Ford plans to put the 2017 F-150 Raptor to the test by entering the off-road pickup in a series of race events this year.
A race version of the new generation truck that features an aluminum body instead of steel will compete in the 2016 Best in the Desert off-road racing series' new factory stock class.
The Raptor race truck, like the production truck, has Ford's new high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and new 10-speed transmission as well as a 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 Raptor through this grueling stretch of races will help demonstrate how a truck born in the desert is even more prepared to take on the very toughest of terrain.ï»¿
â€‹Modifications to the F-150 Raptor race truck include race-optimized front and rear springs for better ground clearance and a custom-made roll cage and seats with five-point harness safety belts and window nets.
The 2017 Raptor will be built at the Dearborn Truck Plant and goes on sale this fall. The Raptor is 6 inches wider than the standard F-150 for greater stability.