FORD Raptor Enters Parker 425 Best In The Desert Series 2009


UPDATED TODAY, Friday February 6, 2009

"The truck will be driven by veteran Ford truck racers and former “Rough Riders” Rob MacCachren and Steve Olliges. Both the drivers, Rob MacCachren and Steve Olliges have impressive racing record. They have won numerous off-roading championships. Their winning streak shows, MacCachren has won over 100 events and 15 championships in his career. Olliges has 30 class wins as well as seven off-road championships. Both, MacCachren and Olliges, have also won their respective classes in the prestigious Baja 1000 during their careers. It is a privately funded team that will run all five points races for 2009 in the Raptor R in order to test the durability of the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor and its production components.

F-150 SVT Raptor R is made for racing in off-road endurance events. The truck promises the toughness and durability in its components, including the stock fully boxed frame. The truck is powered by a modified and calibrated 500 horsepower version of the production 6.2-liter V-8 engine and is mounted to a production-spec six-speed automatic F-150 transmission.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone involved in the Raptor program to get more real-time data on how the truck performs in the most extreme conditions,” stated Cliff Irey, Manager of truck motorsports for Ford Racing Technology. He further added “We need to push the truck harder than we'd ever expect our customers would to ensure that the production F-150 SVT Raptor is the ultimate factory-available high-speed off-road truck.”

The F-150 SVT Raptor is a distinction and different from other truck available in the market. The F-150 SVT Raptor will be available this summer with dynamic features to add to its appeal, which include a Flex Fuel 5.4-liter V-8 engine making 320hp, 390 ft.-lbs. of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission. It also has electronically selectable four-wheel drive system and an E-locker rear differential. It helps to lock the truck even at high speeds. Raptor will be also available at the dealership with an all-new 6.2-liter V-8 early next year."

"Following the recent unveiling of the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor and the success of the Raptor R at the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, Ford is entering the Raptor R in the 2009 “Best in the Desert” race series, at the 2009 Parker 425.

Ford engineers are using the race as an opportunity to “continue extreme durability testing of production components.” Unlike many other off-road race trucks, the majority of the Raptor R doesn’t differ from the production vehicle. Engineers also plan on testing possible performance accessories before offering them to the general public.

The Raptor R is powered by the same 6.2-liter V-8 that becomes available on the stock truck early next year. To make the truck more competitive, power has been boosted from around 400 hp to 500 hp. The Raptor R uses an unmodified production six-speed automatic transmission to transmit the power to the ground. The Raptor R’s traction is aided by the same electronically-selectable four-wheel drive system with an E-locker rear differential.

When the 2009 Best in the Desert Race Series commences, the Raptor R will be driven by Rob MacCachren and Steve Olliges, both of whom have won their respective classes in the Baja 1000 during their careers."

Celebrity drivers have been mentioned to drive through the series.


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