• Feb 5th 2009 at 1:02PM
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Click above for high-res image gallery of the SVT Raptor R from its debut in BAJA

Ford's race-ready SVT Raptor R made it's competition debut last fall in the Baja 1000 and managed a respectable third place finish in its class for its first time out. That same truck is returning to racing soon in the hands of Rob MacCachren and Steve Olliges to run the five race "Best in the Desert" series. The SVT Raptor R has a 500-hp version of the 6.2L V8 that will be available in the production SVT Raptor next year. Underneath, the Raptor R also has a standard Raptor frame and a production spec 6-speed automatic transmission. The initial run of production SVT Raptors that go on sale this summer will use the F-150's current 320-hp 5.4L V8. Ford will also be using the Raptor R race program to test new performance parts that will offered to regular customers after the truck launches.

[Source: Ford]


• After a successful Baja 1000 finish, the production-based F-150 SVT Raptor R will run in all five points races to continue extreme durability testing of production components

• Drivers Rob MacCachren and Steve Olliges will pilot the Raptor R providing Ford access to development and testing data.

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 5, 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. The privately funded team will run all five points races for 2009 in the Raptor R to continue testing the durability of the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor and its production components.

Prepared for racing in off-road endurance events, the F-150 SVT Raptor R demonstrates the toughness and durability built into every F-150 by using stock components, including the stock fully boxed frame that delivers class-leading towing and hauling in the F-150. 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.

"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."

Drivers Rob MacCachren and Steve Olliges each have impressive racing resumes, both winning numerous off-roading championships. MacCachren has won over 100 events and 15 championships in his career to date. Olliges has 30 class wins as well as seven off-road championships. Both drivers have also won their respective classes in the prestigious Baja 1000 during their careers.

The F-150 SVT Raptor is like no other truck available on the market today and demonstrates Ford's commitment to delivering unique production based performance vehicles. The F-150 SVT Raptor will be available at dealerships this summer with a Flex Fuel 5.4-liter V-8 engine making 320hp, 390 ft.-lbs. of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission. The electronically selectable four-wheel drive system also has an E-locker rear differential that, when engaged, stays locked even at high speeds. Raptor will be available with an all-new 6.2-liter V-8 early
next year. Engineers are targeting 400hp and 400 ft.-lbs. of torque for the new engine.

The production F-150 SVT Raptor is had been developed with the DNA of an off-road pre- runner. Exclusive internal-bypass FOX Racing Shox, specially developed 35-inch BFGoodrich® All-Terrain tires, seven-inch wider track, specially calibrated "Off-Road" mode stability control, and Hill Descent give Raptor a high level of control in off-road situations. With 11.2-inches of front suspension travel, 12.1-inches out back, and patented internal-bypass dampers, Raptor is just as adept at handling the rough stuff at high-speeds as many other trucks are at a crawl.

The F-150 SVT Raptor R also serves as a test bed for the development of a lineup of race- proven, desert-tested, off-road performance parts that will be available through the Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog.

More information on the F-150 SVT Raptor can be found at www.F150svtraptor.com.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford's SVT just belts out the best, imo. This is such a great application for the F150. Not bashing on the incredible Lightning. I just believe an off-road SVT truck is a little better than a high speed performance truck. It just makes better sense, imo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The suspension travel on this thing is really not that spectacular- A Tundra will give you those numbers with just an upper control arm and replacement strut. With a long-travel set-up that widens the track, it'll get to 16" of front travel.
      I looked at the Raptor at the NAIAS a few weeks ago- I LOVE the front end styling. Far better than that 8th-grade-study-hall-doodle of a design they have on the '09.
        • 6 Years Ago
        are those numbers with or without the Tundra the extreme frame flex feature?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im going to be at the BITD Parker 425 this weekend. Im gonna laugh when this brakes. Anyone that knows real desert racing knows this truck isnt that big of a deal, the rear only cycles at 12 inches of travel. Nothing but a glorified pavement pounder. Try to do half the stuff they do in the YouTube videos of it, watch it brake, and watch Ford deny you warranty because they will say you abuse the truck.

      Im not knocking the f-150, its a nice truck, but this is nothing special.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So, third place in the Baja 100 is nothing special? From a truck that didnt exist before? The truck also allows Ford to tinker with performance parts and durability in design of all their trucks. These parts can also be bought aftermarket. Many videos of trucks that are capable off road also are modified. 12 inches of travel in a street vehicle is respectable and then some. At the end of the day, this is being built to sell on the street as a capable street truck that you can also take off road. Since both are impossible, you obviouly make the typical sacrifices in both areas.

        Nothing special? Ill let you know this summer when I get mine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd change your plans. I mean - you're going to laugh every time they apply the brakes? Wow - that's a lot of laughing I'd assume. You'll look like an idiot before they even get it out of the transporter - I mean, you'll be standing there guffawing like a madman, and all they're doing is bringing it to a stop as they drive/roll it off the ramp.

        What about staging for the take-off? You plan on standing in the crowd giggling like a school girl each time the line advances? It could be an hour or more before the Raptor gets the green flag. I bet you'll find everyone, including friends and family, around you has backed off 10 feet just so they don't end up on YouTube when someone posts "Moron laughs uncontrollably at desert truck race..."
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