Baja 1000 Race Raptor

Behind the Scenes: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Takes on the Baja 1000

Ford just dropped a behind the scenes video of the 2017 Raptor slaying it at the Baja 1000, just in time for Friday. The Baja 1000 is an extremely challenging and demanding off-road race that takes place in Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. The two-day, 850-mile race lasts more than 36 grueling hours, with only minor stops for adjustments. The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor raced in the stock class in what’s known as the “world’s most brutal test of a truck and the people inside.”

Racing driver and builder Greg Foutz proclaimed that they did “the minimum of what we had to do to get it legal to race.” The Raptor competing in the Baja 1000 had 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 minor upgrade it received was a chromally steel safety cage, LED light bars, and racing seats and harnesses. Foutz was most excited to test our the truck’s new 10-speed transmission, as well as its improved suspension travel, which add 2″ of travel over previous models.

Every Angle Counts

You can experience the Ford F-150 Raptor at the Baja 1000 in a stunning 360 view in the video below. Watch the stunning live action from of the treacherous journey and feel your heart pound as the Raptor reins victorious.

The Home of the Ford Raptor

Narrator Denis Leary sets the exhilarating scene in the 6 minute clip below, starting at the Ford Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan. This is state-of-the-art factory where Ford F-150 trucks roll off the assembly line, and where it’s now set to take on the world’s most arduous test.

The impressive VR 360º video gives insight into the tough race that once again proves the Raptor as the most capable off-road truck of its kind. “’Born to Baja’ showcases the Built Ford Tough attitude that is at the heart of this performance monster,” said Henry Ford III, Global Marketing Manager of Ford Performance. The Ford’s competition included diesel-powered Dodge trucks, a Toyota Land Cruiser, and an old-school Hummer.

2017 Raptor Getting AirGetting a Little Rocky

The adventure’s climax comes into play during the final stretch of the race when the Raptor takes on “The Goat Trail.” One wrong move here can send the off-road truck tumbling to an ugly disaster.

However, the Ford Raptor powers through the challenge head-on and passes the finish line with nearly a minute to spare, 35:59:08.151 to be exact. With the help of the the Raptor’s “Baja Mode”, one of the 6 terrain modes offered on the new truck, this F-150 just stole the race and solidified its place as being the most competent off-road ready vehicle you can drive from the dealership floor.


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