• Feb 1, 2011
Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the Ford F150 SVT Raptor - Click above for high-res image gallery

By now, news that the Ford F150 SVT Raptor can get you over the river and through the woods to grandma's house is older than the dirt splattered down the pickup's side. Still, that doesn't mean that we're above taking a second to watch Vaughn Gittin Jr. put the FoMoCo beast through its paces. As you may recall, Gittin Jr. is the talented hellion who took the 2010 Formula Drift title, so the man knows a thing or two about stretching a vehicle to its limits and beyond.

Gittin Jr. teamed up with the crew from Wrecked Magazine to bash through the sand outside of Las Vegas when someone threw open the gates to the local CORR track. That's when things got really interesting. The drift guru set to vaulting the pickup to ever loftier heights. At one point, re-entry causes the Raptor's frame to flex enough to cause the tail gate to pop open on contact with terra firma – impressive given what this bruiser was engineered to withstand. Hit the jump to see the video for yourself.



[Sources: YouTube, Wrecked Magazine]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      Sometimes poor mileage is secondary if you just happen to NEED a truck. If you actually have to haul something or own a boat having a car is the useless transportation. I keep reading about all those drivers out there talking about their great mileage etc. but for millions of drivers a car just won't work. I have decided to dump my G8 and my Titan for one of these!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dont dump the G8!! I traded mine and all Im left with is a "truck". My soul is empty.......But I can go to work in 12" of snow. )
      • 3 Years Ago
      ooohhh how i love a ford truck!
      • 3 Years Ago
      You do that in stock seats on hard ground and you'll compress your lower spine, causing life altering pain and movement.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, the seats are stock, and the special FOX shocks are what protect your spine and the truck from damage - it dampens the pounding.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What really amazes me is just how little speed it takes to get that thing airborne.
      • 3 Years Ago
      at 00:47 that is no tailgate folks...ford attaches that better....it was the spare tire bouncing like a 6yo on crack... :D i love this truck ....my guess is the spare wasnt put back all the way
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really nice when its not yours...tear it up!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love seeing Ford just dominate!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally got to run mine on some of the sand roads in Florida today. Wife was with me, but saw some places to jump and I am going back!!!!! @ The Weegeean: I just changed my oil to full synthetic and rest the mileage twice to test it. I am at 13 MPG on the highway (80 MPH) and average city driving (30-45 MPH) I am pulling 12.3. And I drive it pretty hard so I suspect 15 MPG is possible.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So guys, I know it's not totally on topic, but I'd just like to point out the EPA just released mileage stats on the F-150 and Raptor.

      F-150 with 3.7 V-6 gets 19 overall, 3.5 turbo gets 18, 6.2 gets 13.

      But get this: They tested the Raptor with 6.2 and got 12 mpg. So this truck gets 1 mpg less than a standard 4wd F-150, which gets 13 mpg. Meanwhile, Ecoboost 4wd gets 17 mpg

      What I'm getting at here is, assuming the truck loses only 1 mpg mileage in Raptor trim, when Ford releases Ecoboost Raptor, you can get air like this, off-road it and drive home and still get 15-16 mpg overall.

      I find that quite awesome.
        • 3 Years Ago
        At 15,000mi each year and $3.50/gallon gas a vehicle getting 12 mpg has to pay $1093.75 more each year then one getting 16mpg. However given that the truck starts just north of $41,500 that's about 1/38th the price of the truck each year. Given that I upgrade every 5 years regardless I would still rather have the 6.2. 1/38th more per year is a relativly small price to pay.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's my thought as well. The 6.2L V8 has awesome power, but in the Raptor it gets 11 city/14 highway. That's quite rough. Especially if a Raptor is your only vehicle and you have to use it as a daily driver.

        If they offered it with the Ecoboost it would probably get 14 city/~18 highway, which is significantly better, while still having more than enough power and torque.

        It's obviously durable enough for use in that application as well. As evident by the 'Hero' ecoboost engine being used, in what was essentially a Raptor Race truck, during Baja 1000.

        Maybe we'll see it as an option at a later date?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yawn...
        • 3 Years Ago
        WHERE'S THE DEFIBRILLATOR!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The expression on the passenger's face in that main picture is priceless.

      "Welp, he uh, he did that. We're uh, we're gonna land real hard in a second here. ...Yep."
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ohhh please put that DNA into the ESCAPE !!!!!


      it coul put to shame all those little jeeps around!
        • 3 Years Ago
        That would make me way too happy if they made the Escape a real off road SUV. Solid axles, true 4WD, along with it's perfect size, that would make a great off roader.
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