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Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Preps For ’09 “Best In The Desert” Series

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Looking to drum up a little well-deserved publicity for their newest production speciality truck, Ford announced today that the F-150 SVT Raptor R will be running in the 2009 “Best In The Desert” rally series. Scheduled to hit dealerships in mid-summer as the first baja-ready production pickup truck to ever hit the market, the Raptor’s run through the “Best In The Desert” series race is primarily intended to serve as a surrogate testing facility. “This is a great opportunity for everyone involved in the Raptor program to get more real-time data on how the truck performs in the most extreme conditions,” said Cliff Irey, Manager of truck motorsports for Ford Racing Technology. “We need to push the truck harder than we’d ever expect our customers would to ensure that the production F-150 SVT Raptor is the ultimate factory-available high-speed off-road truck.”

When the production Raptor drops this summer, it will come standard-equipped with a Flex Fuel 5.4-liter V8 engine producing 320hp, 390 ft.-lbs. of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Staying true to their promise of a “baja-ready” truck, the F-150 SVT Raptor is also equipped with
internal-bypass FOX Racing Shox, 35″ BFGoodrich® All-Terrain tires, specially calibrated “Off-Road” mode stability control, and Hill Descent. Capable of achieving 11.2-inches of suspension travel in the front, and 12.1-inches of travel in back, the F-150 Raptor also features an electronically selectable 4WD system with an E-locker rear differential that, when engaged, remains locked even at high speeds.

For hardcore dune crawlers who need more giddyup in their desert hauler, Ford is currently developing a new 400-hp 6.2L V8 they plan to introduce into the Raptor as early as next year.

PRESS RELEASE

FORD F-150 SVT RAPTOR R TO RUN “BEST IN THE DESERT” SERIES IN 2009, PROVING DURABILITY AND RELIABILITY

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 5, 2009 – Ford Racing and Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) announced today that the F-150 SVT Raptor R, the same truck that finished third in class at the 41st SCORE Tecate Baja 1000, will run in the 2009 “Best In The Desert” race series. The truck will be driven by veteran Ford truck racers and former “Rough Riders” Rob MacCachren and Steve Olliges. The privately funded team will run all five points races for 2009 in the Raptor R to continue testing the durability of the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor and its production components.

Prepared for racing in off-road endurance events, the F-150 SVT Raptor R demonstrates the toughness and durability built into every F-150 by using stock components, including the stock fully boxed frame that delivers class-leading towing and hauling in the F-150. The race truck is powered by a specially modified and calibrated 500 horsepower version of the production 6.2-liter V-8 engine and is mounted to a production-spec six-speed automatic F-150 transmission.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone involved in the Raptor program to get more real-time data on how the truck performs in the most extreme conditions,” stated Cliff Irey, Manager of truck motorsports for Ford Racing Technology. “We need to push the truck harder than we’d ever expect our customers would to ensure that the production F-150 SVT Raptor is the ultimate factory-available high-speed off-road truck.”

Drivers Rob MacCachren and Steve Olliges each have impressive racing resumes, both winning numerous off-roading championships. MacCachren has won over 100 events and 15 championships in his career to date. Olliges has 30 class wins as well as seven off-road championships. Both drivers have also won their respective classes in the prestigious Baja 1000 during their careers.

The F-150 SVT Raptor is like no other truck available on the market today and demonstrates Ford’s commitment to delivering unique production based performance vehicles. The F-150 SVT Raptor will be available at dealerships this summer with a Flex Fuel 5.4-liter V-8 engine making 320hp, 390 ft.-lbs. of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission. The electronically selectable four-wheel drive system also has an E-locker rear differential that, when engaged, stays locked even at high speeds. Raptor will be available with an all-new 6.2-liter V-8 early next year. Engineers are targeting 400hp and 400 ft.-lbs. of torque for the new engine.

The production F-150 SVT Raptor had been developed with the DNA of an off-road pre-runner. Exclusive internal-bypass FOX Racing Shox, specially developed 35-inch BFGoodrich® All-Terrain tires, seven-inch wider track, specially calibrated “Off-Road” mode stability control, and Hill Descent give Raptor a high level of control in off-road situations. With 11.2-inches of front suspension travel, 12.1-inches out back, and patented internal-bypass dampers, Raptor is just as adept at handling the rough stuff at high-speeds as many other trucks are at a crawl.

The F-150 SVT Raptor R also serves as a test bed for the development of a lineup of race-proven, desert-tested, off-road performance parts that will be available through the Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog.

More information on the F-150 SVT Raptor can be found at www.f150svtraptor.com.

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