Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R beendet erfolgreich das Baja 1000 Rennen

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R beendet erfolgreich das Baja 1000 Rennen

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Ford hat vor kurzem den neuen F-150 SVT Raptor vorgestellt. Als Feuerprobe schickte Ford, diesen neuen, etwas umgebauten, Pickup in der Version R, jetzt in das Baja 1000 Rennen, wo eine Strecke von 631 Meilen absolviert werden musste. Damit zählt die Baja neben der Rally Dakar, zu den längsten und härtesten Rallys der Welt. Ziel war es mit dem Raptor im Ziel anzukommen und dieses Ziel wurde auch ohne Probleme erreicht. Man belegte sogar den dritten Platz in seiner Klasse.

PRESS RELEASE:

ENSENADA, MEXICO, Nov. 25, 2008 – The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R race truck, based on the production version of the upcoming 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor, survived the grueling 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, finishing the 631 mile race in 25:28:10.

Considered one of the toughest off-road races in the world, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R race truck that participated in the Baja 1000 was a collaboration between the Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT), Ford Racing, and Foutz Motorsports Inc. The pickup was entered into the race to test the durability and performance of the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor, which goes on sale in the summer of 2009.

„We engineered the F-150 SVT Raptor to be the best high-speed off-road performance truck available right off the showroom floor, and finishing the Baja 1000 proves this,“ stated Jamal Hameedi, SVT’s Chief Nameplate Engineer. „Now we need to analyze all the engineering data from the race and apply lessons learned to the production truck, ensuring that the truck delivered to customers exceeds their expectations.“

Prepared for racing in long distance off-road endurance events, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R uses stock components of F-150 SVT Raptor, including the transmission, brakes and axles. The frame – the part of the truck that will take the most stress – is the same proven fully boxed frame that delivers class-leading towing and hauling in the all-new 2009 Ford F-150 that went on sale in October. The Raptor race truck is powered by a specially-calibrated version of the available 6.2-liter V-8 engine, making 500-horsepower.

Even if the typical Ford customer will not be putting their truck through the punishing paces of the Baja 1000, the point is, they could.

The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R in the Baja 1000 also served 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 catalog.

„This was very exciting for all involved,“ said Jamie Allison, sales and marketing manager for Ford Racing. „Even with the extreme capability of the F-150 SVT Raptor right out of the box, we know our customers will want to take its performance to an even higher level. This race truck will be invaluable to Ford Racing as we examine what performance parts we’ll be able to offer customers for the production Raptor.“

Ford brought some of the best stock class off-road truck drivers together to drive the F-150 SVT Raptor R in the Baja 1000. Drivers of record were Steve Olliges, Randy Merritt, Greg Foutz, Bud Brutsman, and SVT Vehicle Development Engineer Gene Martindale.

[Source: Ford]

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