desert.”
As noted, the Mopar RAM Runner bested the Raptor by running 33 seconds faster than the competition, earning it high praise from Ragland.
“I was impressed with RAM Runner’s extreme off-road capability,” said Ragland. “We jumped, slammed into mounds, cut through deep sand and it came out like a pro, rarely getting into the bumpstops or touching the skid plates.” Ragland added, “Those front-end shocks are amazing.”
You can read the complete story of RAM Runner’s victory and see video of the truck in action by following this link over to PickupTrucks.com.
To learn more about the Mopar RAM Runner kit, developed with input from successful Baja off-roader Kent Kroeker, head over to the Mopar website, which you can find by clicking here.
Congratulations to RAM Runner for coming out ahead!
Photo courtesy PickupTrucks.com