Who said racing school is just for paved tracks?

Owners purchasing a brand new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor now have the chance to learn how to properly use their trucks from the folks to built it. It’s an expanded part of Ford Performance Racing School that will host Raptor owners for a one-day event with both classroom and driving time. This ongoing course is just the latest offered by Ford Performance. It joins the courses for the Mustang GT350 and Focus ST.

Best of all – the program is free!

Of course, there’s always a catch. First and most obvious, you have to purchase a 2017 or newer Ford F-150 Raptor. Second, students are responsible for their travel and hotel expenses. Everything else involving the daylong event is covered, including breakfast, lunch, safety equipment, and Ford-owned Raptor trucks.

The program’s technical name is the Raptor Assault and will take place outside Ford Performance’s Utah Motorsports Campus, just west of Salt Lake City. The facility is home to the Ford Performance Racing School, which is a track-based operation. Participants in the Raptor Assault will even have the option of purchasing a second day – one that focuses on track driving using Mustang GT.

The Raptor Assault’s classroom time will focus on the Raptor’s features, including its six drive modes and capabilities. The driving portion consists of rock crawling, Baja runs, high-speed driving, side-hilling, hill descending, and braking.

Dan McKeever, president of the Ford Performance Racing School, said, “We’re looking forward to the excitement, training and thrills Raptor Assault will deliver to owners of the 2017 truck. The new Raptor is an incredible truck, and our facility is the perfect venue to demonstrate just what it can do off-road. Our instructors can help anyone take their driving expertise to the next level – whether the person is a beginner or an experienced off-roader.”

Participants have options to bring a guest along, as well. Ford has created a separate website for the Raptor driving school, appropriately located at www.RaptorAssault.com. There, Raptor owners can enroll and book a class date.

Continue reading for more information.

Why it Matters

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More and more automakers are offering complementary driving classes for their high-performance and halo models. Ford not only offers classes for the Raptor, but also the Mustang GT350 and GT350R, the Focus and Fiesta ST, and will probably soon open a course for the GT supercar. Dodge also offers a driving course for the Challenger and Charger Hellcat twins, and Jaguar offers a course for F-Type R owners, just to name a few.

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Why, You might ask? It’s because these automakers understand that education and experience is key to getting the most out of their performance vehicles in a safe manner. Educating owners isn’t only a fun experience for both parties, it also helps automakers seem more personable and connected with its customer base. So kudos to Ford for expanding its Ford Performance Racing School to include the highly capable F-150 Raptor.

Read our full review on the Ford F-150 Raptor here.

Press Release

Owners of the leaner, meaner 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor have an exclusive opportunity to learn about the features that make this the best-performing Raptor yet with training from Ford Performance Racing School instructors both in the classroom and on the extreme off-road terrain in the high desert of Utah.

Ford and Ford Performance are offering Raptor Assault instruction free of charge to initial owners of the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor in a safe environment with professional instructors. The program adds to the popular GT350 Track Attack, ST Octane Academy and recently announced RS Adrenaline Academy enthusiast programs the school offers, and builds on previous off-road courses including tire testing and training for owners of the previous-generation Raptor.

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Raptor Assault will immerse owners in the performance and handling characteristics of Ford’s high-performance off-road truck. A deep dive in the classroom will explore Raptor’s industry-leading features, followed by extensive course time exploiting its capabilities over challenging desert terrain. Rock crawling, Baja runs, high-speed driving, side-hilling, descending and braking are featured, with a focus on Raptor dynamics including its six driving modes. The goal is for F-150 Raptor owners to understand the performance capabilities of their new trucks and help these customers improve on their driving skills – all while having fun.

“The all-new F-150 Raptor was designed to be the ultimate, no-compromise off-road pickup with its cutting edge internal bypass suspension, six-mode Terrain Management System™ and 450 horsepower EcoBoost engine with massive amounts of torque,” said Henry Ford III, Ford Performance marketing manager. “The off-road terrain near Ford Performance Racing School offers a diversity of challenges and is perfectly suited to showcase the high-performance capabilities of Raptor. The Ford Performance owner programs that have come before are a strong indication that this experience will be outstanding – a big hit with Raptor owners.”

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The school will provide F-150 Raptor trucks and safety gear for all participant use. Participants may opt to take part in on-road performance driving instruction with an optional second day in a Ford Mustang GT at Utah Motorsports Campus, home to Ford Performance Racing School.

“We’re looking forward to the excitement, training and thrills Raptor Assault will deliver to owners of the 2017 truck,” said Dan McKeever, president, Ford Performance Racing School. “The new Raptor is an incredible truck, and our facility is the perfect venue to demonstrate just what it can do off-road. Our instructors can help anyone take their driving expertise to the next level – whether the person is a beginner or an experienced off-roader.”

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F-150 Raptor owners are responsible for their travel and hotel costs, but all other program features, including breakfast and lunch, are covered once participants arrive at the school. Participants opting for a second day of performance driving with Mustang GT are responsible for that cost. Options for owners to bring guests may be available. Click here to learn additional program details as they become available.

To see a complete schedule for the Raptor Assault program in 2017, or for more information, visit www.RaptorAssault.com.

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