[cc] 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor First Drive: Racing in the Borrego Desert
Proudly Closed Captioned. Adam Barrera at highmileage.org reviews the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor desert racer and places it in the context of its competition. 24x7: http://twitter.com/highmileage
Back in 2006, fast street trucks were declining in popularity -- but off-road sports were growing.
Ford's Special Vehicle Team -- made a decision. Their top-secret fast truck project would meet a niche need.
There hasn't been a factory-built desert race truck -- until now.
This -- is the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Every vent carved into the lightweight sheet-molded composite hood and fenders -- works to cool components during race conditions.
Though the Raptor is seven inches wider than a normal F-150, the Raptor's off-road gear weighs only 200 pounds more than a similarly equipped FX4.
Precision-built specialty parts from innovative suppliers make the Raptor a rolling showcase of the best desert-conquering technology.
Eck Industries once supplied lightweight engine blocks for the Ford GT supercar. Now, they supply textured running boards designed to redirect rocks aimed at the Raptor's rear fenders.
Special tread blocks, belt angles, and belt plies help the custom BF Goodrich tires traverse mud and snow.
But the Raptor's best technology is hidden behind each wheel. Its advanced long-travel suspension was engineered just hours north of the legendary Baja 1000 race.
Mountainbike innovator Fox Racing Shox uses a patented series of internal check valves to provide low amplitude damping on asphalt, and more rugged rates during severe service..
The oil inside just one Fox Racing shock costs more than an entire conventional shock assembly. Each shock is rendered in precision-machined aircraft aluminum with anodized blue accents.
These state-of-the-art shocks are manufactured in California and shipped to Michigan for installation in each SVT Raptor.
Off-roaders -- have a love and hate relationship with technology. Electronic assistants are notorious for diluting imperative raw feel off-road.
The Raptor has its share of gadgetry, but SVT worked to give drivers complete control over the Raptor's electronics.
An "Off-Road Mode" button recalibrates the Engine Control Unit, transmission shift points, and anti-lock braking algorithms to sharpen the truck off-road -- instead of dulling its responses.
If you consider stability control to be a fun-governor, don't worry -- it can be fully defeated by holding one button.
The rear differential can be electronically locked in Two High, Four High, and Four Low modes -- to top speed. No other off-roader has that capability.
Four pre-wired auxiliary toggle switches complete the Raptor's smart suite.
The Raptor's most alluring victory is its everyday livability. A truck with this level of capability should not be streetable, but it is -- and it's an overachiever.
In tight paved corners, the Raptor's steering rack delivers delicious metallic feedback directly from the steering fork and front suspension.
It's a sensation I can only compare to shifter karts and the 1992 Suzuki Swift GTi. You have to drive this truck to understand.
Its fashion-forward interior is rendered in auspicious textures and colors. Each panel is assembled to tolerances that European brands sometimes can't achieve.
Ford's SVT Raptor isn't just a design story, a rock crawler, or a quick truck.
Because the Raptor is so versatile, it's validating for muddy Bronco owners and supercharged Lightning fans alike.
Stay tuned for an in-depth review. I'm Adam at highmileage.org.
Raptor SVT Blue Thunder
The 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, available at Metro Ford Sales Ltd in the
summer of 2009. The walk around video presentation showcases some of the
unique features of this amazing truck. more details available at
F150 Raptor SVT
This is a 2010 Ford F150 Raptor that was engineered by Ford's Special
Vehicle Team and Fox Racing Shox.
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Off Road Mode, and a lot more!
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Off-Road Warrior! - 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor First Drive
Senior Editor Edward Loh drives Ford's newest addition to the F-150 family,
the SVT Raptor. But this baja-ready truck is unlike any other F-150 ever
Read the story here:
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
The first one delivered in NY, 2010 SVT Raptor in Tuxedo Black. This thing
is a BEAST !
Ford F-150 Raptor - On Land, Through Water, In the Air - Kelley Blue Book
With a wide stance, increased horsepower and a custom
suspension designed to absorb the abuse of high-speed desert shenanigans,
the Ford F-150 Raptor is an honest to goodness off-road masterpiece. Having
spent three days putting it through its paces for this video, we've
officially cleared out space for it in our dream garage.
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2010 Ford SVT Raptor Review
When it comes to Off-Road, Ford clearly owns the segment now with their all
new 2010 Ford SVT Raptor based on the F-150 Platform. This truck is a
military grade powerhouse that's better than anything else off the showroom
Raptor Tested: 2010 Ford SVT Raptor Truck @ the Track
2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Full Test:
Ford SVT Raptor First Drive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ngvpnes1UFg
You don't need a flat-billed hat or limbs covered in tattoos to appreciate
the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, but they help. If nothing else, such items
will help you pass muster with the rest of the crowd that will buy this
truck. Really, though, all you'll need to truly appreciate it is a desire
to drive fast over rough terrain. This is because the Raptor is a truck —
that's right, a truck — that's engineered to be driven. Flat-bill or not.
2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Design
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor lead designer Bruce Williams tells PickupTrucks.com
how the truck's Baja sculpted form is inspired and centered around the
function of its long-travel, off-road suspension.
Shot and produced by: Eric Rossi
Edited by: Matthew Avery
2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor at the Deer Hill Rally
What would you do if Ford offered you their latest SVT Raptor with a new
6.2L V8 engine? We were given that opportunity, and so we decided to put
the truck through some real world tests.
We've seen it bomb through desert sand, and rip through mud, but can it
climb and crawl, fit into narrow canyons, and make its way through some of
the harshest terrain the U.S. has to offer?
Find out in our visual review of the 2010 SVT Raptor from Ford.
Produced for Deer Hill by Overcrest Media, http://overcrestmedia.com
For more information on the Deer Hill Rally, check out
http://thedeerhillrally.com or http://deerhillexpeditions.com
Uwharrie Ford SVT Raptor
A Ford SVT Raptor taking on trails at Uwharrie National Park in Troy NC.
The trains are designed mostly for Jeeps and ATVs, but no harm in taking a
stock SVT Raptor out, right?