[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 00:00:00.000 00:00:05.000 Back in 2006, fast street trucks were declining in popularity -- but off-road sports were growing. 00:00:10.000 Ford's Special Vehicle Team -- made a decision. Their top-secret fast truck project would meet a niche need. 00:00:15.000 There hasn't been a factory-built desert race truck -- until now. 00:00:20.000 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. 00:00:25.000 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. 00:00:30.000 Precision-built specialty parts from innovative suppliers make the Raptor a rolling showcase of the best desert-conquering technology. 00:00:35.000 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. 00:00:40.000 Special tread blocks, belt angles, and belt plies help the custom BF Goodrich tires traverse mud and snow. 00:00:45.000 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. 00:00:50.000 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.. 00:00:55.000 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. 00:01:00.000 These state-of-the-art shocks are manufactured in California and shipped to Michigan for installation in each SVT Raptor. 00:01:05.000 Off-roaders -- have a love and hate relationship with technology. Electronic assistants are notorious for diluting imperative raw feel off-road. 00:01:10.000 The Raptor has its share of gadgetry, but SVT worked to give drivers complete control over the Raptor's electronics. 00:01:15.000 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. 00:01:20.000 If you consider stability control to be a fun-governor, don't worry -- it can be fully defeated by holding one button. 00:01:25.000 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. 00:01:30.000 Four pre-wired auxiliary toggle switches complete the Raptor's smart suite. 00:01:35.000 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. 00:01:40.000 In tight paved corners, the Raptor's steering rack delivers delicious metallic feedback directly from the steering fork and front suspension. 00:01:45.000 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. 00:01:50.000 Its fashion-forward interior is rendered in auspicious textures and colors. Each panel is assembled to tolerances that European brands sometimes can't achieve. 00:01:55.000 Ford's SVT Raptor isn't just a design story, a rock crawler, or a quick truck. 00:02:00.000 Because the Raptor is so versatile, it's validating for muddy Bronco owners and supercharged Lightning fans alike. 00:02:10.000 Stay tuned for an in-depth review. I'm Adam at highmileage.org.

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