Years ago I spent a lot of time in and around Tucson, Arizona. Back in those days, the U.S. Border Patrol ran a fleet of Ford Thunderbird Super Coupes and 5.0 liter Mustangs as chase cars on Interstates 19 and 10. I never saw what they used off-road, but I’m sure their fleet consisted mostly of stock Ford 4×4 pickups. Times have changed, and the Border Patrol’s mission has changed as well, so it stands to reason that the agency would want the latest, off-road rapid response vehicles in their fleet. I can’t think of a better truck than the extended cab Ford Raptor, and apparently the Border Patrol agrees with my assessment.
As Autoblog point out, there was one problem with buying the Raptors for the Border Patrol fleet. U.S. government vehicle procurement policies prohibit buying vehicles with leather seating, and the Raptor only comes with leather seats. A few phone calls to Ford management allowed the Border Patrol to place a special order for Ford Raptors with cloth seating, so it was problem solved and deliveries have begun. The trucks will be used to patrol the remote border between Mexico and Arizona, and give gear heads one more reason to consider a career in federal law enforcement. Come to think of it, being paid to blast around the desert in a Raptor is my kind of job. Maybe I should make an effort to learn Spanish, since I don’t think there’s much demand for border patrol agents who speak German.