Ford F-150 Raptor Flies Over Paved Surfaces: Freaky-Ford Friday

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Hard landing on the paved road is no issue for the F-150 Raptor suspension package.

This week’s Freaky-Ford Friday video comes to us from the YouTube channel of scott mathis and it features a Ford F-150 Raptor showing off its jumping abilities and high performance suspension. The internet is chock full of footage of the high performance half-ton jumping in sand, dirt and mud, including videos from the Motor Company, but this is a series of clips showing the Raptor taking to the air and slamming down on paved surfaces.

Flying Raptor

In the video above, a new Ford F-150 Raptor is taking to the skies with what the fine print claims is a professional driver working out on a closed course. The truck is shown catching air at a few different locations, including what appears to be a railroad crossing and a simple rise in the pavement in the middle of an intersection.

Ford F-150 Raptor Railroad Jump

In each short clip, the F-150 hits the jump with a little more speed, catching a little more air and traveling a bit further each time. The last jump is the best, with the Raptor flying low over the ground for a good 50 to 60 feet before slamming down on the other side. While this certainly isn’t good for the truck, it looks like the high performance F-150 has no issue taking the abuse being handed out.

F-150 Raptor Lift Off

Don’t Try This at Home

While it says that this flying F-150 action was filmed on a closed course, this high-flying fun appears to be on public roads out in the middle of nowhere. There is nothing in the background shy of the occasional vehicle passing by, but this is the kind of activity that we suggest that you do not try at home.

F-150 Raptor Long Flight

Sending a truck into the air like this can easily destroy the suspension, wheels and tires of an average half-ton truck, but more importantly, if one of the other vehicles turned in front of this F-150, the driver would have a hard time stopping before a violent impact. It isn’t a good idea, but we all know how much fun this must have been to film and it is almost as much fun watching the Raptor show off the durability of its chassis bits.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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