The second largest US automaker has a lot riding on the success of the new F-150 pickup truck, and thus is making sure every possible iteration will be covered in glory.
Or so they hope, because in motorsport glory only comes after taking home the top position prize – though arguably if you want to win the lottery you also have to buy the ticket. The said “ticket” to the prize appears to be the recently introduced 2017 F-150 Raptor hardcore version, which is now being taken out for some racing events. The automaker has officially presented the F-150 Raptor racing truck, tipped to compete in the 2016 Best in the Desert factory stock class, with the model being derived from the production model. As such it keeps using the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, making out at least 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. The powerplant has been mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system with a torque-on-demand transfer case.
While using the standard Raptor as the base, the race truck comes with needed modifications such as a reworked suspension using “race-optimized” Fox Racing Shox and new springs for even more ground clearance and a bigger compression rate. The cabin gets a roll cage and MasterCraft racing seats with five-point safety harnesses. The pilots also get nice amenities such as a RacePak digital dash, a Lowrance GPS navigation system, a racing fuel cell, and LED auxiliary lights. The 2017 F-150 Raptor race truck has also been tipped to compete in other events: Parker 425, Mint 400, Laughlin Desert Classic, Vegas to Reno, Bluewater Challenge and the Pahrump Nugget 250.