Truck auctions for $300,000 to benefit youth in aviation

Ford Performance created a one-off F-150 Raptor styled after the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet for a charity auction benefiting kids’ interest and participation in flying. Called the Gathering of Eagles, the annual event is hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association. This year, the auction raised $300,000 thanks to Ford’s donation of the “F-22 Raptor.” The truck obviously takes its name and styling cues from America’s premier fighter, going so far as to incorporate the jet’s silhouette into its grille and side mirrors. But that just scratches the surface of what Ford did to this 2018 F-150 Raptor Crew Cab.

The Raptor boasts a Whipple intercooler and other performance upgrades on its high-output, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, giving it an impressive 545 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque – a healthy improvement over its stock 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of twist. The bodywork received carbon fiber fender flairs, custom LED lighting, power-deploying running boards, an aggressive wheel and tire package, and that silver-over-black paint job. These, combined with other upgrades, helped the truck garner a $300,000 winning bid, beating out last year’s winning bid of $295,000 for a P-51D Mustang-themed 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 called Ole Yeller. Making the winning bid more special – it was from Gary Ackerman of Gaudin Ford in Las Vegas. Ackerman serves as Honorary Commander and Ambassador for the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

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  • 2018 Ford F-22 F-150 Raptor
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    2018
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    V6
  • Transmission:
    10-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    545
  • Torque @ RPM:
    660
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.3 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
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Exterior

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The F-22 F-150 project was headed by Ford design manager, Melvin Betancourt, and was supported by the team at Ford Performance. Since the project was built by Ford people under Ford’s care, the attention to detail is second to none, especially considering these are the folks who designed and built the F-150 to begin with.

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The Raptor’s grille is replaced with the silhouette of the F-22 Raptor coming head-on.

Up front, the Raptor’s grille is replaced with the silhouette of the F-22 Raptor coming head-on. F-22 logos adorn the accent within the LED headlights, and of course, boldly on the front doors. The F-150’s wide track is covered with carbon fiber fender flares, helping keep mud and gravel from marring the paint. The original BFGoodrich tires have been swapped out for more aggressive Falken Wildpeak M/T tires mounted on Innov8 Racing custom forged beadlock wheels.

The extra ground clearance provided by the taller tires helps reveal the upgraded suspension components, too. The components are from Addictive Desert Design and include control arms, springs, and bump stops. Out back, Deaver rear leaf springs are said to offer a smoother ride than even the F-150 Raptor’s beefy suspension. Upgraded Fox Racing shocks with adjustable compression and rebound valving give the driver more say in how the truck rides. Ford upgraded the brakes, too. Alcon six-piston front calipers clamp larger rotors with high-friction pads. The brake components, the front tow hooks, and several other parts are accented in red. Other design details include carbon fiber hood and front fender vents. Lighting the way at night are nine LED lights by KC Hilites said to produce 1.3-million candela of light. (That’s extremely bright.) Out back, two spare tires are mounted in a special rack, along with a Hi-Lift jack and gas cans. The cargo bed is spared in LineX, too.

Interior

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Note: standard Ford F-150 Raptor interior shown here.

Ford didn’t mention any upgrades within the interior of the F-22 F-150 Raptor.

Ford didn’t mention any upgrades within the interior of the F-22 F-150 Raptor. However, we can see the leather seats now have red inserts on the headrests and around the embroidered Raptor logo. It’s not a huge change, but it’s enough to give the F-22 F-150 a unique flair.

Being an F-150 Raptor means the interior is already well equipped. It comes with Ford’s latest SYNC infotainment system, a unique gauge cluster with a 4.2-inch driver information screen, Raptor-specific seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with the on-center marker at 12 o’clock. Other factory upgrades include Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, overhead auxiliary switches for aftermarket components, and Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist.

Drivetrain

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The Raptor’s high-output EcoBoost V-6 is upgraded with a Whipple intercooler to keep turbo temperatures cooler, along with an ECU retuning to give the 3.5-liter an extra 95 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque.

Ford couldn’t leave the F-150 Raptor’s powertrain alone, either. The Raptor’s high-output EcoBoost V-6 is upgraded with a Whipple intercooler to keep turbo temperatures cooler, along with an ECU retuning to give the 3.5-liter an extra 95 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. That moved the stock power levels from 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet up to 545 horses and a whopping 660 pound-feet of torque. The F-150 Raptor still uses Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission and high-tech transfer case.

Ford made no performance claims on the F-22 F-150 Raptor project, but with the extra grunt from under the hood, expect this pickup to hit 60 mph a bit quicker than the 5.3 second it takes the stock truck to accelerate from a standstill. The upgraded suspension likely helps its high-speed desert running, as well, though it’s doubtful its new owner will be racing the Baja 1000 in this truck anytime soon.

Pricing

While it would be impossible to know how much Ford invested into this pickup, the price is likely well into the $120,00 range. A stock 2017 F-150 Raptor Crew Cab retails between $52,770 and $70,000, depending on options and packages. Add to that the custom paint job, the suspension parts, upgraded wheels and tires, the one-off billet grille, and the countless other details, it’s easy to imagine Ford spending a small fortune in creating this pickup.

Nevertheless, Ford donated the pickup for the Gathering of Eagles charity event. Gary Ackerman, the winning bidder, obviously thought both the truck and the cause were worthy enough to write a $300,000 check.

Conclusion

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It’s great to see automakers so involved with charity work, especially offering continued support year after year. After all, the results are a win-win for everyone involved: the charity sees a hefty donation, the winning bidder gets an awesome vehicle, and you and I get to see the creating of something unique coming directly from Ford’s inner skunkworks. Sure, it’s disappointing to see how imaginative Ford engineers and designers can be without the limitations of bean counters and product planners, but it’s understandable how something so unique (and expensive) couldn’t sell in bulk volumes.

So, what do you think of the 2018 Ford F-22 F-150 Raptor? Would you like modifying your Raptor to look like this? Let us know in the comments below.

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Press release

Ford’s design team worked with Ford Performance to create a one-of-a-kind F-150 Raptor – inspired by the F-22 fighter jet – for auction at Experimental Aircraft
Association AirVenture Oshkosh; Ford F-22 F-150 Raptor raised $300,000 to benefit the group’s Young Eagles

F-150 Raptor shares key F-22 design details, including red and green position lights in front that enhance left and right mirror skull caps, unique glossy and matte exterior cues and cockpit tweaks

Ford F-22 F-150 Raptor modifications include a Whipple-intercooled, high-output 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost® delivering 545 horsepower and 660 lb.-ft. of torque, carbon fiber bodywork, larger custom wheels, upgraded brakes and modular off-road exterior lighting

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DEARBORN, Mich., July 31, 2017 – Combining the best attributes of the world’s finest high-performance machines for air and ground, Ford’s design team created a Ford F-22 F-150 Raptor based on the U.S. Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet for auction at AirVenture Oshkosh. The one-of-a-kind truck fetched $300,000 for the Experimental Aircraft Association Gathering of Eagles – an organization and an event committed to aviation and encouraging youth involvement in flight.

Ford has raised more than $3 million for the annual event since 2008 by creating collector’s edition vehicles, with F-22 F-150 Raptor the premier offering at this year’s live gala July 28. Ford served as exclusive automotive sponsor of the 2017 AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The F-22 F-150 Raptor was purchased by Gary Ackerman of Gaudin Ford in Las Vegas, Nevada. The vehicle has found the perfect home in that Ackerman serves as Honorary Commander/Ambassador for the United States Airforce’s F-22 Squadron at Nellis Airforce Base in Nevada.

Ford design manager Melvin Betancourt and Ford Performance led design and engineering of the F-22 F-150 Raptor. “Our job – both in the air and on the ground – is to intimidate the competition,” said Betancourt. “The money we raised will enable Young Eagles to reach for the skies as well.”

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F-150 Raptor is the ultimate high-performance off-road truck – the toughest, smartest, most capable Raptor ever. Delivering 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, Raptor’s exclusive Terrain Management System™ gives it superior agility.

Nicole Rush, Ford designer, and the Ford design fabrication team headed up interior enhancements. With the loftiest of expectations for unrivaled care and precision, building the F-22 F-150 Raptor was entrusted to Brad and Doug DeBerti at internationally renowned DeBerti Design. Betancourt says Ford could not have asked for a more purposeful execution of its vision than what the DeBerti team accomplished.

“Few things are as streamlined, as gloriously intimidating as the shape, metallic color and sinister speed a fighter jet represents,” said Betancourt. “The simple, extreme functionality of the cockpit alone proved inspiring, prompting the team to create matte finishes, purposeful gauges, controls for ready proximity and dramatic LED lighting for the instrument panel.”

Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager, said the F-22 F-150 Raptor celebrates the fighter jet’s dominance of the skies and the consistent leadership of F-Series on the ground. “Our long-standing commitment to Young Eagles encourages new talent to enter the world of flight, while highlighting the freedom, power, speed and agility shared by the Ford F-150 Raptor and the F-22 Raptor fighter jet,” he added.

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Highlights of the Ford F-22 F-150 Raptor include:

Whipple-intercooled, high-output 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost® making 545 horsepower and 660 lb.-ft. of torque – taking off-road performance to intimidating new levels
Modified Addictive Desert Design front suspension and bump stop kit
Deaver rear spring pack to provide a smooth, progressive suspension
Fox bypass series shocks with adjustable compression and rebound valving to customize damping for on-road and off-road use
Innov8 Racing custom forged beadlock wheels with Falcon Wildpeak tires
Upgraded Alcon six-piston painted calipers, oversized rotors, high-friction pads
Modular off-road 1.3-million candela LED lighting system by KC Hilites
Kicker audio system with 1,500 watts of amplification
Unique Sherwin-Williams exterior paint integrating F-22 Raptor jet cues including titanium grille with front silhouette of the aircraft; jet cues featured on the interior as well

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Amp Research power retracting steps
DeBerti two-tire, gas and ProEagle jack holder
LineX sprayed bedliner
All-stainless-steel cat-back Borla exhaust system with carbon fiber tips
DeBerti carbon fiber fender flares, hood and fender vents
Paint hand-cut and polished to a mirror finish by Independent Detail
“Ford has helped build unmatched pathways for young people to discover the world of flight through its support of our Young Eagles, our youth programs and AirVenture,” said Jack Pelton, CEO and chairman, Experimental Aircraft Association. “With its powerful F-150 Raptor donation inspired by aviation, Ford continues to excite with its specialty vehicles, which reflect the depth of its commitment to the Experimental Aircraft Association, its members and the future of flight.”

Gathering of Eagles is traditionally held at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Museum, drawing more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts. Learn more about the association and its Gathering of Eagles by calling 800.236.1023 or emailing gathering@EAA.org. Learn more about the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet at www.lockheedmartin.comf/22.

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