Ford F-150 RaptorThe all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has already unleashed its power and tackles down every challenge before it in the 2016 Best in the Desert off-road racing series. Geared with a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost power unit, mated to a 10-speed gearbox, this monster can finally show to the world its full potential.

Furthermore, the gigantic Raptor comes with high-strength steel components, Torsen front differential that boosts the overall performance and also increasing the grip for the front end. There is also a dual exhaust and unique Ford Performance 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels with latest generation of BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires.

Torsen front differential boosts off-road capability further, significantly increasing grip for the front end and allowing the truck to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades – even when traction is split between the front tires.

And especially for this year's event, Ford team made some more upgrades. Raptor now benefits from race-optimized three-inch-diameter external-bypass front and rear Fox Racing Shocks, Race-optimized front and rear springs, custom-made fabricated roll cage, MasterCraft seats with five-point safety belts, LED light bars, racing fuel cell, Lowrance GPS, RacePak digital dash and more.

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor and its performance rates

The monstrous 3.5-liter EcoBoost unit produces a total of 411hp (302kW)  and 434lb-ft. of torque. This makes the new engine far more powerful and efficient, compared to the 6.2-liter V8 that was the recent choice for Ford team.

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There is also a new technology that manages the power distribution between the front and rear wheels that combines the best attributes of clutch-driven, on demand AWD with durable and trustworthy locking four-wheel drive. Sweet, right?

The special vehicle also displays the off-road driving mode technology, known as Terrain Management System. It enables the driver to select modes that would eventually optimize the driving dynamics in every given tack situation.

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Where can you see the new Raptor machine:

  • Parker 425, Parker, Arizona, Feb. 4-7
  • Mint 400, Las Vegas, March 10-14
  • Laughlin Desert Classic, Laughlin, Nevada, May 5
  • Vegas to Reno, Nevada, Aug. 17-20
  • Bluewater Challenge, Parker, Arizona, Sept. 10-Oct. 6
  • Pahrump Nugget 250, Pahrump, Nevada, Dec. 1-4

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Source: Ford