The camouflaged Ford F-150 SVT Raptor prototype captured above blazing its way across the desert during a test run left company engineers giggling in amazement, reveals Jamal Hameedi in a new Autoweek video. Ford's global performance vehicle chief engineer, accompanied by senior exterior designer Bruce Williams, sat down with the publication to discuss the concept and development of the automaker's super off-road F-150.

Designing a high-performance pickup in 2008, right when the cost of gasoline was going through the roof, seemed insane at the time, but the team pushed forward with the innovative vehicle regardless. The interview includes plenty of Ford B-roll footage as visual candy, and the conversations include discussions about exterior design, ride comfort, anti-lock brake tuning, suspension engineering, weight reduction and why it was necessary to make the Raptor visually different than Ford's standard F-150. The model's origin story is very interesting, and you can learn more about it by watching the video below.


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      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have no reasonable use for a truck like this and the fuel economy is awful. But I still want one.
      Tiberius1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am in Slideways camp..I do not like pickups at all, but the Raptor is so chocked full of awesomeness, if I had the $$$ I would have one in my driveway in a minute. The forst time my seven year old daughter saw one at the dealer where I picked up my car, she said, \"Daddy can we get one of those??\" That made me smile ear-to-ear...
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      In today's politically correct, fall-in-line, save-a-tree world, I am forever thankful that a vehicle like Raptor exists. I don't say this just because it's an amazing product, but also as a credit to Ford daring to produce such a charismatic machine. Last of its kind? I hope not. Always reminded of Clarkson's drive of Aston Martin V12 Top Gear bit.
      Randy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I LOVE this truck. Hands down the best looking and performing stock truck I've ever seen.
      Cyrus Kahn
      • 1 Year Ago
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      CACressida
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did he say nobody had this offroad calibrated ABS? 3 words: Toyota Land Cruiser. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l07HPA3gsxE
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      Dam plm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love the Raptor with all its might of the 6.2L V8! So here some great ideas IMO: For Asia and Europe - swap it to either the TT 3.5 or add/source a diesel either V6/V8 it will improve their sales. Also what about an F-250 based Raptor with that crazy 6.7L powerstroke? Now that will be entertaining and a sure hit just like the F-150 Raptor!
      That Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they talk about the engineering decision to make the frames flimsy causing them to bend when driven exactly as shown in the original adverts from Ford. Bold moves indeed.
      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      It should be legal to drive these things on and off roads as pleased. Want to avoid traffic jams on the highway, missed your exit, need to change direction in a hurry? Simply point yourself off the road and into the grass, bush, desert, mud, snow, gravel, rocks; and just go. Confining one of these to paved flat surfaces is a major waste. Now, I dont actually think you should be out there disregarding road rules and tearing up public and private property, but imagine the convenience.
        csgill75
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k_m94
        I keep mine on pavement 90% of the time unfortunately but it is a very comfortable ride. I don't stop for speed bumps anymore either in fact sometimes I can't even tell i ran one over. Lol.
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k_m94
        OK, except for trespass. That's what cameras are for.
      amerifight
      • 1 Year Ago
      They still owe me a lightning!
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        csgill75
        • 1 Year Ago
        Mine is right around 15 mpg in mixed driving with some highway and limited in town driving where I live since I am out a bit from town and don't need to go there daily. If I am driving off road it does drop a bit. It's still better than my old expedition I traded in for this. That got 12mpg on a good week. Normally was around 10-11.
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