The data from The Fast Lane Truck’s second Ike Gauntlet – Light Duty edition is in. Here is the summary of the results so you can see it all in one place. This extreme towing test saw the following two pickups: 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 4×4 Limited and 2013 Ram 1500 CrewCab 4×4 Sport.
This extreme test is designed to showcase how the trucks cope with towing a load, which is 85% or higher of their maximum tow rating, at high elevation and up a steep grade. The Ike Gauntlet is going down and up the eight mile stretch of interstate I-70 between the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnel and the town of Silverthorn. There is more than 2,000 feet of elevation change with an average 7% grade. The finish line is at 11,158 feet above sea level! And the total load on the trucks is nearly 8,000 lbs.
Light Duty Edition
|2014 Toyota Tundra||2013 Ram 1500|
|Model||CrewMax 4×4 Limited||CrewCab 4×4 Sport|
|As Tested $||$45,220||$54,355|
|Engine||5.7-liter V8 iForce||5.7-liter V8 HEMI|
|Transmission||6-speed Auto||8-speed Auto|
|Power (hp / lb-ft)||381 / 401||395 / 407|
|Tow Rating||9,600 lbs (4.30 axle)||10,000 lbs (3.92 axle)|
|Payload||1,410 lbs||1,330 lbs|
|Wheelbase||145.7 in||140.7 in|
|Test Load (trailer + ppl)||8,000 lbs||8,000 lbs|
|Down: Brake Temp (Front / Rear/ Trailer) F||574 / 504 / 165||594 / 520 / 86|
|Down: Transmission Temp||normal||normal|
|Up: Transmission Temp||normal||normal|
Stay tuned for Ike Gauntlet 2.0 – coming in November! What is Ike Gauntlet 2.0? We are raising the load and pushing the test over the extreme. Stay tuned!
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFLcar since 2011. When not working or spending time with the family – you can find him tinkering in the garage or simply ‘going for a drive’.