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.
Though we have not seen the interior of the F-150 Raptor, EAA says that the cabin received a few upgrades too. The upgrade includes a bespoke sound system that will definitely cancel any background noise like the engine's grunt.
A standard Ford F-150 Raptor can be had at a starting price of $49,520, while a fully loaded model can reach $72,965. Now, your guess is as good as mine on how much the starting bid of this aviation-themed model will be, and how much people will be willing to pay for this one-of-a-kind truck. Last year, EAA was able to raise the ninth Ford Mustang, a Shelby GT350 Ole Yeller for a whopping $295,000.
For those who didn't know, this will not be the very first F-150 Raptor that will be put up for auction. Last January at the Barrett-Jackson event, the last 2017MY went on auction and was sold for $157,000. The whole amount was directed to the JDRF global organization to fight type 1 diabetes.
This annual event held at the EAA Aviation Museum has gathered over 1,000 aviation enthusiasts who support engineers, aviators, and flight professionals of the future, including familiar names such as Harrison Ford, John Travolta and Morgan Freeman. Attendees at the Gathering of Eagles, as well as those prequalified to bid through phone, can bid on the F-150 Raptor during the sale.