Line up any two comparable vehicles, and eople are going to want to race them. Need proof? In its latest track battle, Auto Express wants to know which commercial vehicle can lap a circuit faster – a Ford Transit or Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Let's face it, neither of these European vans were ever meant to be near the track unless they are delivering a racecar and a ton of parts for a fun weekend, but it's massively fun to watch them give it a go anyway.

The one thing that Auto Express really illustrates here is the modern marvel that is stability control. The driver hops curves, and these big vans lean in the corners like your friend walking home from a long night at the bar. However, because of the amazing stability systems, the vans mostly keep all of their wheels planted and never seem close to getting sloppy, despite their behemoth size.

Unfortunately, the two vans aren't exactly fairly paired. The Ford has a dual rear axle and a few other advantages over the Mercedes, but it's still hilarious to watch them go. Even better, the host breaks down everything happening behind the wheel like these commercial vehicles were two Porsches. Enjoy watching this very unorthodox battle between Ford and Mercedes.


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      johnb
      • 4 Months Ago

      What surprised me was how sedate the driver was, though it sounded like he was genuinely having fun in that Transit. 

      Brett Red-Dog Evans
      • 4 Months Ago

      That was about as much fun as any other track battle I've seen.  There's nothing as entertaining to me as a big, giant anachronism.

      Leather Bear
      • 4 Months Ago

      Van lap times are about as important a metric as whether a 911 can hold more 4x8 sheets of plywood than an F-Type (great fun to watch nonetheless!).

      ken
      • 4 Months Ago

      Wait until you see a 283 hp Grand Caravan with a 17 year old driver. 

      Joe Liebig
      • 4 Months Ago

      To be fair, the Sprinter can be had with 187 horses and 440 Nm.

      The Transit (in Europe, where tested) cannot be ordered with more than 155 horses.


        BenRoethig
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Joe Liebig

        Thankfully that part was fixed for North America.  I'd love to see this tried again with the EcoBoost version.

      Bernard
      • 4 Months Ago

      "The Ford has a dual rear axle"

      Unless dual rear axle means something else, I'm not seeing that in this video. The Ford only has 6 wheels not 8.

        vulnox
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        Seems fine to me, he said it has "A" (singular) "dual rear axle" (again, singular).  Meaning a dual capacity rear axle, so four wheels per axle.  If they had said "The Ford has dual rear axles", then I would expect to see a set of axles on the back.
        I imagine it is the phrase used where in the US it seems more common for someone just to say it is a "Dually".
      r_dezi
      • 4 Months Ago

      They could've added a third van like the ProMaster.

      Master Austin
      • 4 Months Ago

      His slouching is going to earn him a humpback early on in life...

      TheFoeYouKnow
      • 4 Months Ago

      Should have tested the American version.  We've got the 3.5L EcoBoost.

        Jarda
        • 4 Months Ago
        @TheFoeYouKnow

        And here we go again: "Oh wait, there's world outside of US?"

      gary
      • 4 Months Ago

      Imagine the lap time the Transit with the GDI ecoboost V6 could do!


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