The ladies and gents over at Edmunds.com appear to be running out of sensible and conventional vehicle tests, so they pitted two leaf blowers against a Ford SVT Raptor and a Fiat 500. Though the clip they produced may be sensationalized a la the National Geographic Channel or History, there is a clear method to their madness: emissions. The seemingly off-the wall test yielded some very interesting results, which are detailed at 2:22 in the video.
The Raptor beat the Fiat and actually removed hydrocarbons that were in the air beforehand; the results thereafter were somewhat predictable: the four stroke leaf blower beat out the two stroke.
Once again, the test brings up a significant point: due to pretty stringent emissions controls even on the 411 bhp single cam V8 in the Raptor, the US is at no risk of turning into a massive, smog-veiled Los Angeles. Obviously LA has a few other factors such as a mountain range-induced inversion layer, but I think you catch my drift.
Check out the video after the jump.
– By: Sawyer Sutton