The Baja 1000 is one of most punishing races in the world. It’s also the breeding ...
The Baja 1000 is one of most punishing races in the world. It’s also the breeding ground for the Ford Motor Company’s [NYSE:F] F-150 Raptor pickup trucks, and with early mules often entered into the grueling off-road race during development.
And thanks to this tough regime, the Raptor can successfully challenge class rivals in a Baja 1000 in virtually stock form. To demonstrate this, Ford is teaming up with the Greg Foutz Motorsports, led by four-time Baja 1000 winner Greg Foutz, to field the 2017 Raptor in the 2016 Baja 1000, which runs November 16-20.
Foutz has run a Raptor in several Best in the Desert events in 2016, and including the most recent 645-mile General Tire Vegas to Reno race in August, says it’s the most production-based truck he’s ever raced. In fact, the only modifications made are for safety.
For example, the Foutz Motorsports team only had to add the chromalloy steel safety cage, puncture-resistant fuel cell, the racing seats, and LED lighting package. The factory-spec springs and the Fox Racing shocks were also revised to accommodate the added weight from the safety cage and fuel cell.
Otherwise, everything is stock, including the 450 hp twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, 10-speed automatic transmission, and the BFGoodrich K02 tires.
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