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Raptor: Born in Baja documentary -- Click above after the jump

The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has just finished its close-up, and pretty soon you'll be able to see it on both the big screen in "Raptor – Born in Baja". The Blue Oval took its factory-built off-road runner to the Baja 1000 last year and documented the entire build and the race. The documentary is like Truth in 24, but with trucks and lots of dirt, and the Raptor only finished third in its Class 8 division (full-sized 2-wheel-drive), but that's not bad for a team that had only three months to complete the build.

The movie will premiere in Hollywood on June 23 at the Egyptian Theater, and then air on Speed TV a few weeks later. For now, you can check out the trailer after the jump.

[Source: Ford]


DEARBORN, Mich., June 3, 2009 – Ford's all-new 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor will be making its Hollywood debut on June 23 when a new feature film about the ultimate production off-road performance truck hits the silver screen.

"Raptor – Born in Baja" – produced by Brentwood Communications (BCII) in conjunction with Ford Motor Company – will premiere at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, Calif., before an audience of more than 500 automotive and off-road motorsports executives, entertainment industry heavyweights, celebrity guests and members of the press.

The documentary follows Ford designers, engineers and race program directors, along with Foutz Motorsports and other aftermarket organizations, as they construct, test and unveil the new F-150 SVT Raptor to the automotive world by entering it in the grueling 631-mile Baja 1000 race, one of the toughest point-to-point off-road races in the world.

"I had read in the automotive trades that Ford had told its dealers that the Raptor would be the 'first truck you could buy right off the lot and drive in Baja,' " said Bud Brutsman, BCII CEO and the film's executive producer. "I told Ford, 'Let's prove it.' "

Not only did Raptor finish the race, but it sped through the finish line in 25.5 hours, placing third in its class in what was originally supposed to be only a development drive.

"For 32 years now, Ford trucks have led the marketplace because of our long history of capability and durability," said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Marketing Manager. "With the F-150 SVT Raptor, we are delivering a true off-road performance truck with the proven 'Built Ford Tough' capability and durability that is at the core of every F-150."

The all-new Raptor was built to take on the most challenging desert adventures as well as the everyday commute. The vehicle produces true off-road performance thanks to its stock high-performance parts, standard FOX Racing Shox and standard Ford SVT-tuned BFGoodrich® all-terrain tires. It will be available in showrooms in July with a MSRP of $38,995.

Following the June 23 premiere of "Raptor – Born in Baja," a one-hour television version of the film will air on SPEED on Sunday, July 12, at 4 p.m. EST with several additional airings to be determined at a later date.

To view the trailer and clips from "Raptor – Born in Baja," visit www.youtube.com/RECONdesign.

For more information about the F-150 SVT Raptor, visit www.fordvehicles.com/f150raptor.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool, but doesn't look quite as good as "Truth in 24" ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've all ready started saving for one with a 6.2L
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the high-performance 4x4 that Ford should have built years ago!

      And with the 600+ speed bumps installed as traffic calming devices in Washington D.C., and growing numbers of potholes in other venues, it'd be the perfect urban assault vehicle . . ..

      Too bad the 2012-2016 CAFE hike and the high entry price will probably doom it.

      Also, expect those greens who loved to rag on the Excursion and Hummers to pick on the SVT Raptor if the model ever registers in the popular "appliance motorist" consciousness.
        • 5 Years Ago

        That just might be the best product pairing I've ever heard of.

        Well, other than a Reventon and a Fiesta... ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I could go for a new Fiesta, and a Raptor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As cool as this truck is, it'll never sell as many as the mainstream F-150 does, and even if so, its mileage surely can't be that much worse. My 4.6L Mustang GT gets 27 MPG on the highway, and while the Raptor currently is a tuned 5.4L, the 6.2L Hurricane should be coming soon, while is going offer GOBs of power and decent fuel mileage. Besides, I doubt many people are going to be buying this a dailies, as it doesn't have the creature comforts that many expect in a $40K truck. This will be bought more by those that have a second car and can afford a ridiculously awesome off-road truck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Easy with the stereotypes. Just because someone cares about the planet it doesn't necessarily mean they instantly love hybrids or instantly hate trucks. For me at least, its a lifestyle to be more responsible and respectful to where I live - I don't litter or waste excessively because I don't want to see it in my backyard, and I don't think anybody else should have to deal with my mess either. You know, being responsible for not only myself but those around me too. I'd get a Raptor if I had ridiculous spending money, cause I'd probably drive it twice a month.
      • 5 Years Ago
      April 24, 2009
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a pretty impressive feat just to complete the race, especially in such a hastily prepared vehicle. Should be an entertaining flick, not as good as "Truth in 24" or "Dust to Glory" but entertaining nonetheless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I took my Fiesta Baja'n afterwards I had to head to the car wash.
      • 5 Years Ago
      totally awesome truck and I know just the place this truck is going to take me. My home town in Mexico, where there is no pavement only dirt roads, no roads, and crazy curves all over. The perfect excuse to go is this Raptor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm continually gaining more and more respect for Ford. It's becoming clear why they're making it through the recession better than the other two.