2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Goes Off-Road Racing Before It Hits the Dealership [News]

2017 ford f-150 raptor off-road racing
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor off-road racer

The second generation Ford Raptor is going off-road racing in the 2016 Best in the Desert series. There is a new factory stock class, and the Raptor is entering with minimal race-ready modifications.

The race truck uses the production chassis, the Raptor-specific 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, 10-speed automatic transmission, and torque-on-demand 4×4 transfer case. Ford is still not releasing the official power output figures for the Raptor’s turbocharged V6. Still, race-goers will be able to hear the full sound of the new motor as it exhales through the production dual exhaust system.

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The race-specific Raptor modifications include:

  • Race-tuned three-inch-diameter Fox Racing Shox with external bypass all the way around.
  • Race-tuned front and rear springs that┬áprovide a lift for added ground clearance.
  • Roll cage.
  • MasterCraft off-road seats with five-point harnesses and window nets.
  • LED light bar up front, racing fuel cell, Lowrance GPS system, RacePak digital dash and data logger.

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Although the interior has many race-specific additions, the truck still has a mostly stock look and feel with the center stack, climate controls, and even a trailer backup assist.

The first race is this weekend (Fen 4 – 7th) in Parker Arizona. Here is the full 2016 Best in the Desert race schedule.

  • Parker 425, Parker, Arizona, Feb. 4-7
  • Mint 400, Las Vegas, March 10-14
  • 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

Here is the latest information about the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.