2017 Ford Raptor F-150 is Ready to Rumble
Ford Motor Company has announced that the 2017 Raptor F-150 will compete in the Factory Stock class of the 2016 Best in the Desert racing series. This will allow the company to show that not only is the new Raptor Build Ford Tough – but it is tough enough to handle the rigors off off-road racing.
“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.
Per the rules of the class, the Raptor F-150 race truck will have the exact same 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that powers the street version – right down to the power-choking emission components – although they are allowed to add a Ford Racing dual exhaust setup.
The 10-speed automatic transmission and the advance four wheel drive systems will remain untouched as well, but the standard Raptor shocks and springs will be swapped out for more race-friendly units, which will also give the Raptor a bit more ground clearance. Finally, the only other “performance modification” made to the Raptor F-150 race trucks is a set of 17 inch beadlock wheels wrapped in street legal BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires.
In terms of safety upgrades, the 2017 Ford Raptor F-150 race truck will have lightweight race bucket seats with racing harnesses, a roll cage, a huge light bar, the necessary navigation/communication gadgets and a fuel cell.
The first racing action for this new Raptor F-150 comes in early February, when the truck heads to Parker, Arizona, for the first leg of the 2016 Best in the Desert series.