"Bad-ass" Ranger on

the way

High flyer - the Ford Ranger Raptor
Ford Ranger Raptor off-road
Ford Ranger Raptor underbody protection
Ford Ranger Raptor on-road
Ford Ranger Raptor on-road head on
Ford Ranger Raptor cabin

THE roughest, toughest and most powerful version of Ford's new Ranger truck is on its way to the UK.

According to Ford it's new Ranger Raptor is a "bad-ass" pick-up truck and, with a bi-turbo engine and extreme styling, it fits the good ol' boys image perfectly.

Unlike the regular Ranger, the Raptor isn't designed for workaday duties on construction sites or farms - it's been developed by Ford Performance for the true enthusiast off-roader: thrill seeking drivers who want to challenge themselves and their vehicle in the most extreme conditions.

"Forget everything you think you know about pick-ups," says Leo Roeks, Ford's European performance director. "Our new Ranger Raptor is a different breed - a thoroughbred desert racer and extreme lifestyle off-roader that can toil with the best of them in the harshest of working conditions."

It's powered by a bi-turbo version of Ford's twoâlitre EcoBlue diesel engine that delivers 213PS and 500Nm of torque and is mated to Ford's new 10-speed automatic gearbox.

Multiple driving modes are available - there are six terrain management modes in all, designed to tackle a wide range of specific terrain and driving scenarios ranging from normal, via sport, snow, mud, rock to what Ford calls "Baja" mode which is designed for high-speed off-road performance, "just like drivers need in the famous Baja Desert Rally".

A considerable amount of work has gone into the chassis and underpinnings. Built to withstand high-impact off-road events, the Raptor has a super-strong reinforced chassis frame which uses high-strength, low-alloy steels to endure the punishment delivered by off-road racing.

It's fitted with race-bred suspension specifically crafted, says Ford, to tackle fearsome terrain at high-speed. The shock absorbers feature Position Sensitive Damping which provides higher damping forces at extremes and lower forces in more moderate conditions for a smoother ride on-road.

A massive 2.3mm thick "bash" plate made out of high strength steel is fitted to deflect off-road obstacles in addition to the Ranger's standard engine and transfer case under-shields.

Features of the rugged styling include flared composite front wheel arches and a dramatic new grille inspired by the even more awesome Ford Fâ150 Raptor.

Blue stitching and leather accents feature throughout the interior. Lightweight, racing-style magnesium paddle shifters sit behind a bespoke steering wheel, which uses an on-centre marker to help drivers keep track of wheel position off-road.

Driver assistance and safety technologies include an enhanced stability control system incorporating a roll mitigation function.

The Ranger Raptor is expected to be available for British thrill-seekers in the second half of next year.


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