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Ford Batters 2017 F-150 Raptor in Desert Testing

July 08, 2015

Photo courtesy of Ford.
Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford recently completed more than 1,000 miles testing for the the 2017 F-150 Raptor. 

The F-150 Raptor was tested on a wide range of surfaces on a 66-mile route in the Southwestern United States. Rough conditions included fast sandy washes, deep-rutted silt beds, steep climbs in deep sand, and slow crawls through tight trenches.

During testing, the F-150 Raptor topped speeds of 100 mph. Its overall lap times were 25 percent faster than the 2015 F-150, according to the automaker. At the end of each lap, the 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 in these conditions were early build prototypes made from a mix of 2015 F-150 and 2017 F-150 Raptor components, according to the automaker. 

Testing will continue into 2016 and the final finished product will go on sale in fall 2016, according to the automaker.

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