The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport are some of the most popular SUVs currently on sale in India today. So what happens when the Brezza and the EcoSport clash in a drag race?. The video below by the Dream Cars Youtube channel sees the diesel-powered versions of the two SUVs clash in a set of drag races.
The first race sees the Vitara Brezza get off the line faster compared to the EcoSport and the Maruti SUV manages to build up a huge gap by the time the race comes to an end. In the second race, which occurs after a driver change, the EcoSport manages to give the Brezza a better fight, but the Maruti eventually manages to win the race at the end. So what could be the reasons for the more powerful Ford (98.6 Bhp-215 Nm) losing to the Brezza which only has 89 Bhp and 200Nm on tap?
The Maruti Vitara Brezza diesel weighs in at 1,195 kilogrammes which is 125 kilos lighter than the Ford EcoSport which hits the scales at 1,320kgs. This massive difference in weight ensures that the Brezza can match the Ford with both SUVs outputting a power to weight ratio of around 74.5 Bhp/tonne.
2) DOHC vs SOHC Engine
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza features a dual-overhead-cam engine (DOHC) which has one camshaft operating the intake valves and the other doing the same for the exhaust valves. Ford, meanwhile, uses a more old-school single overhead cam engine (SOHC) which only uses a single camshaft to operate both intake and exhaust valves. The Maruti’s Fiat-sourced DOHC engine revs faster allowing the driver to access the power band quicker than on the Ford.
Also, the Brezza’s engine uses a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) compared to the EcoSport’s fixed geometry turbo (FGT) unit. The VGT spools up faster compared to the FGT unit, which helps reduce turbo lag, allowing the Brezza’s drivers to get on the boost faster every time they push down the accelerator pedal.
However, there is one thing to note here, which all drivers should avoid no matter which car they are driving. These drag races were conducted on public roads, which is both irresponsible and illegal and should be avoided at all costs, no matter the result.