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Ford Details Special 2017 Raptor Tires

June 02, 2016

Photo courtesy of Ford.
Photo courtesy of Ford.

BFGoodrich has developed a special set of tires for the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor that improve performance and increase comfort, according to Ford.

Raptor’s BFGoodrich all-terrain T/A KO2 tires were developed with the truck’s chassis. As as the platform developed, the tires changed along with it, according to Ford.

A new tread pattern features an optimized contact patch with more tread area, wide channels between the tread, and large sidewall lugs to enhance off-road performance and improve wear life. Strong steel and nylon belts enable the tires to conform better to the road to make the truck more comfortable on the street.

Ford and BFGoodrich engineers went through more than a dozen variations to ensure the tires matched the extreme performance expected from Raptor. Several hundred hours were spent using computer simulations to predict how the tires would react in real-world driving situations.

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