The 2017 Ford SVT Raptor is preparing for its biggest event to date, one which is a true showcase of its skills and prowess as an off-road ready truck: The Baja 1000. Competing in the 2016 Stock Full Class at Baja, this ’17 Raptor will be a fairly close example of what you will be able to find on dealership lots soon.
How Modded Is This 2017 Raptor?
In the video posted below, racing driver and builder Greg Foutz proclaims that they did “the minimum of what we had to do to get it legal to race. We didn’t add anything to this truck that we didn’t have to do for safety purposes.” The Raptor competing in the Baja 1000 has the stock shock tubes, air filter, oil cooler, and BF Goodrich KO2 tires that you’d find on any production model on a dealer lot.
The only “upgrades” this SVT Raptor is sporting are:
- Chromally steel safety cage
- Racing seats and harnesses
- Some LED light bars
It is worth noting that this Baja-racing Raptor does have some minor tweaks made to the OEM FOX shocks, springs, and valving to adjust for the truck’s weight. That is a pretty impressively short mod list of F-150 parts for one of the most grueling races on the planet.
Greg Foutz, who raced the original 2009 Ford Raptor in the 2008 Baja 1000, he has had some experience racing the new 2017 Raptor at the Best In The Desert Series. According to Foutz, he is excited for the truck’s new 10-speed transmission as well as the improved suspension travel, giving him an added 2″ of travel over the past model.
What is the 2017 Raptor Racing Against At Baja?
While a lot of stock or unmodded classes will be relatively small and commonly unopposed, the 2017 Raptor is going to be facing some challenging competition. A few seasoned off-road racers will be out looking for the win in the 2016 Stock Full Class, such as off-road racer hall-of-famer Rod Hall who will be competing in an old school Hummer, off-road racing expert Marc Van Tassell will be fighting for a win in a Toyota Land Cruiser, and professional drifters Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck will be comepeting in a could of old diesel-powered Dodge trucks with Cummins pro driver Roger England.
The 2017 Ford Raptor has its work cut out for it as this is one of the most demanding off-road races on the planet, notorious for its unforgiving course that leaves lays waste to many of the cars that compete in it. Hopefully with the assist of the Raptor’s “Baja Mode”, one of the 6 terrain modes offered on the new Raptor, along with the rest of its aggressive F-150 parts, it will grab the win and solidify its place as being the most competent off-road ready vehicle you drive off of the showroom floor.
What are your thoughts on the 2017 Raptor competing in the Baja 1000 Stock Full Class? Do you think it is tough enough to take on the competition or is it going to eat dust? Comment your thoughts below!