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2017 Ford Raptor takes on the brutal Baja 1000 and then drives back home!
The all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor is already turning heads, but did you know that the Ford Performance team has already completed a major grueling endurance test? That’s right, the Ford Performance team competed in the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 across the famed desert in the Baja California peninsula in Mexico.
Greg Foutz led his team out of the Foutz Motorsports camp with a 2017 F-150 Raptor and completed the race in 35 hours, 59 minutes and 8 seconds to finish third in the stock full class. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the crew then decided to toss their tools and spare tires in the back of the race truck and drove it back to their home base near Phoenix.
“That’s why the new Ford F-150 Raptor is bad-ass! It’s a race-proven off-road monster that can race off-road an entire weekend, then take you and your friends on a road trip the next day,” Foutz said. “That and the $49,520 starting price make it a clear winner on the showroom floor.” Powered by an all-new high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 engine that delivers 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, plus an all-new Ford-built 10-speed transmission; the F-150 Raptor race truck showcases the level of performance this purpose-built off-road vehicle will deliver to customers once it goes on sale in December.
Given the 2017 F-150 Raptor’s extreme all-terrain capabilities, the race truck utilized its factory equipment across all 850 treacherous miles, including its stock engine, transmission, brakes, wheels with BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires, along with the factory air conditioning, satellite radio and windshield, which is often unheard of in race vehicles. The Foutz Motorsports team only added a safety cage, puncture-resistant fuel cell, racing seats and full race harness to meet SCORE rules. The factory-spec Raptor springs and Fox Racing shocks were adjusted to accommodate the added weight from the safety cage and fuel cell.
Other production vehicle updates that carry over to the race truck include the high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame, all-new six-mode Terrain Management System and advanced four-wheel-drive torque-on-demand transfer case. Foutz went on to say that the team drivers quickly adapted to the performance of the Raptor engine and drivetrain, which was entirely stock. “We used the Raptor Terrain Management System to select Baja Mode and just tweaked two-wheel versus four-wheel drive depending on the terrain we were on,” Foutz explained. “When we hit the road for home, we dropped it in the Sport Mode and took off for the highway.”
Ford Performance engineers used the Raptor race truck program as a platform to share technology and to prove their trucks in the real world. “Testing helps to create exciting products that not only raise the performance bar, they deliver Built Ford Tough capability and durability,” said Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance chief engineer.
“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, “Hameedi said, “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.”