Ford shows F-150 Raptor tackling sand dunes [Video]
Ford has released another prototype testing video for the next-generation F-150 Raptor.
Viewed from a drone in the air, the prototypes tackle sand dunes at the Silver Lake State Park in Michigan. The vehicles appear to be driving in the park’s 450-acre off-road area, providing a mix of open sand dunes, trails through vegetation and water obstacles to dodge or blast through.
Ford claims the new Raptor’s larger FOX Racing shocks provide more suspension travel to help improve off-road capabilities. An all-new terrain management system and available Torsen front differential further enhance performance, significantly increasing grip for the front end.
The prototype vehicles are currently clad in typical F-150 bodywork, however the production models will feature the more aggressive black-out look of the concept that appeared in Detroit.
Despite switching to a downsized 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, the redesigned Raptor is claimed to bring even more power than the outgoing V8’s 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. Its power-to-weight ratio should improve by an even wider margin, thanks to an aluminum body that should save a few hundred pounds.
The 2017 F-150 Raptor will arrive in showrooms by Fall 2016.