High-performance Ford Ranger Raptor pick-up truck to deliver 210bhp and 500Nm of torque ‘A motocross bike, snowmobile and an ATV rolled up into a pickup truck’ – that’s how the head of Ford Performance describes the new Ranger Raptor.
Revealed today in Thailand, where it will be built, the Raptor is a new high-performance version to sit at the top of Ford’s pick-up range. It’s been developed by Ford Performance and includes a host of upgrades over the standard model that take the phrase ‘rough and tumble’ to new extremes.
From the outside, you can’t fail to notice the new grille, extra ground clearance and LED fog lamps in the front bumper. Those bumpers have to be flared so that they can accommodate the larger wheels, which are mounted on long-travel suspension.
As the vehicle is intended to go a very long way off the beaten track, the front bumpers are made of composite materials that are better able to withstand the expected dents and dings. The side steps are made from a tough aluminium alloy and include holes to drain sand, mud and snow.
Inside the rough and tough theme continues, with unique seats that are designed to give greater support at high speeds off-road, and they include suede sections to hold occupants in place. There’s even a red stripe on the steering wheel to show which way the wheel is pointing.
Naturally, the Raptor’s chassis, too, has been considerably upgraded to cope with the demands of high-speed use off-road. So, not only is the frame tougher and stiffer, but the brakes have been upgraded too. The race-bred suspension has been set up to tackle undulating off-road terrain at speed, as well as giving a comfortable ride on-road.
Source - www.autoexpress.co.uk
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