2019 Ford F-150 Raptor is easier to drive in bumpy roads

Article by Christian A., on June 14, 2018

The Ford F-150 Raptor is probably one of the coolest offroad vehicles out there, and the great news is that the automaker already has planned upgrades for the 2019 model year, to make the already rugged pickup even more capable. The upgraded truck will be easier to drive even on extremely bumpy roads, and this will be out in dealerships by the end of the year.

The Blue Oval will further improve the Raptor suspension after already fitting larger diameter FOX Racing shocks for the 2017 model year upgrade. The newest version features Live Valve technology that varies compression rates to adjust the damping to the terrain ahead.

This adapts to the terrain in real time to actively maximize handling, comfort and bottom out resistance. Sensors found on the suspension and body can monitor what’s happening while tweaking the setup accordingly. The technology will even be aware of when the pickup is in the air when it jumps, stiffening the dampers to ensure a smoother landing.

Furthermore, the 2019 model year will benefit from a Trail Control system that acts like cruise control for low speed, off road driving. Drivers can activate the technology from one to 20 miles per hour, where the vehicle will then take over to keep moving forward at a constant speed, this includes powering and braking individual wheels are necessary. This also allows the person behind the wheels to focus on just steering.

Inside the cabin of the updated F-150 Raptor are new Recaro sport seats as part of the optional interior accent package. These feature larger bolsters than the current chairs and have a blue Alcantara center sections with accent stitching in a sapphire shade like that of the Light Speed color inside the Ford GT.

For buyers who would like to personalize their 2019 Raptor, they have a few other choices of options. For instance, the exterior of the truck is available in three new colours including Velocity Blue, Performance Blue, and Agate Black. There’s also a revised appearance for the “Ford” rear applique that features two tone styling. There is also a set of beadlock capable wheels that will be available.

Under the hood of the 2019 Raptor is the same powertrain, and that is the same 3.5 liter biturbo V6 that produces 450 horsepower (336 kilowatts) and 510 pound feet (692 Newton metres) of torque. There is also a 10 speed automatic gearbox that has a high-low transfer case as well as a four wheel drive to take care of getting the power to the ground.

Press Release

Upgraded F-150 Raptor Raises Bar Again in Ultimate OffRoad Performance with Smarter Shocks, New Trail Control

Ford is making its iconic F-150 Raptor – the ultimate highperformance
off-road pickup – even better with upgraded technology including class-exclusive,
electronically controlled FOX Racing Shox, new Trail Control™ and all-new Recaro sport seats.
The upgrades are focused on key components that have made F-150 Raptor the benchmark in
off-road trucks for an even tougher, smarter, more capable trail runner.

“Raptor’s success is rooted in its incredible suspension, superb vehicle control and the
confidence the truck instills in its owners,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford
Performance vehicle programs. “Upgrades to the 2019 F-150 Raptor have improved all three to
new levels that the competition will have to benchmark – again.”

While Raptor has plenty of torque and horsepower, building a high-performance off-road truck
isn’t just about engine power – it’s also about the suspension. Raptor’s suspension upgrades
make it even more capable of clawing away at the terrain.

To enhance Raptor’s already proven internal bypass shocks, Ford Performance worked directly
with FOX to develop all-new electronically controlled Live Valve technology for the new platform
that continuously adjusts damping in real-time. This class-exclusive setup uses sensors in the
suspension and body to maximize comfort, handling and bottom-out resistance.

“By automatically varying compression rates, Raptor can now make the most of its suspension
travel of 13 inches at the front and 13.9 inches at the rear,” said Salenbauch. “The 2019 Raptor
is not just more capable off-road. It’s smarter.”

Paired with Raptor’s Terrain Management System™, Live Valve suspension technology can
increase the truck’s high-speed off-road capability while also enabling smooth on-road driving
performance.

“Not many trucks need sensors to detect when you are midair,” said Salenbauch. “Raptor sets
the dampers to full stiffness to help smooth shock performance as the truck lands.”

Low-speed performance off-road is also improved. New Trail Control helps F-150 Raptor drivers
navigate challenging conditions. It’s like cruise control for low-speed, rugged terrain,
automatically adjusting power and braking to each individual wheel to allow drivers to focus on
steering over rugged terrain. Trail Control can be activated at speeds from 1 mph up to 20 mph
depending on driveline position.

The system makes everything easier – from driving on a simple two-track trail to traversing a
rocky hill climb. Not only can Trail Control automatically draw significant engine torque to
overcome steep obstacles, it can individually brake the wheels so the truck comes down
smoothly on the other side.

Raptor drivers now have enhanced seats to help keep them firmly in place for improved
confidence at low and high speeds. All-new Recaro sport seats provide aggressive support with
generous bolstering in the seat back and cushion. This available seat design features blue
Alcantara inserts and accent stitching inspired by the Light Speed-colored interior of the Ford
GT supercar.

Raptor’s aggressive exterior gets even more intense for 2019 with eye-catching new colors
including Ford Performance Blue, Velocity Blue and Agate Black. An enhanced rear appliqué
and available newly designed beadlock-capable wheels round out the new look.

The upgraded 2019 F-150 Raptor will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant. It goes on sale in late
2018.

 

Source: Ford

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