Raptor Prerunner: Ultimate Desert-Dominating Daily

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Raptor Prerunner

This Raptor Prerunner is the perfect truck for V6-hating, sanctioned-desert racing, daily driving Ford fanatics.

Sure, the new Ford Raptor is highly touted as a suitable dual purpose vehicle. Where else can you buy a truck capable of blasting across the desert at 100 mph and then taking you home in comfort? But despite the newest Raptor’s insane capabilities, there are two problems with it. For one, it has a V6. Secondly, it doesn’t come fully race prepped, for obvious (legal) reasons.

Raptor Prerunner

The first problem isn’t really a problem, of course, unless you’re just decidedly old school. But if you want to actually race your truck off-road, you’ll need safety gear. And that’s where this 2014 Raptor Prerunner comes in. A whole bunch of cash ($80k+) went into making this first gen Raptor the ultimate desert runner/daily driver. And by the looks of things, the original owner succeeded on all fronts.

Raptor Prerunner

The Raptor Prerunner was enhanced with a custom tune, BBK intake and throttle body, headers, and a Magnaflow exhaust. But the real moneymaker here is the suspension, of course. An SVC “podium package” upgrades the already excellent factory bits, But Fox shocks still remain. Custom fabricated upper and lower control arms and Deaver springs keep things bouncy but controlled.

Raptor Prerunner

The exterior looks the business as well, with Fiberwerx bedsides and a one-piece hood. The blacked out beast sits on Method beadlock wheels and 37″ BFG Baja KR2 tires. Inside, it’s all business, with the requisite safety gear like a roll cage and five-point harnesses. And the bed is filled with race necessities like dual transmission coolers and fire extinguishers.

Raptor Prerunner

It’s quite literally everything you need to head out and do some sanctioned racing. And yet, tame enough to drive on the street every day. Better still, there are only 7,900 miles on the odometer (mostly road miles). And it’s available for just under the build cost at $79,888. What more could a V6 hating, desert lover want? Or need?

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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