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.
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.”
Gallery400 HP Ford Raptor update with gallery
Continued after the jump.