Job one for any Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is desert driving. These trucks are, after all, essentially street-legal Baja trucks with civilian-friendly creature comforts. With this in mind, the development team for the second-generation SVT Raptor made the trip from Dearborn to the Silver Lake State Park on Michigan's west coast, to put a prototype truck through its paces.

For those not in the know, Silver Lake boasts 2,000 acres of sand dunes, much of which is segmented off specifically for off-road vehicles. That's good news if you're into dune hopping, which the SVT Raptor most certainly is. The video itself isn't too bad – you won't see the Raptor tackling any jumps – but you can see just how effortlessly the next-gen off-roader can tackle the hilly dunes. There are also some good shots of the truck's mechanicals and suspension, including what Ford claims are larger Fox Racing shocks and an increased ride height. The soundtrack, meanwhile, is mostly provided by the buzz of the camera drones, so we'd suggest cutting the volume before you check out the video.

Check out the video, way up at the top of the page.
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DRONE FOOTAGE OF 2017 F-150 RAPTOR PROTOTYPE TACKLING MICHIGAN SAND DUNES

This summer an engineering prototype of the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor tackled the dunes at Silver Lake, Mich., State Park. Redesigned, larger FOX Racing Shox with more suspension travel and all-new terrain management technology help F-150 Raptor tackle the toughest of surfaces. An available Torsen front differential increases off-road capability further. The system increases grip significantly for the front end of the truck and allows it to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades – even when traction is split between the front tires. The all-new 2017 Raptor is powered by Ford's new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine.

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