F-150 SVT Raptor R presented by Ford

Posted on Tuesday, 4 November 2008 , 12:11:52 byEmil

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F-150 SVT Raptor R presented by Ford

The F-150 SVT Raptor R by Ford debuted official at SEMA Show. This auto was made by Ford Racing and SVT specifically racing on the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 – 1 of the grueling off-street races in circuit.

SVT Raptor runs with a V-8 6.2-liter engine delivering 500 hp.

The F-150 SVT Raptor R is using F-150 SVT Raptor stock components, including transmission, axles and brakes. The frame – the truck part that will be taking the most stress – is apparently the same proven boxed frame delivering class-leading towing plus hauling on the base F-150 unit.

“Ford’s commitment to using racing as a test bed for new technologies is expanding to the off-road arena with the F-150 SVT Raptor R,” said Brian Wolfe, the Ford Racing Technology director. “Racing the new truck in the elite Baja 1000 is the ultimate off-road test and will allow Ford to evaluate how well the F-150 SVT Raptor will hold up under the most unique and extreme conditions.”

“The race truck has even more suspension travel, better approach and departure angles, more horsepower, more ground clearance, and full racing specification seats, safety cage and harnesses, all of which combine to make an even faster, more visceral off-road experience,” said Jamal Hameedi, the SVT chief engineer.

“You can say the average customer is not likely to take their vehicle and enter it in the Baja 1000, but if you look at the things that happen in that 1000 kilometer race, over the life of a vehicle, you just might repeat those events,” affirmed Hameedi. “Maybe not all in one day, but over that 100,000 miles, knowing the vehicle will stand up to the Baja 1000 is important to off-road enthusiast customers.”

“Raptor R is a natural SVT extension of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor,” affirmed Hameedi. “It’s very analogous to what a race prepped Cobra R was to an SVT Cobra or what a Mustang FR500C is to a Mustang GT.”