Phoebe Wall Howard
| Detroit Free Press

What’s new on latest model


This insane truck was as soon as killed in growth.

Then resurrected.

On sale this summer season, the third era 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is a high-speed, off-road, efficiency pickup truck with what has turn into a cult following, homeowners who need to go 100 mph within the desert and fly by means of the air over ruts and rocks. The Raptor that debuted on Wednesday provides new options together with a built-in generator to energy something from campsites to energy instruments. 

The beefy 37-inch tires and wheels and cutting-edge suspension ship stability regardless of the intense terrain even whilst you’re holding onto the “oh, sh*t” deal with. 

Normally, you’d need to tear aside a automobile to get it to suit such huge tires. These are inventory, not particular order. And they’re 2 inches larger than earlier fashions. 

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Getting this degree of apparatus, as soon as customized, is now turnkey. It lifts the truck to a new degree. And the sound of the exhaust is a “deeper more menacing sound.”

If testosterone had a soundtrack, this could be it.

Spy pictures

This is a high-performance struggle that began a decade in the past.

“We couldn’t be more excited. Ford invented the off-road high performance pickup segment with the first generation Raptor in 2009. It was truly inspired by the trophy trucks that raced the Baja 1000,” mentioned Todd Eckert, Ford Truck Group advertising supervisor.

The Raptor was so totally different from something that had been accomplished earlier than that it took awhile for some individuals at Ford to get up to the actual fact the corporate might create an entire new class of excessive efficiency off-road pickups. So preliminary plans have been shelved.

The ardour of the Ford workforce internally performed a task in resurrecting the concept. But as quickly because the web unfold rumors and spy pictures of the truck, the groundswell of fanatic demand was sufficient to assist get it resurrected.

This latest model will debut with the favored heavy steel track “Enter Sandman” by Metallica.

“Raptor was born not only to speed over rough terrain but also jump and catch air. It was a one-of-a-kind entry in the performance market,” he mentioned. “Over the final 4 years, the current era Raptor cumulatively outsold Porsche’s whole line of sports activities automobiles and likewise outsold Chevrolet’s Corvette.”

In 2018, Sergio Marchionne, then-CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, rolled out a five-year plan that included a vow to compete with the Ford Raptor. The battle has been fierce; MotorPattern named the Ram 1500 TRX, a extra highly effective and costly desert-racer, the 2021 Truck of the Year in December.

Ford will reveal the new Raptor’s energy, gas financial system, worth and specs nearer to when gross sales start. The earlier Raptor runs $55,150 to $76,290 with vacation spot and supply charges included, Ford mentioned.. 

The TRX’s problem to Raptor supremacy as the final word racing truck will not go unanswered. Ford is anticipated so as to add a extra highly effective and costly Raptor R model with a V-8 engine in 2022.

Battles to construct sporty pickups have gone on for years.

The Detroit Three constructed the Ford Lightning, Chevy Silverado SS and Ram SRT-10 — just like the Mustang, Camaro and Dodge Challenger of pickup vans within the early 2000s. Great for road racing. 

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This is the fashionable day encore for desert racing. 

“Off-road performance is in our blood,” Eckert mentioned.

The Raptor is for patrons who desire a truck to drive off-road straight from the manufacturing unit whereas not compromising on payload, towing, consolation or know-how for day by day use.

Features embody a terrain administration system, path management and one-pedal drive. Terrain administration permits homeowners to decide on settings for driving situations together with sport, rock crawl and the dune-jumping, ceaselessly airborne Baja mode.

Snow or sand

The system mechanically modifies steering really feel, lively valve exhaust, position-sensitive damping, throttle mapping and transmission shift factors to optimize Raptor’s efficiency to situations. Trail management is commonplace.

“Think of it as cruise control for low-speed driving,” Eckert mentioned. “Drivers just set a speed up to 20 mph and the Raptor manages throttle and braking to allow the driver to focus really only on steering. It makes it easier for drivers to maintain constant speeds over difficult terrain … or for getting through deep snow or sand. It’s activated simply using a button on the center console.”

One pedal drive combines acceleration and braking; press to speed up and launch to brake. Just one foot is wanted for off-road exercise like rock crawling.

Raptor additionally has an on-board generator that forestalls the necessity for a conveyable generator to camp or work, a key characteristic cited when the F-150 received the North American Truck of the Year.

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Steel and shock

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is epic, high-speed off-roader with cult following


Ford F-150 Raptor with beefy 37-inch tires designed to humiliate Ram 1500 TRX

Here is an animation of the new Fox shock system featured on the Ford F-150 Raptor.

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The Ford workforce spent months within the desert torture testing.

“We start with a high-strength steel F-150 frame, which has been modified and reinforced for Raptor’s extreme usage,” mentioned Tony Greco, Raptor program supervisor. “The modifications and reinforcements which we make include taller and stronger shock towers, unique control arm pivot locations, a lower front axle which is needed for increased travel, stronger bracketry for suspension, shocks and spring attachments and a Raptor-specific trailer hitch.” 

Raptor’s entrance and rear suspensions have been redesigned to enhance off-road traction and stability and on-road journey and dealing with high quality, he mentioned. 

“The new five-link suspension design … stabilizes the rear axle laterally and dramatically improves traction, which allows more torque to the rear wheels to be put to the ground,” Greco mentioned. Result: quicker acceleration and higher throttle responsiveness.

There’s extra to share about ball joints, knuckles, wheel bearings and coil springs however you get the concept. Anytime designers speak about “geometry changes” in automobile discussions, effectively, it is a good factor.

This is about aggressive management and stability off-road and clean plush journey on highway.

‘Go quicker’

If you’re leaping, the additional down your wheels are hanging, the extra absorption you are going to get if you land, because of the shock absorbers stroking.

“That’s where we see the big value in off-road events, when you’re often up and down quite a bit. The shock technology and how we’ve deployed that on this vehicle,” structure engineer Jack Cooper mentioned. “You can go faster in the desert, you can hit bigger things. If you don’t have as much travel and can’t absorb that energy, you’ll hit harder, the suspension will bottom harder, and it’ll be less comfortable and not as durable in the end.”

“We learn more and more every time we push the envelope. It’s one of the best parts of my job, working with the vehicle dynamics team.” mentioned Cooper, whose brother is a software program developer at Google. “I have a dream job.”

Ford builds the Raptor in Dearborn.

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