Mustangs are built for speed. Body lines and the designs of the hoods/upper decks are considered. Look at those cars/trucks that run out on the salt flats.
All it would take is just a small uncorrected under-draft and ANY vehicle can go airborn.
Ranger trucks are not at all designed to be ' aero dynamic '. Even with extra nose weight. Sure it will help some, but 160mph? 185mph?
The engine is quite capable of making the energy needed to achieve such speeds, but the rest of the truck needs to stay on the ground in order to get there.
Check this out..
Volvo lookin at basic aerodynamics for fuel efficiency. Reducing drag.
Dodge Viper being done by A2.
They masked off half the air intake areas on the front of the car and created additional air-damming.
Take a good look at this thing..
The rear is done nicely. 9inch with double adjustments on coils. Not much better out there for a drag vehicle. But the front? Its probably built for weight transfer as hes running welds with slicks out back. More then likely a 90/10 setup with Leads on the frame somewhere near the rear axle for balancing the launch. Its a coil setup. Basic xlt ( similar to what I'm going for ). No body work at all. Its 100% stock.
Ever drove down a highway at 75mph into a headwind and been moved around? A 4x4 ranger would have more weight then this truck and I bet MANY people lookin at this have been ' moved around ' by forces under 100mph additivly.
Even lowered so my front cross member sits right around 7 inches off the ground, at 110, things get loose. With brand new balljoints , T-bars and tires, things get iffy. 120 it gets a lot worse. By 130, you better pray your going in a very straight line , no wild winds come up and theres no potholes.
These trucks are just NOT aerodynamic. The F150 Lightnings had trouble at 150 with winds and theres quite a few on the road making 600+hp/TQ numbers out there. They also had a better weight distribution/advantage then a Ranger.
Correction to my comments..
Hes saying this truck will go 185mph at 3400rpm's. I'm sure the engine is capable of making the energy, but the truck won't be on the ground.
140ish on a good day.
This is another reason why I'm going after my own suspension. I can launch and get going, but once that 110mph mark is hit, smaller/more aero friendly cars just walk way. I'm sure my engine has enough energy to go for more.. its only a switch and a 'noid away on the top end of a higher gear, but it won't stay on the ground.