Ford F-150 SVT Raptor proves itself

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor proves itself

Ford SVT Raptor s

When Ford developed the F-150 SVT Raptor R, it wanted to be sure that it could offer fantastic off-road performance. So Ford entered a modified version of the truck into the Baja 1000, confident that the race-ready Raptor could hold its own in the endurance competition. The plan was to finish the race and prove the vehicle was a true off-road competitor. The SVT Raptor not only crossed the finish line, but it finished third in the Class 8 division. This is especially impressive considering the Raptor is built for the lower-level Stock Full class in which it couldn’t compete because the production version is not yet for sale.

Considered one of the toughest off-road races in the world, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R race truck that participated in the Baja 1000 was a collaboration between the Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT), Ford Racing, and Foutz Motorsports Inc.

“We engineered the F-150 SVT Raptor to be the best high-speed off-road performance truck available right off the showroom floor, and finishing the Baja 1000 proves this,” stated Jamal Hameedi, SVT’s Chief Nameplate Engineer. “Now we need to analyse all the engineering data from the race and apply lessons learned to the production truck, ensuring that the truck delivered to customers exceeds their expectations.”

Prepared for racing in long distance off-road endurance events, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R uses stock components of F-150 SVT Raptor, including the transmission, brakes and axles. The frame – the part of the truck that will take the most stress – is the same fully boxed frame that delivers strong towing and hauling in the all-new 2009 Ford F-150 that went on sale in October. The Raptor race truck is powered by a specially-calibrated version of the available 6.2-litre V-8 engine, making 500-horsepower.

Will be a while before we see the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor down here in NZ, but now we know it might just be capable of dealing with our tough off-road conditions.

Ford SVT Raptor s

When Ford developed the F-150 SVT Raptor R, it wanted to be sure that it could offer fantastic off-road performance. So Ford entered a modified version of the truck into the Baja 1000, confident that the race-ready Raptor could hold its own in the endurance competition. The plan was to finish the race and prove the vehicle was a true off-road competitor. The SVT Raptor not only crossed the finish line, but it finished third in the Class 8 division. This is especially impressive considering the Raptor is built for the lower-level Stock Full class in which it couldn’t compete because the production version is not yet for sale.

Considered one of the toughest off-road races in the world, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R race truck that participated in the Baja 1000 was a collaboration between the Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT), Ford Racing, and Foutz Motorsports Inc.

“We engineered the F-150 SVT Raptor to be the best high-speed off-road performance truck available right off the showroom floor, and finishing the Baja 1000 proves this,” stated Jamal Hameedi, SVT’s Chief Nameplate Engineer. “Now we need to analyse all the engineering data from the race and apply lessons learned to the production truck, ensuring that the truck delivered to customers exceeds their expectations.”

Prepared for racing in long distance off-road endurance events, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R uses stock components of F-150 SVT Raptor, including the transmission, brakes and axles. The frame – the part of the truck that will take the most stress – is the same fully boxed frame that delivers strong towing and hauling in the all-new 2009 Ford F-150 that went on sale in October. The Raptor race truck is powered by a specially-calibrated version of the available 6.2-litre V-8 engine, making 500-horsepower.

Will be a while before we see the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor down here in NZ, but now we know it might just be capable of dealing with our tough off-road conditions.

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