John Gilbert Staff Editor
February 5, 2016

For Ford’s 2017 Raptor lineup there’s a Raptor model built to suit everyone’s needs. For the fuel-mileage conscious there’s the Raptor’s standard equipment Auto-Stop-Start feature where the engine kills, saving gas at a red light, and then instantly fires back up as the gas pedal is depressed for a green light.

In the Raptor’s off-road ready street trim, the truck is available in two or four door bodystyles, and for the folks enthused about venturing into off-road racing there’s the new factory prepared race-ready Raptor available as a two door only.

The Raptor race truck will leverage Raptor’s production platform including its all-new high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and 10-speed transmission, along with torque-on-demand transfer case.

Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, at Ford Performance stated, “The all-new Raptor has the DNA of a Baja race truck, with a purpose-built engine, chassis and suspension that enables it to travel fast over challenging desert landscapes or crawl over rocky terrain.”

Putting the all-new Raptor through this grueling stretch of races will help demonstrate how a truck born in the desert is even more prepared to take on the very toughest of terrain.

It’s a family tradition, Ford Performance is a premier automotive sponsor of off-road racing in the United States; company’s involvement in racing goes back 115 years to the efforts of founder Henry Ford. To get a good look at the new Ford Raptor race truck in action catch it running in the 2016 Best in the Desert off-road racing series’ new factory stock class. Dates and locations to catch F-150 Raptor racing events this year are as follows:

* Happening now: 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