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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor undergoing torture testing

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor undergoing torture testing

  

We are still enjoying the look of the 2015 and 2016 Ford
F-150 Raptor but Ford isn't resting on its laurels. The
future version, the 2017 Raptor, is currently undergoing the same kind of
torture testing its predecessors undertook. All designed to build confidence in
the brand and convince buyers the new platform is more than up to the task.

This week the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor took on the Desert
Torture Test. The test is 1,000 miles of driving in the hot, dusty and very
tough southwestern desert in the U.S. We covered the 2016 version when the
engine and truck took on some serious torture testing last year. It seems Ford
liked the PR it got and is doing it all over again.

The desert testing uses a 66 mile route that simulates the
Baja thousand mile off road race. The route includes everything from ruts,
climbs, obstacles, silt beds, dunes, washes, deep sand and some very technical
sections. Durability played a big part in this testing, with the course
designed specifically to put the truck through its paces. According to the
release Ford put out, the course also included a steep jump to really work the
truck.

It is safe to say that if a truck can cope with this kind of
terrain, it can cope with the city streets where most Raptors call home!

According to Ford, the prototype that will become the 2017
Ford F-150 Raptor completed the course a full 25% faster than the current
model. It averaged 50 mph over the course with spurts of over 100 mph.

Here's what Ford had to say about the testing.

"Over 1,028 miles of desert trail designed to parallel
the Baja race course in Mexico, the 66-mile route featured a wide range of
surfaces including fast sandy washes, deep-rutted silt beds, steep climbs in
deep sand, and slow meticulous crawls through tight trenches. The truck topped
speeds of 100 mph in places, slowing to 10 mph in others, for an average speed of
approximately 50 mph. The 2017 Raptor is 25 percent faster than the current
truck based on lap times.

"At the end of each lap, the new Raptor completed a
tabletop jump consisting of a steep ramp up to a two-foot plateau, then a
step-off back to level ground. The vehicles tested were early build prototypes
made from a mix of 2015 F-150 and 2017 F-150 Raptor components.

"As is the case with all Built Ford Tough trucks, Ford
engineers pushed the new Raptor harder in a few days than it will be pushed
over the lifetime of a typical vehicle – far exceeding what an owner would do
on the trail.

"Testing of the next Raptor, first revealed earlier
this year, continues into 2016. The 2017 F-150 Raptor goes on sale in fall
2016."

Check out the current version at Northway Ford Lincoln, 388
King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.

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