Ford F-150 Raptor Impresses at Brutal Baja 1000 Race

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

2017 Ford F-150 RaptorFord showed the world the best its engineering team has to offer at the iconic Baja 1000. Using a customized Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford Performance raced this iconic pickup in one of the most brutal off-road races in the world. Covering more than 850 miles of jagged rocks, sand, and dirt, the new Raptor blew a majority of the competition away.

The Ford F-150 Raptor is a special off-road edition available to those who love to hit the dirt trails, snowy peaks, and rocky terrain. According to Ford, this model comes with an aluminum build, four-wheel drive, a Torque-On-Demand transfer case, 3-inch FOX racing shocks, and more. Plus, with an available 6.2-liter V8 under the hood you get 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.

“We’re completely thrilled at how well the all-new F-150 Raptor performed throughout the Baja 1,000 race as it’s one of the most brutal environments you can ever compete in,” said Jamal Hameedi, head of Ford Performance. “Having race-proven, real-world performance experience and data to validate – further solidifies Ford’s truck leadership position and Raptor as the ultimate from-the-factory high-performance off-road truck.”

For the Baja 1000, Ford tuned a special version of the Raptor; however, the team didn’t need to add much. The additions included a roll cage, puncture-resistant fuel cell, racing seats, and racing harnesses. All of these were to meet safety standards for the race—otherwise, the model was pure Raptor. Scoring third in the stock class competition, the Raptor finished the race in an impressive 35:59:08.

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