Ford F-150

Ford F-150

Posted on by Bryan 7

Before this article even begins we want to say something about the 2010 Ford F150 SVT Raptor : This truck is absolutely pointless. Like the old F150 Lightening, there is just no reason for a vehicle of this size to have this much power. If you want to go fast, buy a sports car and, if you want to haul something, buy a normal F150. That being said, it is good fun.

Capable of going off-road and blowing the doors off of all other trucks, the new 2010 F150 SVT Raptor is something out of this world.

Launched in 2009, the Raptor was one of the most anticipated trucks ever created. The motor could have been a 5.4-liter V8 with 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque, but that just wasn’t good enough. The 5.4-liter is great for a light sports car, but for something that weighs around 6,000 pounds, more power was needed. Enter the optional 6.2-liter V8. The new engine is the perfect match for this monster truck. With 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque, it provides a real jolt to the this super F150. The 6.2-liter is actually the same as the new Super Duty’s motor, but a few tunes here and there has helped it outgun the Duty by 26 horsepower.

Hit the jump for the rest of the review.

Ford’s ramping up efforts to make their vehicles more custom-friendly by including the new Mustang and the F-150 , which will officially join the 2011 Fiesta , as car models that can be accessorized with a custom vinyl wrap.

Over 50 designs will be made available by Ford and those interested can choose from a wide range of designs that include matte black racing stripes, rolling flames, and camouflage buzzsaw designs, among others.

All you need to do is hop on over to and you can play around with any of the three aforementioned models. Ford has also said that in the coming months, their whole line-up of vehicles will be customizable depending on your whims and taste. The custom wraps will likewise carry a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and can be installed by any certified Ford dealership at a bargain price relative to other custom paint jobs.

Press Release after the jump

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
Posted on by Terence 6

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.

Posted on by Terence 2
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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