What can modern SUVs learn from America’s first car?
Sometimes new technology is the way to go, other times, we can learn from the old school. This 100 year-old Ford Model T shows us how good the first car to roam America’s streets is at tackling uneven terrain by conquering an RTI ramp. An RTI ramp tests axle flexibility and the Model T blows many new off-road vehicles out of the water by flexing its front and rear solid axles 20 degrees. In addition to the axles, a 10-inch ground clearance and 100-inches of wheelbase help the Model T pull off this impressive feat.
Part of the reason for the 1916 Model T’s off-roading ability is that at the time, most of America’s roads were unpaved, meaning that a stock version had to be designed with the expectation that it may never see pavement.