The US automaker has decided to have another go at the legendary and grueling Baja 1000 off-road endurance race with an almost stock 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.
Ford and the Foutz Motorsports team have partnered for the event – and because the standard version is already a truly competent off-roader, the modifications were completed fast. They only had to install a safety cage, racing seats, puncture-resistant fuel cell, along with a full race harness and LED lighting. The model retains the stock springs and shocks, but they were only modified to take into account the added weight from the new kit. Four-time Baja 1000 winner Greg Foutz will be driving this F-150 Raptor which has the completely standard 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 packing 450 horsepower (335 kilowatts) and 510 pound-feet (691 Newton-meters) of torque – sent to the wheels using the new ten-speed automatic transmission.
The wheels and BFGoodrich K02 tires, as well as four-wheel-drive system with a torque-on-demand transfer case remain unchanged from the standard model. The automaker actually previewed this return because the vehicle comes with a Baja mode, which enables quicker gear shifts and a faster throttle response. It will then lock the transmission into high-ratio four-wheel drive, while the Advance Trac traction/stability is less prone to interventions. The Terrain Management System also includes the Normal, Sport, Weather, Mud/Sand, and Rock Crawl modes.