Ford Model T proves supremacy over present SUVs at off-road test

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 27, 2016

Have you ever heard of the saying “oldies but goodies”? Well, here’s one that’s worth a “#throwback” moment on every news and social networking site.

Most probably, this generation has never seen a Ford Model T roaming the streets of New York or traversing through uncharted terrains. You would probably see this vehicle only in museums or if you’re lucky (and wealthy), in your grandpa’s shed. So it’s quite a stir when there is a sighting of the more than a century old Ford Model T up and about and in good condition.

It’s not only in good condition but a Ford Model T been doing some rounds kicking SUV butts as it is out and about showing off its unprecedented off-road prowess. It’s either Ford must’ve done something good in his past life or the owner of the Ford Model T must’ve done a good job in maintaining this century-old vehicle because this particular Model T is seriously beating new generation competition.

The first car that has roamed the unpaved streets of America has yet again wowed us by conquering an RTI ramp in one event. The RTI ramp basically tests the axle flexibility of a vehicle and the Model T has blown us and new off-road vehicles away as it conquers the RTI ramp without breaking a sweat. It effortlessly flexed its front and rear solid axles to about 20 degrees up the ramp. Moreover, its 10-inch ground clearance and 100-inch wheelbase also came in handy to pull off this unbelievable feat.

Upon proving its worth on the RTI ramp and kicking new generation SUVs’ butts, Ford’s Model T demonstrates that quality and genius know no bounds. It effortlessly made its way up the ramps even with its age and have shown us that age is just a number. It’s one of Ford’s most historical vehicles and one of its best in the off-roading scene. We’re hoping though that Ford will build a model similar to the Model T that would transcend generations with its amazing ability.

History

The Model T was manufactured in the late 1908 until early 1927. It was powered by a four-cylinder, four-cycle internal combustion gasoline engine with a cast-in-bloc and three crank main bearings as well as an “L” head with two side valves per cylinder all of which were splash lubricated and water cooled.

It had an engine displacement of 2.9 liters and was able to produce about 20 to 22 bhp. The Model T can cruise at about 35 to 45 mph depending on the terrain.

At the time it was sold, the Model T was priced at approximately $550 and was the best vehicle to drive especially on the unpaved streets of America during that time. It was designed to tackle the uneven terrains of America and was probably expected to never see the dawn of paved streets.

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