Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Desert Durability Testing
The 2017 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has just gone through rigorous testing in the American southwest. After being put though a variety of demanding tests, the durability of the 2017 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor in Grand Junction CO is second to none. Now on the other side, we feel like the Ford F-150 Raptor is the toughest, most capable off-road truck ever created.
The southwestern off-road test stretched over 1.000 miles of the dusty terrain. The test route was designed to mimic the Baja race course in Mexico. From tall sand climbs to slow trench treks, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor was able to surpass 100 miles per hour in some areas of the course while slowing to a crawl in others to make it through deep silt beds.
Ford has claimed to have pushed the 2017 Ford F-150 hard more in just a few days of testing than a normal truck will be pushed in its entire lifetime. The all-new F-150 Raptor will be Ford’s ultimate off-road performance machine.
What makes the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor so durable?
It all starts with what’s inside. The backbone of the Raptor is the strongest in the lineup of F-150s, with more high-strength steel than ever. The design of the new Raptor is rooted in Ford’s truck racing heritage from the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and the Baja 1000. Its body is rooted in military grade, high-strength, aluminum alloy that effectively keeps it lighter and easier to handle.
The new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is six-inches wider than your run-of-the-mill F-150 and features a dual-exhaust system and brand new 17-inch wheels with specially designed off-road tires. When you see the 2017 Ford SVT Raptor rolling down the streets of Grand Junction CO, you know it won’t be staying there for long. The Raptor is breed to seek out the world’s most difficult to maneuver terrain. It’s set to go on sale later next year.