2017 Ford Raptor Completes 1,028 Miles of Desert Durability Testing
One Step Closer To Production
Ford has just completed the initial desert testing of the new aluminum bodied Ford F-150 Raptor covering 1,028 miles of off-road terrain in the Southwestern United States. With a trail designed to mimick the race courses of Baja, the 66-mile route featured plenty of challenging terrain changes including sandy washes, deep-rutted silt beds, hill climbs in sand, and tight crawls through trenches. While on the course the truck topped speeds of 100 mph in certain places and throttled down to 10 mph for tight technical terrain, averaging a speed of 50 mph over the course. Based on these lap times the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is 25 percent faster than the previous generation Raptor.
Ford engineers wanted to put the new Raptor through tests that the typical vehicle won’t see on the trail, so they included a tabletop jump at the end of each lap. The jump consisted of a steep ramp up to a two-foot plateau with a step-off back to level ground. With the new 3-inch diameter Fox Racing Shox and wider track-width we’re betting that jump was pretty smooth.
While Ford is still testing prototype Raptors featuring a mix of components from the 2015 Ford F-150 Raptor and the 2017 F-150 Raptor these performance numbers have us chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel. Check out the initial launch and more specs on the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor here: fourwheeler.com/news/2017-ford-f-150-svt-raptor-unveiled/