[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.
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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
2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor | Track Tested | Edmunds.com
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.
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Desert Dune Bashing in Dubai
The Ford team took the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor on an extreme off-roading
session in the desert dunes of Dubai, UAE. Here's some of the highlights.
What a beast! Enjoy!