The New Ford F-150 Raptor Is Going to Best in the Desert Off-Road Race

02/03/2016 16:38:58
The New Ford F-150 Raptor Is Going to Best in the Desert Off-Road Race
Ford is sending out its 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor to do battle in the new “factory stock class” division of the “Best in the Desert” off-road racing series this year.

Ford plans to put the 2017 F-150 Raptor to the test by entering the off-road pickup in a series of race events this year.

A race version of the new generation truck that features an aluminum body instead of steel will compete in the 2016 Best in the Desert off-road racing series' new factory stock class.

The Raptor race truck, like the production truck, has Ford's new high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and new 10-speed transmission as well as a torque-on-demand transfer case.

“The all-new Raptor has the DNA of a Baja race truck, with a purpose-built engine, chassis and suspension that enables it to travel fast over challenging desert landscapes or crawl over rocky terrain,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance.

Putting the all-new Raptor through this grueling stretch of races will help demonstrate how a truck born in the desert is even more prepared to take on the very toughest of terrain.

​Modifications to the F-150 Raptor race truck include race-optimized front and rear springs for better ground clearance and a custom-made roll cage and seats with five-point harness safety belts and window nets.

The 2017 Raptor will be built at the Dearborn Truck Plant and goes on sale this fall. The Raptor is 6 inches wider than the standard F-150 for greater stability.

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