2017 Ford F150 Raptor: Lean, Mean, Dirt Machine!

February 6th, 2017 by

2017-ford-f150-raptor2017 Ford F150 Raptor: Lean, Mean, Dirt Machine!

When true off-roaders think about building their most capable competiton truck, they think of building a truck like the all-new 2017 Ford F150 Raptor. Designed with the DNZ of a Baja race truck, the new levels of capability, power and innovation found on the 2017 Raptor make it the ready to take on and conquer the toughest terrain out there!

From Track to Showroom

Ford has developed special racing versions of Raptor, both past and present. These trucks then compete in events such as the Best in the Desert Mint 400, where simply finishing the race is a feat unto itself. Ford uses these events and other types of tracing as a test lab for technology. They do this to prove out advancements in everything from suspension and chassis strength to power-trains. These innovations then migrate into Ford performance vehicles and eventually into the broader Ford lineup.


The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is six inches wider than the standard F-150 to help chassis stability when driving off-road. Raptor is available in two configurations

  • SuperCab 4×4, 5.5-ft box, 133-inch wheelbase
  • SuperCrew 4×4, 5.5-ft box, 145-inch wheelbase

Aggressively Chiseled Exterior

Raptor’s exterior style is inspired by the heritage of Ford off-road racing. This includes competitions such as the Best in the Desert, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and the Baja 1000. Raptor-specific exterior design cues include:

  • Up Front

    • Distinctive grille with carved “FORD” logo crossbar and integrated LED marker lamps that accentuate the truck’s  imposing stance
    • Functional heat extractors on the power dome hood to help lower underhood temperatures
    • Headlamps features a black surround for a tough appearance
    • Front performance bumper with two tow hooks and body-color upper fascia
    • Massive front skid plate is readily visible under the the front bumper and provides underbody protection for the engine and transfer case
  • Along the Side

    • Raptor-exclusive front and rear flared fenders also feature Raptor-specific wheellip moldings that help provide protections from off-road debris and create a sharp contrast to the body color
    • The running-boards are cast aluminum. They have a spray-on bedliner material. This provides slip resistance.
    • Functional heat extractors in the fenders help lower underhood temperatures.
    • Standard 17-inch cast aluminum wheels with painted pocket provide an aggressive look.
    • Available class-exclusive beadlock-capable 17-inch wheels allow for lower tire pressures,helping maximize traction when off road.
  • 2017-ford-f150-raptorAt The Rear

    • LED tail-lamps complement the tough appearance
    • Available Raptor-specific tailgate makes a bold and aggressive statement with the available Foundry finish trim and “FORD” embossing
    • Raptor-specific rear step bumper includes 2 integrated tow hooks and highlights the true dual exhaust

Built Ford Tough to Perform

The 2017 Ford F150 Raptor styling says “Let’s go conquer anything thrown at us!” This is no empty boast. Ford built Raptor  to a new level of tough from the ground up for ultimate off-road performance.

  • High-strength and fully boxed steel frame is purpose built for Raptor
    • Designed to be the strongest Raptor frame ever, with exceptional 70,000-psi strength.
    • Features more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor to enhance strength and durability while reducing weight
  • High-strength, military-grade aluminum-alloy body panels provide excellent resistance to dents and dings
    • Engineered reinforcement panels beneath the aluminum thus helping to withstand impacts
    • Not to mention, no red rust like steel
  • The combination of the all-new frame and aluminum-alloy body helps save more than 500 lbs of total vehicle weight
  • By the same token, the use of advanced materials is expected to improve the truck’s power-to-weight ratio for improved off-road agility.

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