We’ve seen a Toyota Tundra tow a space shuttle, but smaller pickups have quite a bit of towing power, too. In a new video, Ford’s European division shows the new Ranger towing 15 camper trailers at the same time.
The Ranger towed a convoy weighing a total of 20 metric tons, or 44,093 pounds—more than five times the official tow rating for the pickup. The Euro-spec Ranger has a 2.0-liter diesel engine and a towing capacity of up to 3,500 kg (7,716 pounds). For the experiment, Ford reinforced the campers (or caravans, as they’re called in the U.K.) with steel frames and put tow bars in the front and rear. Even going beyond the weight, the sheer length of the convoy is pretty extraordinary. The video shows an Audi passing the near-328-foot convoy on a two-lane road, although we’re not sure why they didn’t use a Mondeo or something, aside from the chance to make Audi drivers look like impatient jackasses. For obvious safety reasons, the film was shot on a closed circuit at the Millbrook Proving Ground in the U.K.
U.S. customers get a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder gas engine as the only option; the diesel shown in this video won’t be available. Our Ranger has a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds, putting it ahead of other midsize competitors save for the upcoming Jeep Gladiator. See the Euro-spec Ford Ranger pull off an impressive towing stunt: