How long would it take to drive to Mars?
Yea, that’s kind of a silly question. It’s not like there’s anywhere to pull over and go to the bathroom along the way.
But what if someone did build a few rest stops, and a road connecting them with a roof on it to contain an atmosphere with enough oxygen to run a 411 hp 6.2 liter V8?
According to Ford: 375 years.
That’s if, of course, if you’re in an F-150 SVT Raptor pickup truck going at its electronically limited top speed of 100 mph. So much for the 5 year, 60,000 mile warranty.
The automaker came up with that statistic during the creation of a cheeky infographic comparing what it bills as the ultimate off-road vehicle on Earth with what is about to become the most capable robotic rover to ever land on an extraterrestrial body.
Unfortunately, in their current form, a head-to-head matchup is unlikely. The Raptor wouldn’t work in the predominantly carbon dioxide atmosphere of Mars, and plutonium-fueled radioisotope thermoelectric power generators like Curiosity uses aren’t exactly DOT approved here.
But the real takeaway is that if you used SVT’s 200 mph Mustang Shelby GT500 instead, you could make the trip in Just 187.5 years.
Just remember to bring lots of coffee along for the ride. It may be called Starbucks, but there aren’t any stores up there just yet.
At least none that we know of.