2017 Ford F150 Raptor wraps up desert durability testing

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is now one step closer to production, since Ford has announced that prototypes have recently completed more than 1,000 miles of testing in the southwestern United States.

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The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is now one step closer to production, since Ford has announced that prototypes have recently completed more than 1,000 miles of testing in the southwestern United States.
Over 1,028 miles of desert trail designed to parallel the Baja race course in Mexico, which featured a wide range of surfaces including fast sandy washes, deep-rutted silt beds, steep climbs in deep sand, and slow meticulous crawls through tight trenches. The truck topped speeds of 100 mph in places, slowing to 10 mph in others, for an average speed of approximately 50 mph.

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The 2017 F-150 Raptor is 25 percent faster than the current truck based on lap times. Part of the faster times can be attributed to the new twin-turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine that will generate around 450-hp, which is a nice jump compared to the current 411-hp 6.2L V8.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

The 2017 F-150 Raptor goes on sale in fall 2016.

Source: Ford