Raptors are birds that hunt and feed on other animals – and in the world of technology they do have their mechanical counterparts, such as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor or the Ford F-150 Raptor.
The first one is of course a United States Air Force stealth fighter aircraft, one of the most advanced of the world, while the latter is bringing full off-road traits to the most iconic truck of America – the F-Series. This year, just like any other, Ford is building another special model to be auctioned with all proceeds going to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) youth aviation programs. The bespoke Blue Oval will be auctioned on July 27 at the annual EAA Gathering of Eagles. EAA decided to ditch the usual Mustang and go for the new F-150 Raptor – sharing the connection this time with a contemporary fighter, the F-22 Raptor.
The one of a kind F-150 Raptor carries the styling signature of Ford design manager Melvin Betancourt – but it also comes with added oomph to match its aerial counterpart when off-roading. The 3.5-liter V6 engine gets a Whipple intercooler as well as other upgrades, enabling 95 horsepower more for a total of 545 hp. Engineering was done via the Ford Performance Team and also includes beefier suspension and brakes, a roof-mounted light bar and new set of alloys.