• Aug 7, 2009
2010 Ford F150 SVT Raptor - Click above image for high-res gallery

Very few people have ridden in Ford's upcoming Raptor; we have. And allow us to tell you what: it's astonishing. Perhaps the single most impressive production vehicle ever, even if the prototypes we rode shotgun in were only 90% complete. That good, really? Yes, truly. Imagine bounding across the Nevada desert at 100 mph (fuel cutoff) and then leaping 45 feet through the air, landing, and doing it again and again and again. That is the magic of SVT and their Raptor.

With that in mind, what government agency could make use of such a steroidal, hardcore truck? No, not FEMA. Exactly, the Border Patrol. We can think of no vehicle more suited to running down a gang of coyotes that Ford's uber-off roader. After all, the SVT Raptor was developed in the grueling deserts of Southern California and Northern Mexico, the Boarder Patrol's home turf. And with 11.2 inches of gas-shock suspension travel in the front and 13.4 inches out back, there is very little – if anything – that will slow this beast down.

The Customs and Border Protection division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reportedly wants at least ten of these monsters. Pickuptrucks.com indicates that the government's purchasing agents are requesting bare bones work interiors instead of the fancy leather and Synced up cockpits found in the consumer models. In our estimation, this change would only serve to make the Raptor even more functional and/or intimidating. No word on whether the Feds would like to go for the 5.4-liter Triton V8, or the much more powerful all-new 6.2-liter V8. Either way, keep an eye peeled if you need to make a run for the border.



[Source: Pickuptrucks.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      @ nardvark

      So true. We'll give them housing assistance and food stamps. Room and Board baby!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Makes me wanna go to Mexico, then illegally cross back just so I can get a ride in one of them there fancy schmancy trucks
        • 5 Years Ago
        RRRROFL - Awesome post! Might be cheaper than Disney! ;) - Hey that would be a GREAT commercial!

        Guy crosses the river, runs for his life, the border patrol in the Ford SVT Raptor chase him down in BAJA mode jumping over things and slashing through big muddy holes and then they bust him....

        They find out he's a US Citizen and have to escort him out of the desrte and throw him in the back of the truck and drive way and then he calls his friends on the phone and says "Yeah it worked, I'm in the SVT Raptor right now"..

        BUILT BORDER TOUGH

        hehe heh
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fords for our side of the border, Lincoln Mark LTs for the other side.
      Joe C.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares if it costs 40K for each truck? Are you aware that 1 standard Charger Police car costs about 140K?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this happens, it makes me want to join CBP. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      He didn't mean "typo" -- he just misspelled "spelling mistake."
      • 5 Years Ago
      The cartels will definitely have them...so why shouldn't we?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @hmmw: Follow Cassie Casum's advice... Keep your [helicopter] on the ground and [shooting] for the stars...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The cartels will have Hummers with roof-mounted .50 cal machine guns, and possibly some helicopters with surface-to-air missles. I think our boys at least deserve a fighting chance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How do you install surface-to-air missiles on a helicopter?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah because the border control people need a $40000+ truck...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think Fed can make use of those Cash for Clunkers deal....
        • 5 Years Ago
        While I live far from the Mexican border, so I really have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm guessing they actually do. They are inevitably a reactive force, chasing people down after they have illegally crossed. The smugglers have a head start by definition, because we're not allowed to patrol Mexico. So we need fast, all-terrain vehicles to close the distance before they slip past the border patrol net.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Russell:

        The Border Patrol agents do serious offroad work every day. They have a number of Hummer H1s in use, all of which cost far, far more than $40k.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What border patrol people need is more boarder patrol people.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea because Russell knows exactly what "border control people" need...
        • 5 Years Ago
        You should read the article. Buying at least 10 = fleet sales, and they'll be stripped of the luxuries. They won't cost $40K each.

        You do know that some governments use Land Rover Defenders or Mercedes G-classes, right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not a truck fan at all, but I would love one of these babies, it has RALLY written all over it!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, I'm not a truck guy, but this truck has put a serious spell on me! There has never been a production vehicle like it, if you are going to build a niche vehicle, why not make it a beast?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is EXACTLY what I was thinking about when I read about the Raptor. I think I should look into a new career in Border Control.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Besides the Ford GT, this just might be the best enthusiast's Ford ever built. I think it just might be. I'd definitely take one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why doesn't ford make a striped out version of the Raptor for consumer usage? I think they would sell like crazy; I mean come on how many hardcore offroad trucks have a fully kitted out interior like that? I would love one with the 5.4l and rubber interior!
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