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Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R

Tough on the road, the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R pick-up is also proving to be a tough pick-up to get if you don’t act quickly. The 6.2-liter V8 monster is selling unbelievably fast with already 3,000 orders being placed for the $42,000 truck.

Did we mention that the truck is colossally powerful? That, of course, comes from the V8 engine that was put in, which gives the Raptor 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. Oh, it’s not just a powerhouse on wheels; it’s actually pretty tough too, if you still haven’t noticed.

That much was made sure by the folks from SVT, the very same people who gave the pick-up truck quite a test run at Baja and at the SVT Desert Base 1.

"We spent a lot of time developing our desert durability test so that it’s very close to replicating the Baja 1000," said Kerry Baldori, SVT’s chief functional engineer. "Desert testing proved to be a very quick way to learn about the reliability of the truck and it put another level of extreme loads on the engine that our normal durability testing doesn’t cover."

With all these extreme tests being put together for the pick-up truck, it’s no wonder that it’s selling faster than U2 concert tickets. The F-150 SVT Raptor is power and toughness personified.

Hennessey Performance knows a little bit more than just fine-tuning sports cars and supercars; they actually know their way around trucks too.

In this video, the performance tuning house is putting a 6.2-liter V8 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor under the proverbial dyno test. We all know what would happen if looks could kill, but once you get past that, we’re inviting you to close your eyes and let your ears take over. The sound of pure, unadulterated power; intoxicating, isn’t it?

Hold on; it’s not done. After undergoing the dyno test, the Raptor is then taken out for a spin at Hennessey’s test track where the 6.2 Raptor went up against the lap time set by it’s 5.4 counterpart when Hennessey did a previous test. As can be expected, that full second off of the 5.4’s 0-60 mph time is a testament to the monsterous engine underneath its hood.

Source: Hennessey
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The Blue Oval recently introduced their next generation MyFord Touch driver connect technology that blends Ford’s signature in car infotainment features into a seamless cohesive electronic experience that features intuitive controls, voice activation and interface personalization. The next generation SYNC system is centered around an eight inch touch screen mounted in the center stack that works in conjunction with additional LCD displays in the instrument cluster that works with Ford’s innovative new five way button controls on the steering wheel and simplified by voice commands. However with the way that wireless technology is advancing with items like the iPad , we got to thinking, why don’t manufacturers offer docking stations for laptops and other computer based systems, much like you would find inside of a police car.

So when a former Motorola engineer and good friend of ours decided to make his F-150 a bit more high tech by installing what he calls the Truckputer inside his Supercrew , it really caught our attention. So while MyTouch allows you to do all those cool things that Ford’s engineers deemed appropriate, the advantages of running an open source system like this Linux based unit include the ability to burn DVDs, listen to the HD radio, watch movies, surf the internet with WiFi, look up directions with GPS based navigation, make hands free calls with Bluetooth connectivity and voice commands thanks to the built in microphone. Although it won’t let you do smoky burnouts more easily, at least not yet, the beauty of a system like this is its infinite capabilities. So if a PC can do it, so can the Truckputer; but hey at least the MyTouch screen is an inch bigger.

Truckputer Specs after the jump.

Source: MP3 car

When revealing the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor R , Ford announced that for the 2011 model year the company will offer the FR Raptor XT. But until then Ford presented a concept version of the car at SEMA Show.

The production version will be powered by a 500-hp (est.) 6.2-liter naturally aspirated engine mated to a Six-speed automatic transmission. There will only be 50 units built, ad each will be priced at $99,950.

Of course that this days in Las Vegas SEMA Show got all the attention. But Shelby Auto decided not to bring their cars to SEMA. Instead they went to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In here the company brought the Super Snake Ford F150, a concept car with design inspired by the Shelby GT500 Super Snake.

Shelby Autos, in collaboration to Ford Racing started with a red 2007 F150 regular cab truck and added a custom functional hood and fascias, black Super Snake stripes and Alcoa Shelby wheels.

The engine was also tuned to deliver a total of 475 hp and the suspension was lowered 3 inches and tightened up to improve handling.

Press release after the jump.

Initially announced at the 2008 SEMA Show, the F-150 SVT Raptor R was powered by a 5.4-liter V8. But for the 2010 model year, the pick-up truck will also use the all-new 6.2-liter premium V-8 engine that delivers a total of 411 hp and 434 ft.-lb. of torque. The new Raptor will go on sale on Dec. 1, with an MSRP of $41,995.

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R

Today Ford also announced that starting 2011 the Raptor family will see the addition of a new member: the FR Raptor XT. It will be powered by a 500-hp (est.) 6.2-liter naturally aspirated engine mated to a Six-speed automatic transmission. There will only be 50 units built, ad each will be priced at $99,950.

UPDATE 06/08/2010: Check out our review of the mud-slingin’, power boosted F-150 SVT Raptor R by clicking here .

Press release after the jump.

The Ford F150 is not only America’s favorite pick up truck, it will also be one of the shining stars at the 2009 SEMA show. The blue oval will bring five distinct modified Ford F150s to Las Vegas next week. First of all K-Daddyz Kustomz F150 will combine street influence with a touch of urban luxury, the pick up will ride on a set of 24 inch wheels and features a custom two tone paint scheme with a black upper section and a fire engine red coat covering the bottom. The tuning shop Malibu Customz will come out with two F150s, first is the Freedom F150, a military inspired work truck complete with airbrushed artwork that pays homage to every branch of our armed forces and the second is the wild Superlift that comes complete with a 1:64 Hot Wheels die cast replica. Ford Vehicle Personalization, the American automaker’s in house tuners will present the Project FX2 Sport 6.2L H.O. an F150 that features a Candy Red tinted clear coat sprayed on top of Satin Gold graphics. Last but not least, Ford will display the 2011 Ford Super Duty DeWALT Contractor “Concept”, the perfect work solution for any any job site foreman. So if you thought that the world’s best selling pick up couldn’t get any better, you might want to think about taking a trip to the 2009 SEMA show.

Press release after the jump.

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Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R

When the blue oval’s high performance engineers were given the option of either producing another tire shredding SVT Lightning or something completely different, they opted for plan b. Instead of a supercharged work truck that can blow the doors off of most sports cars in a straight line, the SVT group chose to build an off road version of the F-150 that would be competitive in the Baja 1000 right out of the showroom, and actually ended up earning a spot on the podium. Now Texans know a thing or two about pick up trucks, with their starry skies and wide open spaces residents of America’s third coast get plenty out of their pick up trucks. So it was quite an honor when the Texas Auto Writers Association named the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor as their 2009 Truck of Texas. This marks the seventh consecutive time that a Ford F-Series pick up truck has won the award from TAWA.

Ford Motor Company’s president of the Americas, Mark Fields was particularly pleased when he heard the good news. “Winning the Truck of Texas is a distinct honor… Texans know their trucks, and this award is further proof of why the F-Series remains America’s number-one selling pickup. We built F-150 SVT Raptor for truck enthusiasts. And we’re gratified it’s gaining recognition for both its unequaled off-road performance and confidence-inspiring on-road demeanor." The Raptor combines extreme off road capabilities with an aggressive on road package that should only get better in 2010 when Ford puts the more powerful 6.2 Liter V8 version on sale at the beginning of next year.

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Ford is trying to expand their largest market with an all-new version of their best selling truck that they promise is ready to compete in the Baja 1000 desert race right out of the box with it’s 35 inch tires, Fox Racing long travel shock absorbers and SVT forged lower control arms as well as an all new power plant for the Ford lineup. When the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor launches it will be equipped with the blue oval’s proven three valve Triton 5.4 Liter V8 delivering 320 HP and 390 lb-ft of torque, however the high performance off road specialty truck will also be offered with a Ford’s new 6.2 Liter engine that is supposed to put out somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 HP and 400 lb-ft of torque. However all the power in the world won’t do you any good if they aren’t reliable, so Ford set out to vigorously test the Raptor’s power train.

400 HP Ford Raptor update with gallery

Both of the Raptor ’s V8 engines underwent extreme laboratory testing that included running the motors over 6,000 PRM for more than 150 hours on the dynamometer as well as being in shocked by severe climate changes when running at wide open throttle. Mike Harrison, Ford Motor Company’s premium V8 systems manager said that “Running it over 6,000 rpm for more than 150 hours, which is over the peak power limit of the engine, really puts it through its paces…We’ve tested it in harsher operating conditions on the engine dyno than would ever be seen by a customer who races.”

After the laboratory testing was complete the engines also were put to the test on Ford’s newly developed 62 mile desert evaluation loop in Borrego Springs, California as an additional real world evaluation in order to confirm their durability because there will be plenty of demand for on throttle antics by high-performance, off-road enthusiasts. Harrison wants everything to work in tiptop form so that Raptor customers won’t have anything to worry about, even desert racers. Harrison said that his crew would then do “a careful teardown of each engine at completion of testing to ensure there absolutely are no issues with the hardware.” SVT chief functional engineer Kerry Baldori said that “Desert testing proved to be a very quick way to learn about the reliability of the truck and it put another level of extreme loads on the engine that our normal durability testing doesn’t cover.”

Continued after the jump.

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Top Speed was recently invited to Ford’s test facility in Dearborn, Michigan to have a look at what the American automaker has in store for the next model year and try to get a little insider information about the upcoming lineup. One of the vehicles that we were pleased as punch to have a chance to climb all over was the all-new for 2010 Ford Raptor . This high performance, purpose built off-road truck was built to be versatile enough to compete in the Baja 1000 right out of the showroom as well as get you to work and back again starting at only $38,020.

400 HP Ford Raptor update with gallery

When the Ford Raptor was initially introduced, Ford’s representatives confirmed that the upcoming born in Baja special would be offered with two different power plants. At the time, everyone knew that the F-150 on steroids would have one of the blue oval’s 5.4 Liter 3 valve V8 engines under the hood making 320 HP and an impressive 390 lb-ft of torque. However what we didn’t know is that the other power plant that Ford’s design team are going to shoehorn in between the strut towers is the all-new 6.2 Liter SOHC V8. This 2 valve per cylinder piston pumper is slated to produce a ground pounding 400 HP and 400 lb-ft of torque when it goes on sale this November.

Although the truck is based on the Ford F-150, unique to the Raptor is the bold grill with an oversized “FORD” written across the front along with some other styling cues like a vented hood, unique front bumper, skid plate, 7 extra inches of track and loads of ground clearance. Everything about this truck was designed to make it a bonafide off-road competitor. One of the keys to that go anywhere lifestyle is suspension travel, with 11.2 inches in the front and 13.4 inches in the back. If you get under the truck you can see that the exhaust takes a dramatic bend over the rear axle to allow it over a foot of travel. The truck rides on 35 inch off-road radials that are connected to the chassis by a set of specially tuned FOX Racing Shox that bolt up to a pair of SVT designed reinforced lower control arms to make sure that the truck keeps tracking straight after repeatedly getting airborne. Ford hopes to get a lot of new truck buyers excited about the 2010 Raptor, with a package like this, it shouldn’t be hard at all.


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