Tug-of-war contests between automobiles are pointless some may say, but not always. Sometimes, tug-of-war contests can highlight strengths and weaknesses of particular cars, or for that matter SUVs. And it can also highlight the various factors that come together to give a particular car an advantage over the other when it comes to traction and pulling power. Here is a Mahindra Thar 4X4 going up against a Toyota Fortuner 4X2. Watch the video below to see who wins.
The video has many interesting takeaways. But first let’s look at the specifications of the two SUVs that are locked in battle. The Toyota Fortuner – India’s best selling luxury SUV – uses a 2.8 litre GD turbodiesel engine with 177 Bhp of peak power and 420 Nm of peak torque.
The Mahindra Thar CRDe 4X4 is India’s best selling lifestyle SUV, and is powered by a 2.5 litre turbodiesel engine with 105 Bhp and 247 Nm. While the Fortuner weighs about 2,000 Kgs, the Thar weighs about 1,600 kilograms. Despite the higher weight, the Fortuner does have a significant power and torque advantage over the Thar.
Yet, the Thar manages to outdo the Fortuner in this particular tug-of-war contest. What gives?
Traction! The key detail here is that the Fortuner is a 4X2, which means that only the rear wheels are powered by the engine. On the other hand, the Thar has an old school 4X4 transfer case, which when activated makes sure that all four wheels get torque evenly. In 4X4 low, the Thar gets 550 Nm (peak torque multiplied by 2.2 times) of torque to play with, and this explains why the off roader is able to win the tug of way contest with the luxury SUV.
In such tug of war contests, tyres also play an important role. All-terrain tyres will offer more grip in slush and gravel or other slippery conditions than highway terrain tyres, which are more suitable for road use. Now, here’s one more video that will show you how much of a difference a four wheel drive transfer case makes in terms of traction and grip. Watch the video from 0:40, which shows a previous generation Fortuner 4X4 hold its own against a Thar 4X4. Yes, the 4X4 really makes a difference in specific situations.