• Jul 15, 2010
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor serves and protects

Aside from the recent dust-up over immigration law in Arizona, we've heard very little about America's efforts on border patrol lately. Where once we heard all about fences, militia parties and night-vision, now the collective media consciousness is focused elsewhere. That doesn't mean that the challenges facing border patrol have exactly evaporated, of course. The men and women charged with keeping an eye on the line between the U.S. and Mexico still face mile upon mile of some of the most grueling terrain on the planet, which is exactly why the Yuma Sheriff went ahead and ordered up a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor before the official government-issue fleet arrives.

Automobile Magazine's Eszra Dyer decided to tag along with Major Leon Wilmot to see how the truck handles itself in an official capacity and just what this border patrol business is all about. As it turns out, the majority of the operation is concerned with large expanses of sand, moon dust, non-exploded ordinance and the cleverness of a people who want nothing more to outwit American law enforcement. If you've got a hot second, click over to Automobile for a quick read.



[Source: Automobile Magazine]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      AWESOME!... I didn't think that thing could get any more intimidating aside from putting Dale Earnhardt behind the wheel... I was wrong.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Think of the gas wasted! Driving on sand = 10 times the fuel used driving on road. "

      They are driving on the sand because there are no roads out in the desert. The illegals coming across the border don't walk near roads.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Get 'em!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It appears to me that the back of this truck needs to be longer and put a cage around it so they can fit alot of wetbacks in it and you cal run it through the car wash to get out the stink..Put a decal on it that says"BURRITOS LIBRE" on both sides and it will be like catching fish in a barrel.Dress up the border patrol officers in Taco Bell uniforms so as not to allert the prey.
      enzo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford has really shown me something the past few years. Unlike GM they turn down taxpayer bailout money and are kickin butt with quality design and craftsmanship.My next car will be a Ford, no doubt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      where is the 50 mm machine gun?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Arizona is full of mavericks. Yee Haw!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great truck for the job! Our guys need all the help they can get!
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are driving on sand because that is what is in a desert. Maybe they should just pave all the deserts over so they can drive a hybrid. That would save a lot of gas!

      Wow.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Come to think of it, I'd probably be an angry troll too if I lived in a country where a thriving government paid me $2500 a year with no chance for financial advancement. Plus, I wouldn't be able to afford one of these beauties. No thanks. America is still a non-conformist's paradise, thank you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I loved this article in Automobile. Ezra Dyer is one of the best writers in my opinion.
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