Mahindra Thar is currently one of the most affordable 4×4 SUV one can buy in India. It currently has a huge demand and the waiting period is almost an year. The SUV currently has no direct rivals in the segment and offers decent list of features and powerful engine options. Ford Endeavour is the flagship SUV from the American manufacturer and is one of the most popular SUV in the segment. It competes with Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster in the segment. Mahindra Thar and Ford Endeavour are both 4×4 SUVs but, they belong to two different categories. Here we have a video that shows these two SUVs in a drag race.
The video has been uploaded by HEAT 17 on their YouTube channel. The video shows both SUVs lined up on an empty stretch of road. Ford Endeavour seen here is powered by a 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine with automatic gearbox and the Mahindra Thar is powered by a 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine with manual gearbox.
The race is conducted in two rounds. In both the rounds, traction control on both the SUVs was switched off and the air conditioning was also turned off. The race starts and as traction control was turned On, there was not much of a wheelspin at the start. Both SUVs have a good start and both SUVs were fighting for the pole position. halfway through the stretch, Mahindra Thar takes the lead and maintains it throughout the race.
In second round, both SUVs line up at the starting point once again and just like in the first round, traction control was on and the air conditioning was turned off. The SUVs started the race and just like in the first round, both SUVs move off the line quickly and within few seconds Mahindra Thar overtakes Endeavour. Thar maintains the lead through out the race. Endeavour driver is seen trying hard to overtake Mahindra Thar but, all was in vain.
Mahindra Thar won both the rounds in the race but, how did that happen? Ford Endeavour is a lot more powerful and generated more power than a Mahindra Thar diesel. Ford Endeavour 2.0 turbocharged diesel engine generates 167 Bhp and 420 Nm of peak torque. 2.2 litre turbocharged diesel engine on the other hand generates 130 Bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque only. One of the factor that played in favour on Mahindra Thar is the weight. In comparison to Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Thar is a lot more lighter. Mahindra Thar is almost 650 kilograms lighter than Ford Endeavour and helps a lot during a drag race.
Another important factor is the power. Even though, Ford Endeavour had a more powerful engine. The increased weight did not help it during the race. On the other hand, Mahindra Thar had a less powerful engine but the lightweight body of the Thar helped it during the race. Mahindra Thar has a better power to weight ratio when compared with Endeavour. Both SUVs are good in their own segments. Ford Endeavour offers a lot more features and power whereas the Mahindra Thar is currently the most affordable 4×4 in the country.