2017 Raptor Returning to the Baja 1000

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All-new 2017 F-150 Raptor

The 2017 Ford Raptor is a truck that is seemingly designed to run a race like the Baja 1000. Heck, it even has a Baja Mode on its multi-terrain select computer. So it really should come as now surprise to anyone that the new Raptor in the 49th SCORE Baja 1000.

Taking place November 16th through the 20th, the 2017 Raptor will be wheeled by Greg Foutz Motorsports for the purpose of platform validation and durability testing. The race truck is on display at the SEMA show in Las Vegas through the 4th, and has already proven itself in off-road racing through the Best in the Desert series.

The Raptor is not new to running the Baja 1000. The original Raptor participated in the 41st Baja 1000 back in 2008, where it finished third it its class. The Raptor has come a long way since then, and we’re expecting it to have another stellar outing.

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The grueling 631 mile off-road course is the ultimate test of durability, reliability, and performance. Ford has used the race to not only test the Raptor but the durability of other EcoBoost engines. While many Raptor customers won’t actually run a desert off-road race — many will be relegated to mall crawling duties — there will be some customers who really will push their new trucks to the limit, and Ford wants to make sure they stand up to the abuse.

We’ll be following the race and let you know how the Foutz team does!

Let us know what you think in the comments below or over in our forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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