2017 Ford Raptor Finished its Initial Desert Durability Testing
After a one-year hiatus, Ford unveiled the next-generation of the F-150 Raptor at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to a huge amount of fanfare. Since 2010 the Ford F-150 Raptor has been the ultimate symbol of off-road performance pickup trucks, and the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor looks to take that performance to a whole new level next year. However, Ford needs to do extensive testing before it can be released to make sure that it is ready for any environment that you can throw at it. The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor finished its initial desert durability testing recently, and we are going to use this blog post to tell you about how it did.
Ford has designed the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor to be the lightest, strongest, and most powerful version of this off-road desert truck yet. The new Raptor received some serious upgrades such as a lightweight all-aluminum body that slashes over 500 pounds of weight in comparison to the previous generation. They have also equipped this truck with an all-new high-output 3.5-liter, six-cylinder, EcoBoost powertrain that gives the new Raptor more horsepower and torque than ever before. Since Ford has added so many dramatic new improvements to this truck, a lot of durability testing is needed. That is why Ford just put the 2017 Raptor prototype through more than 1,000 miles of grueling testing in the Southwestern United States.
This testing included over 1,028 miles of desert trails that were chosen to simulate driving conditions that the truck will face in the grueling Baja race course in Mexico. The trails featured a wide-range of surfaces such as: fast sandy washes, deep-rutted silt beds, steep climbs in deep sand, slow meticulous crawls through tight trenches, and more.
During the testing the truck hit speeds of more than 100 miles per hour in some spots, and as slow as 10 miles per hour in others. However, the average speed that the truck hit was 50 miles per hour. This testing proved that the new 2017 Ford Raptor is 25 percent faster than the previous generation based on its lap times. Also, at the end of each lap the drivers flew the Raptor over a tabletop jump, which the truck handled with ease.
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