- Ford will go off-road racing with its 2017 F-150 Raptor pickup
- The truck boasts brawny tires and a huge engine — perfect for racing
- The production-ready Raptor goes on sale later this year
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is headed for competition. Specifically, the full-size pickup will go racing in the desert, participating in the Best in the Desert off-road racing series’ new factory-stock class.
That’s no surprise for Raptor fans, as the truck will likely feel right at home bounding through obstacles in the desert. The pickup’s street version, which is set to go on sale later this year, features a lifted suspension, bulky tires, brawny styling and an impressive 450-horsepower turbocharged V6. And the race version will feature those items too, as it largely uses a factory drivetrain in order to participate in the factory-stock class.
“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,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance.
Ford likely hopes that racing the Raptor in the desert will showcase its impressive performance, which will help sell the truck to drivers who want to emulate it. In a release, the automaker said that the races will “demonstrate how a truck born in the desert is even more prepared to take on the very toughest of terrain.”
Best of the Desert racing competitions take place throughout the year, with races held in Arizona and Nevada. The Raptor, meanwhile, goes on sale this fall.
What it means to you: The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is a serious truck, and Ford is serious about proving it.