Ford F-150 Raptor Preps for 'Best in Desert” 2009

Ford Racing and Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) announced today that the F-150 SVT Raptor R, the same truck that finished third in class at the 41st SCORE Tecate Baja 1000, will run in the 2009 "Best In The Desert" race series. The truck will be driven by veteran Ford truck racers and former “Rough Riders” Rob MacCachren and Steve Olliges.

Prepared for racing in off-road endurance events, the F-150 SVT Raptor R uses stock components, including the fully boxed frame. The race truck is powered by a specially modified and calibrated 500 horsepower version of the production 6.2-liter V-8 engine and is mounted to a production-spec six-speed automatic F-150 transmission.

The F-150 SVT Raptor will be available at dealerships this summer with one of two powerplants. The first is a Flex Fuel 5.4-liter V-8 engine making 320hp, 390 ft.-lbs. of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission and the second a 6.2-liter V-8, that will become available in early 2010. The model is set to enter five points test races in 2009 in order to continue testing the durability of the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor and its production components.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone involved in the Raptor program to get more real-time data on how the truck performs in the most extreme conditions,” stated Cliff Irey, Manager of truck motorsports for Ford Racing Technology. “We need to push the truck harder than we'd ever expect our customers would to ensure that the production F-150 SVT Raptor is the ultimate factory-available high-speed off-road truck.”

The F-Series are full-size pickup trucks sold for over five decades. The F-Series alone makes up for half of the Ford Motor Company's profits in recent years. The F 150, in its previous versions, was the best-selling vehicle in the United States for 23 years and the best-selling truck for 31 years.


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