Watch A Ford Model T Out Flex A Jeep Wrangler [video]
In one of those “you have to see it to believe it” internet gems, we’ve come across something that shows how far we’ve come and how silly RTI competitions are. RTI stands for ramp travel index. It’s a score that’s comprised using a 20 or 30 degree ramp (sometimes steeper, but those are the most common). The goal is to make it as far up the ramp as you can, without putting air under a tire.
It’s a great way to see how your 4x4 articulates and usually a fun club or parking lot gathering activity. So, you can imagine the surprise of the local off-road club when a 1916 Model-T strolled up to its 20-degree ramp and laid down a score of 1,040. To put that in perspective, that’s farther than a stock Jeep Wrangler JK (two or four-door) can make it. Sure, we’d still rather have the JK in the dirt, but this goes to show that stock-for-stock, 100 years of technology doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll leave the ramp champ.