Ranger Raptor Club Goes Rallycross Racing: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday

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Several owners of high performance Ford Ranger pickups tear around a tight dirt track in the Philippines.

This week’s Truckin’ Fast Wednesday video comes to us from the Wheelhouse Lifestyle YouTube channel and it features a group of Ford Ranger Raptor pickups going rallycross racing in the Philippines. While we have featured a great many different forms of racing, this might be the first time that we have showcased stock pickups on a rallycross course and it is definitely the first time that we have seen a group of Ranger Raptors racing in the dirt.

The Introduction

While the details are in short supply, we know that this group of Ford Ranger Raptor owners participating in the first round of the Philippines RallyCross Series. We don’t have any details on any of the trucks, but we can see that some have aftermarket wheels and tires, and the one engine that we see appears to have an aftermarket air intake setup.

Ranger Raptor Rallycross

Fortunately, the Ranger Raptor doesn’t need any upgrades to efficiently play in the dirt and this club of high performance midsized pickup owners did a great job of representing the Ford brand.

Hitting the Track

The video begins with a look at the Ranger Raptor club lined up and heading onto the rallycross track for what appears to be a schooling lap. They are all driving slowly around the curvy dirt track, which isn’t how rallycross works, but as we get further into the footage, the real action begins.

Ranger Raptor Rallycross

Over the course of the four-minute video, we get to watch several different Ranger Raptors make a lap around the track. It looks as though most of the other vehicles on hand to race are compacts, but the midsized pickup does a nice job of cutting through the turns and tearing down the straights.

Ranger Raptor Rallycross

While we don’t have any idea how any of these Ford truck drivers finished in the event, the Ranger Raptor proves to be surprisingly nimble on the tight track. Best of all, towards the end of the video, one of the Rangers steps away from the action to help pull a stuck compact car to freedom, so the compact Raptor serves as a race vehicle and a support vehicle all-in-one.

Ranger Raptor Rallycross

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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