Ford’s 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, has completed more than 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of desert trail testing in southwestern United States.
The high-performance F-150 was put to the test completing a desert trail designed to parallel the Baja race course in Maxico with over 1,028 miles (1,654 km) of desert terrain. The route featured a wide range of surfaces including fast sandy washes, deep-rutted silt beds, steep climbs in deep sand, and slow crawls through tight trenches.
Ford says the 2017 Ford Raptor topped speeds of 100 mph (161 mph) in places, slowing to 10 mph (16 km/h) in others, for an average speed of approximately 50 mph (80 km/h). Based the 2017 Ford Raptor lap times it is 25% faster than current Ford Raptor models.
At the end of each lap, was a tabletop jump consisting of a steep ramp to a two-foot plateau that the new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor jumped. The vehicles tested were early build prototypes made from a mix of 2015 F-150 Raptor and 2017 F-150 Raptor components.
According to Ford, engineers pushed the 2017 Ford Raptor harder in a few days than it will ever be pushed by normal lifetime use, far exceeding what an owner would do on the trail. Ford will continue testing the next Raptor next year, with sales scheduled to begin in fall 2016.