• Nov 23, 2010

U.S. Border Patrol Ford Raptors being delivered – Click above for image gallery

What the U.S. Federal Government wants, the U.S. Federal Government gets. And what the Customs and Border Protection division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wanted were at least 10 Ford SVT Raptor pickup trucks to patrol the area where Arizona borders with Mexico. Only problem is that Ford puts a standard leather interior in all its Raptor trucks, which is evidently against the ordering preferences of the Feds.

So, what to do? Put in an extra-special order with Ford, make a few phone calls (give us what we want... or else...) and patiently await delivery – a truckload of specially liveried pickups that Autoblog reader Matt happened photograph and send in to us. We went ahead and contacted Ford to be sure that it managed to deliver the authorities the Raptors it wanted, and we got an affirmative... sort of.

Ford would need the actual Vehicle Identification Numbers of the trucks to confirm individual equipment levels, and we're not about to march on down to Southern Arizona to grab them. But Ford says the Feds did order Raptors without leather and that the Blue Oval Bosses complied. So we're going with a definite probably. Have a look for yourself below. Thanks for the pics, Matt!





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      jb50
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ha. Look at the second picture. They're all marked "Supervisor" on the door. Bosses get the new 'high-speed' rigs, the boots get the older rides. Business as usual.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is amazing the comments made based on NO knowledge. Sign of the times.
      I know they will be having fun while working and I envy the fact that they can use the truck as designed 100% of the time. I on the other hand will see street duty most of the time with my 6.2. Should be an excellent test environment for the truck and how good a job the SVT boys did with the design. By the way wonder if they got 6.2's or the 5.4's. I bet 5.4's.
      In any case good for the Border Patrol, they deserve all the help they can get and this will be help that will be measurable. Thanks too, Ford!
      • 4 Years Ago
      All they need now is to put BF Goodrich Baja T/As on all of em and really make those monsters chew up some sand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can fleet order 2011 raptors with out Leather and some of the other Lux options...
      This has been known since the beginning of October, before the regular production order books opened up. National parks Department also got some ( They have had them in Utah for 2 +months ), as well as the Airborne Rangers and Navy Seals in Afghanistan ... (lets see a Raptor or a Hilux?Hard decision huh?)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you sh1ttin' me? Raptors in Afganistan?! I gotta google tat!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fleet orders you say, eh? Hmmm...think maybe Hertz will have a few with cloth? Personally, if I was in the market for one of these (boy I wish I was in the market for one of these...) I'd prefer cloth over leather any day of the week.

        And what's with all the double postings? Lots of newbies online today? Yikes. Never seen it that bad!



        Fleet orders you say, eh? Hmmm...think maybe Hertz will have a few with cloth? Personally, if I was in the market for one of these (boy I wish I was in the market for one of these...) I'd prefer cloth over leather any day of the week.

        And what's with all the double postings? Lots of newbies online today? Yikes. Never seen it that bad!



        :-) Figured I'd just do mine on one instead of hitting the linky in my email twice. Har har.
      • 4 Years Ago
      just a test on password
      • 4 Years Ago
      there is a border with mexico? what will they use the trucks for? to give them a ride to la?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is awesome. Makes you wanna join the border patrol.
      Ed in Cumming
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do you know why they don't want leather seats?

      Well, try to sit down in a vehicle with leather is Arizona, So. Cal, etc. in the summer - OUCH! - Third degree burns.

      I've done it at airport car rentals once - but I learned never to rent a vehicle with leather seats again - It is a real Pain in the Butt, literally!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Badges, we don't need no stinkin badges. We got Raptors!
      • 4 Years Ago
      damb. now i have to join the boarder patrol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        First learn to spell.
        • 4 Years Ago
        well, autoblog needs an edit button.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Landmines and razorwire...lot cheaper and more effective. Govt waste.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dang thats hot!
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