Ford F-150 Raptor Race: Best in the Desert

April 20th, 2016 by

2017 Ford F150 Raptor

There’s a roar in the desert! It’s the terrific sound of the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, running in the 2016 Best in the Desert off-road racing series’ new factory stock class.

The Ford F-150 Raptor race truck will leverage Raptor’s production platform including its all-new high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine and 10-speed transmission, along with torque-on-demand transfer case.

“The all-new Raptor has the DNA of a Baja race truck, with a purpose-built engine, chassis and suspension that enables it to travel fast over challenging desert landscapes or crawl over rocky terrain,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance. Putting the all-new Ford F-150 Raptor through this grueling stretch of races will help to prove how a truck born in the desert is even more prepared to conquer the very demanding terrain.

Production foundation: The purpose-built fully boxed frame of the all-new Raptor features more high-strength steel than the departing Ford F-150 Raptor. F-150 Raptor’s sculpted looks are reminiscent of Trophy Trucks – the fastest and most powerful class of off-road pickups. The Ford F-150 Raptor is six inches wider than the standard Ford F-150 for improved stability off-road.

The all-new race truck leverages the built-in capability and features of the production Raptor, including:

  • Torsen front differential boosts off-road capability further, significantly increasing grip for the front end and allowing the truck to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades – even when traction is split between the front tires
  • First-ever dual exhaust and new Ford Performance 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels with next-generation BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires enhance off-road performance

“This is the most stock truck I’ve ever seen in my time building Ford race trucks,” said Greg Foutz, owner of Foutz Motorsports, Ford’s truck builder and primary race truck driver. “Without custom technology or other modifications, this all-new Ford F-150 Raptor is ready to prove the toughness and performance in the Best in the Desert series.”

Technology to race smarter: F-150 Raptor is powered by Ford’s second-generation high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that produces more power with greater efficiency than the previous 6.2-liter V8 engine. It’s rated at 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost is a Raptor-exclusive in the Ford F-150 lineup and has been paired with an all-new 10-speed transmission for improved efficiency.

A new transfer case, which manages power distribution between the front and rear wheels, combines the best attributes of clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive with durable, mechanical-locking four-wheel drive to send power to the wheels in slippery conditions.

Dates and locations to catch Ford F-150 Raptor racing events this year are as follows:

  • Laughlin Desert Classic, Laughlin, Nevada, May 5
  • Vegas to Reno, Nevada, Aug. 17-20
  • Bluewater Challenge, Parker, Arizona, Sept. 10-Oct. 6
  • Pahrump Nugget 250, Pahrump, Nevada, Dec. 1-4

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