The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is well on its way to the Ford Motor Company dealer showrooms of the world, having taken a mighty leap forward by completing a rigorous testing regimen in the deserts of the southwestern US.
All-told, the Ford “supertruck” traversed an amazing 1,028 miles through silt beds, uphill sand slopes, trenches, and sandy washes, inspired by the terrain of the famous Baja 1,000 offroad race.
Granted, the average owner would never put their own Ford F-150 Raptor through such a rigorous task, we’re sure, but of course it helps to know that the truck can do it. And not only do it, but do it well; Ford says that the new F-150 Raptor completed laps of the 66-mile terrain course an astonishing 25 percent faster than the previous model, even pushing 100 mph on some portions of the track.
It’s important to note that the trucks tested by Ford were not production examples; instead, Ford built a handful of prototypes based on the base 2015 truck, with components from the 2017 F-150 Raptor. Even still, the prototypes’ performance in the gruelling desert is a tremendous sign of what we can hopefully expect from the next ultra-capable Ford supertruck.