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Unique F-22 Raptor-inspired 2017 Ford F-150 will be auctioned off to benefit EAA youth programs

This year, Ford will put up for auction another one of its special vehicles to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) youth aviation programs.

The auction will take place at the annual EAA Gathering of Eagles on July 27. This time, the special vehicle that will be put on auction is none other than the F-150 Raptor, which is quite a departure for Ford as they often choose the Mustang to be sold off. Melvin Betancourt, Ford design manager, took inspiration from the famous Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet when he designed the high-performance truck. At the same time, he highlighted the F-150 Raptor's unique style, capabilities, and design.

Not only does this F-150 Raptor look aggressively unique, it also has been given several tweaks on the inside. The truck's performance has been maximized, enabling the 3.5 liter twin-turbo, Whipple inter-cooled V6 engine to produce a total of 545 horsepower, that's 95 hp more than the standard model. Credit goes to the Ford Performance Team for all the work they have put into the Raptor from upgrading the suspension and the brakes, adding a roof mounted light bar to changing the wheels.

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Ford starts accepting orders for 2017 F-150 Raptor

Ford Motor Company revealed that with the full-scale production of its 2017 F-150 Raptor scheduled to start, it has begun to receive orders for this latest model at authorized Ford dealerships.

Team Ford in Las Vegas for example, considered as one of the highly successful North American dealers for the Ford Raptor, revealed that even if its waiting list already has almost 300 customers, the dealership continues to receive inquires every day from across the U.S. on how to place orders for the brand’s latest offering. As of the moment, the three largest markets for the F-150 Raptor appear to be California, Florida, and Texas.

Dealership owner Steve Olliges shared that while this situation is indeed a problem, it is a good kind of problem. Though tough, he continued, it is great in the sense that so many are interested in this new model. Currently Team Ford is doing what it can so that customers will be able to get the new Raptor, be it making calls on their behalf to find the model or referring customers to other dealers, Olliges added.

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Ford partners with Foutz to build 2017 F-150 Raptor for Baja 1000

Ford Motor Company has partnered with Foutz Motorsports to make sure that the new 2017 F-150 Raptor is ready to participate in the Baja 1000. However, since the base version is already a competent and excellent off-road vehicle, the race-spec variant no longer needed to undergo a lot of upgrades. Among the few improvements done are the use of LED for the lighting and fitting in a full race harness.

The fuel cell has been made puncture-resistant and it now comes with racing seats and the safety cage. While the shocks and the springs are retained, they have been improved to ensure that they would be able to bear the additional weight due to the installation of the new kit. Much like the base version, it will have the 4-wheel drive system which has a torque-on-demand transfer case. Meanwhile, the wheels will be wrapped with BFGoodrich K02 tires.

A significant change is that the 2017 F-150 now has a Baja Mode. Once this mode has been triggered, it ensures that the gear shifts are faster with the throttle response being sharpened.

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Hennessey Velociraptor 6x6 Concept based on 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Say hello to the VelociRaptor 6X6 Concept from Hennessey Performance (HPE)! HPE essentially picked out a base 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor truck and transformed it into six-wheel drive off-road vehicle boasting of an output of over 600 horsepower.

The VelociRaptor 6X6 concept – with a starting price of $295,000 – has the base 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor four-door truck, upgraded Fox suspension, 6X6 locking rear axles, special front and rear bumpers, roll bar and LED lights as well as upgraded 20-inch wheels wrapped in off-road tires. For customers seeking a more powerful version, they could avail of HPE’s VelociRaptor 600 twin turbo upgrade, which includes upgraded twin turbochargers, upgraded front mounted air-to-air intercooler and plumbing and stainless steel exhaust modifications, as well as re-tuned factory computer, electronic upgrades and armoring systems.

Moreover, Hennessey's VelociRaptor 6X6 concept is also specified with larger wheels and tires, upgraded Brembo front and rear brake, upgraded LED lighting and customized interiors. This twin turbo upgrade could be availed by new Raptor customers at $22,500. John Hennessey, founder and chief executive of HPE, quipped that the company has built over 800 VelociRaptor modified Raptor trucks for clients around the world in the past five years.

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Besides the impressive GT supercar, Ford also brought at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. The big surprise is found under the hood, where the 2017 F-150 Raptor carries a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine bolted to a 10-speed transmission.

According to Ford the 3.5-liter engine more powerful than the current 6.2-liter V8, which delivers 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the new F-150 Raptor is 6-inches wider than the standard aluminum-bodied F-150 and features its first-ever dual-exhaust and new 17-inch wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires.

Furthermore, the pickup truck uses an all-new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case, with an advanced version of off-road mode driver-assist technology. Ford says that the Raptor’s new case capable to manage power distribution between the front and rear wheels.

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The 2015 Detroit Auto Show promises to be a big event, at least for Ford, which will unveil the redesigned F-150 SVT Raptor and the brand new Focus RS. As expected, the new SVT Raptor will use an aluminum body, just like the standard 2015 Ford F-150 and we expect to show the well-known aggressive design, which is perfect for travelling across the desert at high speeds.

There are no details regarding the debut of the new F-150, but according to Raj Nair a.k.a. company’s group vice president and chief technical officer, the cadence is reasonably close to the base vehicle.

The current SVT Raptor is priced at $46,190, including the $1,195 destination charge. We expect the new model not to offer a dramatic price increase.

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Ford unveiled today the 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition, a new version of its popular pickup truck that adds new touches to Raptor's existing Luxury Package such as a Ruby Red Metallic exterior color and box-side graphics. The interior was not forgotten and the 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition features Brick Red seat bolsters with black inserts and cloth honeycomb highlights, a console top finish panel and center stack and new door panel appliqué accents.

Moreover, the Raptor Special Edition is also available in Tuxedo Black Metallic. The 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition will go on sale this fall and will be powered by the same 6.2-liter V8 engine producing best-in-class 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, bolted to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode and SelectShift Automatic functionality.

The 4WD system features electronic shift-on-the-fly capability for the transfer case. The front axle features a Torsen differential with 4.10 to 1 gearing. The rear axle is also 4.10 to 1, with an electronic-locking differential.

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Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is already an extreme pickup, but if you want more we have the solution: the Shelby Raptor! Unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show, the new Shelby Raptor takes the impressive Ford SVT Raptor to another level and adds a 2.9 liter supercharger on the massive 6.2-liter V8 engine but also a new Shelby Borla exhaust system.

The result: the Raptor delivers 575 hp, from 411 hp! The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that transfers the power to all four wheels. Moreover, the Shelby Raptor comes with 35-inch Goodrich All-Terrain tires and optional custom wheels. Pricing starts at $17,995 and does not include the standard Raptor.

The production is limited to 100 units, and Shelby will built these units per model year. Each will be numbered and documented with a unique Shelby CSM number and entered into the official Shelby Registry. "As a native Texan, Carroll Shelby loved powerful trucks," said John Luft, president of Shelby American. "Carroll connected his love for trucks with his passion for performance on several projects, with the first one over 30 years ago. The latest Shelby truck was created to conquer any terrain with serious velocity."

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A replica of the latest Ford F-150 SVT Raptor high-performance truck is already available and quickly selling out at the toy shops near you. In fact, sales of the Ford high-performance toy truck seem to be a reflection of the top-selling stature of the actual car, which posted a 40% increase in 2012. Already, sales of Raptor licensed products are leading their categories in the toy and gaming segments.

Kids of all ages like playing with the pickup truck and manufacturers know it. The licensing demands on Ford Motor Co. have become so high that the truck has replaced GM’s Hummer brand as the most desired licensed truck. How popular the Raptor’s licensed merchandise is reflects its top position in the performance truck market.

Because of its image as the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup, its sales have gone up this year by 20%, surpassing the record last year. Raptor sales reached the peak in October and November, its first and second best sales months ever. Mark Bentley, licensing manager, Ford Global Brand Licensing, said that when the Raptor was launched in the toy and video game companies three years ago, the company was confident that it had a “winner” in the model.

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Ordering a new 2013 Ford F-150 is bit complicated with the numerous versions and options being offered. Let’s start by stating that it has a starting price of $24,665, inclusive of $995 in destination fees. This base price is $160 higher than that of a comparable 2012 F-150 XL truck. For this base price, the customer gets a base 2013 F-150 XL 4×2, which comes with a regular cab.

Notably, the XL models are the only F150 models offered in two-door form. It also features a 6.5-foot bed, a 3.7-liter V-6, and a six-speed automatic. Upgrading to a 5.0-liter V-8 costs an extra $1,000 while the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is more expensive by $2395. Choosing the four-wheel drive means an additional $4640. The F-150 trim lineup only got modest revisions year-to-year so its pricing hasn’t changed much too. A 2013 F-150 STX starts at $25,935, which is just $175 higher than last year’s price.

A 2013 XLT has a base price of $29,680, which represents a $470 increase over a 2012 model. A 2013 F-150 FX2 costs $35,835 (higher by $760), a 2013 Lariat $36,830 (higher by $515), and a 2013 FX4 $39,765 (higher by $760). Of course, the price goes up when the customer wishes to fiddle with the engine, driveline, cab, bed, and content specifications.

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The Addictive Desert Design/JPM Coachworks Luxury Performance Raptor that will be shown at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas is the work of the best aftermarket companies in the industry. This is based on a black-on-black 2011 Raptor SVT SuperCrew, which by itself is already impressive as it’s one of the most extreme off-road trucks ever built by its factory.

Hennessey Performance gave it the VelociRaptor 600 SC package, which adds a supercharger so that it could have an output of 605hp. The Raptor was then sent to JPM Coachworks in Temple, Georgia, to receive a complete interior overhaul that features Royal Hides from Edelman Leather and Alcantara.

It then traveled to High Desert Mobile in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to get an audio upgrade including Mosconi amplifiers, Blackhole sound deadening, and Tsunami wiring harnesses and connectors.

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Ford unveiled today the 2012 F-150 SVT Raptor and, as expected, the new model year comes with a variety of new technologies as well as interior and exterior updates. First of all we have to mention the new Torsen front differential, a system that increases grip significantly for the front end of the truck and allows it to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades.

An internal helical gearset is used to help force torque from the wheel that is losing traction to the wheel with traction. Moreover, the 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor offers an off-road front camera system, which will give drivers a unique view of what’s happening in front of their truck making you believe that you’re playing a real driving game.

The camera uses the 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen and according to Ford, it will help customers to see what’s directly in front of the vehicle, even when their view from the driver’s seat might be blocked. The front camera can be ordered with the Navigation System and it was designed to aid at speeds of less than 15 mph in challenging off-road environments.

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If you don’t like the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor which was unveiled a week ago and need to feel safer in an armored vehicle, Hennessey has the solution and introduced today the Hennessey Armored Performance Vehicles (APV).

This new programme will apply the company’s philosophy and will improve the acceleration, braking and handling performance on late-model armored vehicles.

What you see in the photos is the 2012 Hennessey VelociRaptor APV based on the new Ford Raptor SuperCrew. This car offers a combination of armor protection, vehicle performance, passenger comfort and safety.

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Ford unveiled today the 2011 F-150 SVT Raptor, the latest version of the popular pickup truck which introduces the SuperCrew option as well as a new standard 6.2-liter V8 engine pumping out 411 horsepower and new technologies.

Set to remain the off-road performance truck champion, the new model year introduces the new SuperCrew option, which has a 145-inch-wheelbase and still delivering the same performances.

As we said, the car introduces a new standard 6.2-liter V8 engine delivering 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque but also a larger 36-gallon fuel tank and increased towing capability – rated at 8,000 pounds. A new color is available: Ingot Silver Metallic, which will come with the standard black interior or, as an option, with the Molten Orange Interior Accent Package.

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As you may know already Ford is the leader in tough trucks and in order to sustain its reputation unveiled today the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT, a high-performance off-road truck, a new vehicle built for desert off-road racing. The new truck features a new distinctive grille with the Ford name carved into it, a new front bumper, vented hood, new extended fenders, functional hood extractors, fender extractors with SVT logo and new FOX Racing Shox.

For better stability the vehicle is with 7 inches wider than the standard F-150 truck, this difference being marked by the designers with distinctive marker lamps.

Under the hood we have a 5.4-liter V8 engine, found also on the standard F-150, that is capable to deliver 320 hp and 528 Nm of torque (390 lb.-ft.). But don't be sad because according to the manufacturer a new 6.2-liter V8 engine will be available after launch which will increase even more the performances of the vehicle.

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For the seventh time in as many years, a Ford F-Series truck was named "Truck of Texas" by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA). For 2009, the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor earned this recognition as well as the best "Full-size Pickup Truck" award. Moreover, Ford trucks were named as the "Truck Line of Texas."

Additionally, Ford Work Solutions -- a suite of productivity technologies conceptualized and developed for commercial truck owners – was awarded as the "Outstanding Feature." Ford Work Solutions features an in-dash computer that could connect with the home office as well as a Tool Link that allows truck owners to keep track of expensive tools and equipment.

Moreover Ford Work Solutions includes Cable Lock that locks up tools in the open truck box, and the Crew Chief telematics system that allows fleet managers to exercise more control over their fleet of vehicles. The new Ford F-150 truly deserved the “Truck of Texas” award, as it dominates its class in terms of towing capability (11,300 pounds) and hauling capacity (3,030 pounds).

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Ram wants to rival Ford's F-150 SVT Raptor, which is acclaimed for being one mean purpose-built off-roader. Ram has tasked its Mopar performance division to design a high-speed off-roader of its own based on the new Ram 1500 half-ton pickup.

The debut of this car is expected at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.

PickupTrucks said that the truck hasn't been confirmed to be going into production and that for now, this project vehicle only aims to do some real world research.

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It is already an open secret that the newest Police Interceptor Utility is the police cruiser version of the 2020 Ford Explorer. But there is surprise. As revealed at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Police Interceptor Utility comes with a hybrid variant, which basically implies the upcoming launch of the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid.

The new Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid will be joining Ford’s armored lineup of pursuit-rated vehicles that will include the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, F-150 Police Responder, F-150 SSV, Expedition SSV and Transit PTV as well as the SSV Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. The new Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid is expected to further boost Ford’s dominance of the law enforcement community, as the carmaker accounted for around 65 percent of police vehicle sales in the US (data is as of 2007).

Ford now offers three powertrain choices for the all-new Police Interceptor Utility. The 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain comes as standard, while a 3.3-liter V6 engine and 3.0-liter EcoBoost mill are also available. All of these are mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, as complemented by a full-time Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and deep snow/sand traction control mode.

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Ford Motor Co.’s Explorer family of sports utility vehicles has just been expanded with the arrival of two new models. The base, XLT, Limited and Platinum models of the Explorer are welcoming their newest family members – the Explorer ST and the Explorer Hybrid. All of these models are built at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant.

The new Ford Explorer Hybrid is the first dedicated hybrid model in the Explorer family. It is powered by a 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain that is expected to deliver 318 hp of total system output, which is sent to the rear wheels of the Explorer Hybrid. Ford is aiming to make the Explorer Hybrid capable of returning more than 500 miles of range before having to refuel.

Furthering the capability of the hybrid powertrain of the new Ford Explorer Hybrid is an all-new 10-speed modular hybrid transmission as well as a liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery. Since the battery is built into the chassis just below the second-row seats, the cargo and passenger room of the Explorer Hybrid remains the same as it conventionally powered siblings.

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Ford surprised visitors at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan when it introduced the all-new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which it touts as the most powerful street-legal Ford so far. The Mustang Shelby GT500 will arrive in Fall 2019, with prices to be announced close to launch date.

Basically a Mustang without a pony logo but with a cobra badge, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will be powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine with Eaton 2.65-liter Supercharger. This mill is mated to a segment-first dual-clutch transmission, a Tremec 7-speed dual clutch transmission that is capable of shifts in under 100 milliseconds.

Ford didn’t disclose the exact output numbers for the 5.2-liter V8 engine, but said that this mill is capable of deliver more than 700 of whooping horsepower. According to Ford, this should allow the new Mustang Shelby GT500 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in mid-three seconds and reach a quarter mile in sub-11 seconds.

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