The Fast Lane Truck takes its testing procedures very seriously. So when some of the members on the TFL Forum recently pointed out some potential errors in the results from the 2016 Ram Power Wagon’s Ike Gauntlet run, we went back to the raw footage to find out exactly what was going on. Indeed, it turned out the uphill run time and fuel economy numbers were not accurately recorded during the test. This had a significant impact on the truck’s final score.
Luckily for fans of the Power Wagon, the actual time was better than previously stated. After scrutinizing the footage from multiple camera angles, it was determined the truck ran the Ike in 8 minutes flat and achieved 2.8 miles per gallon. The corrected final results are:
Uphill time: 8:00 minutes
Uphill mpg: 2.8
Downhill brake applications: 2
Subjective average score: 20
Total Score: 77 points
Watch the corrected video below to see the Power Wagons’s run along with a complete explanation of how the Ike Gauntlet scoring system works. Everyone at TFL would like to thank the diligent viewers who pointed out the mistake so we could provide an accurate score. As an added bonus, we recently caught up with Nick Cappa of Ram Trucks and got a thorough explanation of why a diesel is not offered in the Power Wagon (it’s more than just a weight issue)… watch that explanation at 2:00 into this video. You can also see the reveal of the 2017 Power Wagon from the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, including an awesome demonstration of the truck’s capabilities, here.