Ford will once again be throwing its hat in the ring for the big 2016 Baja 1000 race this November with its impressive 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. Interested in learning when the race will be held, what additions have been made to the Raptor, and more? See below for more info!
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor at SEMA 2016 and Baja 1000
If you’re expecting to see a custom 2017 Raptor that has unobtainable specs for the average person, then you’ll have to look somewhere else. Ford Performance will be racing a 2017 F-150 Raptor that has the same specs as the stock model, with a few basic additions to meet race regulations. Additions include a steel safety cage, puncture-resistant fuel cell, racing seats and harness, and LED lighting. Engine, transmission, shocks, tires and more are all the same as the production model. Before the race this November, the Baja 1000 will be on display at SEMA 2016.
Specs for the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
Interested in picking up your own Raptor truck but need to know a bit more about it?The 2017 Raptor comes standard with an all-new high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. The previous Raptor actually had a V8 under the hood, but this V6 is special and is actually significantly more powerful, as well as lighter, than the previous generation’s engine. The new engine is paired with a sporty 10-speed automatic transmission that offers smooth shifting and speedy acceleration.
When is the 49th Annual SCORE Baja 1000
This year’s Baja 1000 race will be held from November 16-20. The 2017 Raptor will be driven by Greg Foutz, who has previous won the Baja 1000 four times. This won’t be the first time that Foutz has raced the all-new F-150 Raptor, as he’s also done a few other Best in the Desert events. If you go back to 2008, Foutz also raced the first-generation F-150 Raptor at Baja, so he has quite the history with the truck.