‘The Stig’ Races a Raptor Up the Goodwood Hill Climb Course
As half-ton trucks built for off-roading go, the Raptor did a nice job of racing up the legendary British course.
This week’s “Truckin’ Fast Wednesday” video comes to us from the Ford Europe YouTube channel and it features a current generation F-150 Raptor participating in the 2016 Goodwood Hill Climb. While this event is designed for the world’s greatest road-racing machines to do what they do best, and the Raptor is engineered to best do what it does in the dirt, this big F-150 really gets around the curvy course nicely.
Mind you, the truck is being driven by one of the world’s greatest test drivers, Ben Collins, the man who was unmasked as “The Stig” from the original Top Gear series is working his magic behind the wheel.
Goodwood Hill Climb
Each year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is held at the Goodwood House in West Sussex, England, showcasing some of the world’s most legendary vehicles in a format that makes it a bucket list item for any automotive enthusiast. The centerpiece of the festival is the Hill Climb, with competitors racing up the narrow driveway of the estate one at a time to see who can turn in the best time.
At first, the event was restricted to vehicles that would normally participate in this kind of on-road race, but over time, we have seen different types of vehicles in the field. This includes a variety of SUVs and trucks, including the modern Ford F-150 Raptor. While Ford certainly knew that the 450-horsepower pickup with off-road tires would make a real run at the win, Goodwood allowed the Motor Company to showcase the on-road performance of their off-road-ready half-ton.
Slippin’ and Slidin’
The Subaru Impreza race car that turned in the fastest lap at the 2016 Goodwood Hill Climb stopped the clock at just over 46 seconds. We don’t have an official time for the Raptor, there is no question that Collins is pushing the big truck as hard as he can. Based on the timing of the video, this run takes a little over a minute, which isn’t bad for a big truck competing against small cars, especially with the big burnout at the start of the run.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!