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

Article by Christian A., on November 3, 2016

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.

Activating this mode also results in the transmission being locked and shifted to the high-ratio four-wheel drive. It also ensures that the Advance Trac traction/stability does not need to intervene that much. The Baja Mode is but one of six modes under the Terrain Management System with the other five being the Normal, Sport, Rock Crawl, Mud/Sand, and Weather.

Powering the race version of the F-150 Raptor is the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of offering power of 335 kW (450 hp) with peak torque of 691 Nm (510 lbs.-ft.). This engine is coupled with the automatic 10-speed transmission.

Once the new F-150 Raptor is ready, it will be driven during the Baja 1000 by Greg Foutz, a four-time winner of the Baja 1000. According to Foutz, he is more than confident in the capabilities of this modified version and guarantees that this variant is better compared to the original F-150 Raptor, the same model that he used during the Baja 1000 back in 2008. Indeed, everything on the modified version is excellent, Foutz added, from the engine, to the transmission, and even the calibrations of the powertrain. Helping the new version become better are the extra two inches for the wheels and the 10-speed transmission, continued Foutz.

While the modified F-150 Raptor will participate in the Baja 1000 on November 16, Ford revealed that it will put this model on display at the start of the 2016 SEMA Show all the way until Friday. Although Blue Oval has yet to reveal what the exact price is, a leaked ordering guide has shown that the SuperCrew body style starts from $52,505 with the SuperCab variant starting at $49,520.

Press Release

FORD RETURNS TO BAJA 1000 WITH ALL-NEW 2017 F-150 RAPTOR

Ford to run in 49th SCORE Baja 1000 – one of the toughest off-road races in the world – with all-new F-150 Raptor in stock full class competition, Nov. 16-20; Raptor race truck to preview at 2016 SEMA show, Nov. 1-4
Ford Performance and Greg Foutz Motorsports are fielding a pre-production 2017 F-150 Raptor – the toughest, smartest, most capable Raptor ever – as a validation platform for performance and durability testing
In its inaugural run in the 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in 2008, first-generation Ford SVT F-150 Raptor R finished third in class 8 competition, completing the grueling 631-mile race in 25 hours, 28 minutes and 10 seconds

Ford, America’s truck leader for nearly 40 years, will enter its all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor in the 49th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 off-road endurance event, Nov. 16-20. Four-time Baja 1000 winner Greg Foutz will pilot the truck. Ahead of the race, the Ford Performance-supported F-150 Raptor will be on display at the 2016 SEMA show, Nov. 1-4.

Powered by an all-new high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine that delivers 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, the Baja-bound F-150 Raptor race truck showcases the level of performance this purpose-built off-road vehicle will offer straight from the showroom floor.

Given the truck’s unmatched all-terrain, all-condition capabilities, the Foutz Motorsports team only had to add a chromalloy steel safety cage, puncture-resistant fuel cell, racing seats and full race harness, along with LED lighting courtesy of Rigid Industries to meet SCORE rules. The factory-spec Raptor springs and Fox Racing shocks were revised to accommodate the added weight from the safety cage and fuel cell.

Foutz has run the new Raptor in several Best in the Desert events in 2016, including the most recent 645-mile General Tire Vegas to Reno race in August, which he completed in 15 hours.

Foutz says this all-new Raptor is the most production-based truck he’s ever raced. “The stock engine, transmission and powertrain calibrations are phenomenal,” he says. “Suspension-wise, everything else – including its wheels and BFGoodrich K02 tires – is carried over from the 2017 production model.”

Other production vehicle updates that carry over to the race truck include the high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame, all-new six-mode Terrain Management System™ and advanced four-wheel-drive torque-on-demand transfer case.

Foutz says having raced the first-generation F-150 Raptor at Baja in 2008, the new truck’s multiple innovations and advanced technologies make it not just easier and better to drive, but also to race. “There are an extra two inches of wheel travel, plus the all-new 10-speed transmission never has to hunt for the right gear,” he says. “The new Baja mode keeps the turbo spooled up – it’s miles better than the previous off-road mode.”

Along with running its first-generation Raptor in the grueling desert endurance race in Mexico, Ford’s long history at Baja includes racing its F-Series Super Duty as well.

Ford Performance engineers use the race truck program as a platform to share technology and prove out their trucks in the real world. Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance chief engineer, says the testing helps to create exciting products that not only perform, but deliver Built Ford Tough capability and durability. “We take what we learn in off-road competition with a factory stock truck to further refine our design and engineering attributes,” he says.

Ford Performance Expands as Brand Halo

Set to deliver 12 new vehicles by 2020, Ford Performance leverages its racing efforts and expertise to speed innovations on dedicated performance models and performance parts. The group works to quickly iterate the latest technologies that can ultimately be applied across Ford Motor Company’s entire passenger vehicle lineup.

The performance segment is a growing business for Ford, as the company recognizes a customer desire for vehicles that offer excellent fuel economy, leading technology and a great driving experience. Along with F-150 Raptor, the Ford Performance lineup includes the Ford GT supercar, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R Mustangs, Focus RS, Focus ST and Fiesta ST.

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