Great automobiles motivate great adventure - and also the Ford F-150 Raptor is the excellent tool for thrill-seekers and wanderlusters seeking to explore corners of the area that exist beyond the reach of average off-roaders.
With more horsepower as well as torque than any kind of various other vehicle on the market, the F-150 Raptor's benchmark stability and also capacity in extreme conditions open up the frontiers to adventure.
Ford developed the high-performance off-road vehicle segment with the first-generation F-150 Raptor virtually a decade ago, and also the 2018 truck proceeds that legacy one of the most innovative powertrain, transfer situation as well as suspension ever.
At the heart of the truck lies the second generation 3.5-litre double turbo EcoBoost, generating 421 horsepower as well as much as 691 Nm of terrain breaking torque. That power is fed to the Raptor's huge 17-inch bead-lock capable wheels by means of the class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission.
Along with the power gains comes the most sophisticated drive mode system in its class *-- an advanced Terrain Monitoring System ™. It is made it possible for by an all-new dual-mode transfer case that incorporates both all-wheel-drive and also four-wheel-drive systems and also electronic lockers to provide the ultimate multi-terrain experience. The TMS has 6 driving settings, including Baja which was developed for desert operating.
Aiding to send that power to the ground is a set of custom-engineered Fox Racing shocks with nine-stage bypass damping. The shocks are three inches in size, and not just aid the Raptor's suspension from bottoming out over rough terrain, yet also dissipate warm better when working hard.
While the vehicle was constructed for a life off-road, Ford also called in every imaginable animal comfort into the Raptor. There are 3 guiding settings-- Normal, Sport and also Max Help (for off-road driving), readily available SYNC ® 3, as well as a large multi-function LED screen on the centre stack. There is an Off-Road Status panel on the display screen that provides info on lorry condition while off-road, and a 360-degree camera with Split Sight to aid when vehicle parking or discussing tight rooms off-road.
The inside is as rugged as it fits, with strengthened sport seats with contrasting leather sewing-- and there are 240v as well as USB billing ports to keep your devices powered up while you're going to journey.
Fat Biking in Oman
With journey on our doorstep, the Raptor's capacities were pushed into action this summer season when 4 Dubai-based professional athletes tackled Oman's Wabiha Sands on fat bikes-- off-road bicycles with balloon tyres that are developed to tackle the requiring desert terrain.
The strategy was simple: the Raptor would certainly be utilized to support the four riders as they discussed the 150km trip throughout the desert in one over night push. Experienced roadway bikers would intend to cover that type of distance in under 5 hrs; yet fat bikes with 4.5-inch broad tires and also cloying sand to emulate suggested progress would certainly be 3 times slower and far more requiring.
The Raptor's workhorse adaptability and capability were tried and tested time and time again throughout the journey. The cargo box easily had ample area for all 4 bikes, spares as well as other gear for the 600km motorway cruise ship to the begin factor at Bidiyah from Dubai, as well as the Super Cab configuration meant there was a lot of area for riders to extend throughout the trip there. The unique means the Super Taxicab doors open-- with the back doors hinged at the back-- gave bikers unfettered access to the front as well as back of the Raptor throughout their brief remainder stops throughout the night
While much of the journey throughout Wahiba's moving dunes was a challenge for the bicyclists, the Raptor's ability was barely touched. The team averaged 10km/h throughout the going across, with much of the journey invested in 2nd and third equipment, idling up dunes and also crawling behind the 4 cyclists. Despite having this labored driving, the twin-turbo 3.5-litre EcoBoost returned outstanding gas economic situation; running frequently for 18 hours as well as using simply over half a tank of fuel.
As an assistance car throughout the trip, it lugged a dozen situations of water, colders full of food, spares as well as tools-- and also sufficient gear to obtain the team with the trip. It likewise served as a make-shift job bench, bed, kitchen, sanctuary, sun-shade, coffee bar, billing station, workplace, command centre and meeting place for the 4 cyclists throughout the challenge.
Wahiba may do not have the kind of technical obstacles that come close to pressing the Raptor to its restrictions-- yet the vehicle's well-rounded flexibility as both an efficient motorway cruiser and also a reputable off-road monster make it your perfect partner for any experience you're planning.