Behold the Only F-22 Raptor You Can Actually Take Home
No, a Raptor-fied Raptor isn’t silly, it’s absolutely freaking awesome and you must buy it.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will hold their yearly EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 24-30 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. As in recent years, the Ford Motor Company has produced a one-of-a-kind vehicle to support EAA’s youth aviation programs.
An “F-22 Raptor” will be auctioned on July 27 to benefit such programs, and if you’re thinking of the multi-billion dollar fighter plane — you’re wrong. Or, you’re right? Well, it’s complicated.
What you see here is an F-22-inspired Ford F-150 Raptor, which has been outfitted with modified a suspension, wheels, brakes and lighting elements. The stunning pickup also sports custom carbon fiber fender flares and other body components, plus a purpose-built sound system (whatever that means), and other interior modifications. According to the press release, such modifications were performed under the supervision of Ford design manager Melvin Betancourt.
“Ford’s support of EAA and AirVenture has allowed thousands of young people to discover, enjoy, and pursue aviation,” said Dave Chaimson, EAA’s vice president of marketing and business development. “The unique F-22 version of the tremendously popular Ford F-150 Raptor truck will be an enormously popular highlight of the Gathering of Eagles auction, and we’re very grateful for Ford’s support for our initiatives.”
Although not found on the event’s official truck announcement, Motor Trend claims the F-22 F-150 Raptor produces an additional 95 horsepower, for a total of 545 ponies.
“This F-150 Raptor is a new look at Ford’s tradition of building unique vehicles in support of EAA’s youth aviation programs,” Betancourt said. “We know this truck will create an unmatched buzz around this year’s Gathering of Eagles auction.”
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