Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Truck and Trailer Added to the Fleet

Ali and I made some new acquisitions in the racecar towing department this off-season. We knew going into the Winter that our 2003 Dodge Dakota was not going to cut it for long-distance towing with a full-size worked for the kart, but the Camaro is just "slightly" heavier.

Here is the new rig:

The new tow vehicle and Ali's daily driver is a 2012 Ford F-150 Ecoboost SuperCrew 4x4. The Ecoboost engine is a 3.5L direct-injection twin-turbo V6 monster that sports big power (365HP @ 5000 RPM, 420ft-lb @2,500 RPM), V8-beating fuel economy, and great towing capacity (9,800 pounds). The torque delivery on this truck is very very smooth and it really does pull hard when get into the loud pedal. We towed with the new truck for the first time this past weekend and it performed very well especially in the hilly sections between Abilene and San Angelo (yes, there are hills in Texas).

Here is the ESP Camaro's new chariot:

My new trailer was made by The Trailer Shop in Dallas, TX. It was custom made to order and they have great customer service....they even served Ali and I fajitas at their friend's cookout when we went to pick the trailer up! The trailer is 18' long by 83" wide and fits the Camaro very nicely. The toolbox on the front runs the full width of the trailer and is 2' deep and 3' tall. It has locking doors on both ends which makes for easy loading. It's great for storing spare parts, tools, ratchet name it. With the 4' dovetail on the end of the trailer, the lowered Camaro and it's very low front air dam load with no problem.

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