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.