Ford Raptor Goes Drifting Around the Nurburgring
Vaughn Gittin Jr. makes the Raptor hang its tail out on the legendary race circuit.
The Ford F-150 Raptor has several available operating modes that calibrate its various components and systems to best handle different types of terrain. You can set it to handle snow. There’s a mode for sand. There’s even one for fast Baja-style driving. There’s also a sport setting. However, the Raptor doesn’t have a drift mode.
That’s not a problem for professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. With his throttle and steering inputs, he can make the Raptor drift all he wants. In the above video shot at the Nurburgring in Germany, he states he originally intended to drift around the famous track in his bonkers Mustang RTR. Given that wet weather is in the forecast and Gittin thinks drifting in the rain is boring, he opts to take the massive Ford Raptor around the track “the fun way.”
To driftmaster Gittin, that means upsetting the big beast’s equilibrium and getting it to power slide its rear end around every turn. Luckily for him and us, there are plenty of those on the challenging circuit. Doing so requires a lot of quick wheel and hand shuffling (and nerves of steel), but Gittin pulls it off. The Raptor’s 450-horsepower/510-lb-ft 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 allows him to hit speeds of over 100 mph on the straights, which he then has to scrub off in time to set up for a turn, then take that as sideways as possible.
The Raptor is definitely not the kind of vehicle you’re used to seeing lap the Nurburgring. The whole idea of the hot lap is over the top, but in a strange way it fits the Raptor. The Raptor is meant to do crazy, fun things. Gittin is good at doing them. He is a professional, after all.