The very first-ever Ford Ranger Raptor, Ford’s latest off-road, performance pick-up truck, blasted out from at the rear of its camouflage throughout a reveal event in Thailand.
The ultimate Ranger is purposefully designed, constructed and tested to established a benchmark as the only factory-constructed performance truck throughout Asia Pacific. Designed by Ford Performance group for the true enthusiast off-roader, Ford Ranger Raptor strengthens Ford’s commitment to deliver higer performance pickup trucks to our customers.
“We are so interested and proud to unleash this vehicle to the public, driving it really makes you really really really feel like a hero,”
stated Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance.
“The Ford Performance group is interested to extend the Raptor title from our flagship off-road performance F-150 to Ranger. Just like the F-150 Raptor, the Ford Ranger Raptor builds upon the core capability of the range of vehicles it comes from and carries the unmistakable Ford Performance DNA appearance.”
The Ford Ranger Raptor functions distinctive design cues inside and out that are functionally driven.
At the front, a spectacular new grille takes styling cues from the world’s very first factory-constructed highererererererer performance off road truck, the F-150 Raptor. The iconic block FORD lettering proudly positioned within the grille design is unmistakable when emerging from a dust cloud.
A body mounted front-bumper program is designed to offer desert durability performance and a distinctive presence. The front bumper also includes new LED fog lamps with functional air-curtain ducts, which help to reduce air resistance of the body.
Utilizing composite materials the front fenders not only look tough, but resist dents and dings often associated with off-road usage. The flared shape of the fenders are required for the lengthy travel suspension and oversized tires. The exterior color palate offerings include Lightning Blue, Race Red, Shadow Black, Frozen White as well as a unique Hero color for the Ford Ranger Raptor, Conquer Grey. Contrasting Dyno Grey accents helps to accentuate the vehicle’s look even further.
Vehicle stance is noticeably bigger from angle, standing at an impressive 1873mm tall, 2180mm wide and 5398mm lengthy, with wider front and rear tracks at 1710mm. Ground clearance is increased to 283mm, while the approach angle of 32.5°, ramp over angle of 24°, and departure angle of 24° as a package are superior to anything observed before.
Starting from the floor up, the side steps are a cut over the rest. The step boards had been designed particularly to prevent rock spray from hitting the rear of the truck and the holes have been designed to drain sand, mud and snow. The tough higer -strength aluminium alloy die-cast main step board is designed for durability, undergoing screening which includes a load of 100kg being utilized 84,000 times to simulate over 10 years in the field. A two-stage coating procedure involves the main step board very firstly being powder-coated, before then having a robust grit-paint utilized which outcomes in a tough appearance that is also higer durable – scuff, scratch, stain-resistant with superior resistance to environmental weathering.
At the rear, a altered rear bumper comes with an integrated tow club and two recovery hooks rated at 3.8 tonnes. Updated styling to the rear includes flush sensor bezels and specially packaged and designd tow connectors. Providing an abundance of room the 1560mm x 1743mm tray has been designed with the weekend explorer in mind, while the 2500kg towing capacity also accounts for dirt bikes or jet-skis, as well as traditional work needs throughout the week.
Inside, Ranger Raptor offers a tailored Ford Performance DNA interior design with a highererererererer level of craftsmanship, harmonious colours and durable materials suitable for every off-road driving and day use. The seats are specially designed for off-road highererererererer pace performance support, permitting the driver to engage in enthusiastic handling, while also providing superior on-road comfort. The use of tech suede on the seats for additional occupant grip shows the practicality at the rear of the material choice.
Multiple lengthy-distance drive events had been staged to gauge just how the seats perform over an extended period of time, every on higer ways and off-road tracks to simulate customer usage. The dual hardness cushion ticked all the containers providing superior lateral support and reduced really really really feel of any chassis vibration. This is accomplished by a altered structure, using bolsters on the seat back again for higer support.
When getting at the rear of the wheel, Ford Ranger Raptor drivers will notice the comprehensive cockpit variations where they look, this kind of as the blue stitching and leather accents. The cluster has aggressive styling, encompassing a host of Driver Assist functions. The steering wheel is distinctively different; new Raptor DNA lightweight magnesium paddle shifters for crisp gear changing are easily accessible near the perforated leather hand grip areas on the rim for precision off-road shifting when you really need it.
Ford Performance DNA has played a significant role in the purposeful styling, this kind of as the ‘On-centre’ marker – a red stripe at the top-middle of the wheel to let you know where the centre is when operating the vehicle at higer pace. The steering wheel is finished off with the Raptor logo debossed into the spoke bezel.
Chassis, Brakes and Suspension
The Ford Ranger Raptor’s chassis body is a unique body that is designed for the vehicle to travel at higer paces off road and endure the punishment that off road racing provides.
Ford Ranger Raptor’s innovative new coilover rear suspension utilizes a Watt’s link establishedup with solid rear axle to provide superior lateral control off-road while also assisting improve ride and handling.
The body design incorporates new geometry for the large suspension, providing the Raptor DNA increased track and wheel travel. Built to withstand higer -impact off-road events, Ranger Raptor’s body consists of various grades of higer -strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel. The stiffened side-rails are produced from increased HSLA grade steel to absorb off-road higer pace impacts.
The front accommodates strengthened protruding shock absorber towers, while a new bespoke coilover rear suspension with an integrated Watt’s linkage allows the axle to move up and down with very small lateral movement. Two recovery hooks rated at 4.5 tonnes can be discovered at the front, plus reinforced spare tyre mounting cross-members for the larger 17-inch Raptor rims.
The braking program on the Ford Ranger Raptor offers extreme stopping power through new and bespoke components. At the front, twin-piston calipers have been increased by 9.5mm in diameter, while the ventilated rotors are an impressive 332 x 32mm in size. At the rear, Ranger Raptor comes with disc brakes with a brake actuation master cylinder and booster to increase braking performance. The 332 x 24mm rear rotor is ventilated and coupled with a new 54mm caliper.
“The stand apart experience of the Ranger Raptor, hands down, is how far you can push it off-road versus any other available manufacturing road vehicle in our markets, and nevertheless ride like a millionaire on-road,”
stated Damien Ross, Chief Program Engineer, Ranger Raptor, Ford Motor Company.
“Everything concerning the Ranger Raptor builds on the currently outstanding sophisticated really really really feel and functional capability of the Ranger, and then goes further. From a driving powerful fun standpoint, it is really an extremely special vehicle.”
Raptor’s race-bred suspension has been particularly crafted to tackle undulating terrain at higer -pace while remaining in complete control and comfort. The Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers (dampers) provide higer damping forces at full jounce and rebound to enable better off-road capabilities and lower damping forces in the mid-travel zone for a class leading plush ride throughout on-road trips. These establishedtings are truly calibrated for the best of every worlds.
The dampers are exclusively manufactured by Fox Racing Shox with 46.6mm piston for front and rear. Designed for off-road endurance terrain, the dampers, coupled with the lengthy travel suspension, allow for an unsurpassed damping performance off-road and a plushest of rides on-road thanks to Internal Bypass technology.
Holding them in place are the forged aluminium upper arms and cast aluminium lower arms to facilitate higer suspension travel and optimized for performance and extreme off-road durability.
Hit the Beaten Track
Given the unforgiving terrain Ford Ranger Raptor has been produced for, it needed an aggressive established of tyres to keep it stable on and off-road. All-terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tyres have been specially produced for the Ranger Raptor. Holding a strong presence, every tyre measures 838mm in diameter and 285mm in width. The design offers a tough sidewall to take on all environments with confidence, a super grippy tread to extend owners’ journey time on and off-road and an aggressive off-road tread pattern which provides grip in wet, mud, sand and snow conditions.
Ford Ranger Raptor also comes with unique underbody protection to deflect off-road obstacles. The new bash plate is produced from 2.3mm thick higer -strength steel and meets enhanced capabilities for strength inline with Ford Performance requirements. The silver finished guard allows clearance to the dual front recovery hooks. Working together with the existing engine and transfer case undershields, the three elements provide protection to components this kind of as the radiator, Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD), front cross-member, engine sump and front differential.
Tuned for all Terrains
Ranger Raptor comes with a Terrain Management System (TMS) offering six modes for various driving encounters which can be selected via a dedicated five-switch switch located on the steering wheel. Every mode has been calibrated to offer the best possible combination of technologies working in unison to tackle the chosen terrain or driving design with aplomb. These include:
Power to Move You
The Ford Ranger Raptor powertrain functions cutting edge technology to offer more power and torque, better fuel economic climate less weight and with off-road specific calibrations for engine, transmission, driveline, steering, brakes and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) program.
In a revolutionary move to deliver incredible performance and responsiveness, a 10-Speed transmission is combined with a new 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel engine in the Ranger Raptor to deliver a maximum of 213PS (157kW) of power and 500Nm of torque.
Ford engineers have tested the new powertrain extensively in purchase to prove out durability.
This screening includes operating a ‘thermo cycle’ on the engine, heating every turbos to the point of glowing red for 200 hrs non-stop. It can withstand this torture thanks to the turbo bearings and low-pressure (LP) turbo being water cooled to reduce temperature, avoid over-heating and protect the air induction components.
Working as a group, the smaller sized higer -pressure (HP) turbo is connected in a sequence to the larger, LP turbo and is managed with by-pass valves that determine the operating mode depending on engine pace. At lower engine paces, the two turbos work in series, enhancing torque and responsiveness, while at higer engine paces, the small HP turbo is and the higer LP turbo provides boost to deliver more power.
The Ford-designed and Ford-constructed 10-pace transmission is shared with the F-150 Raptor and has been produced with higer -strength steel, aluminium alloys and composites to optimize durability and weight. Getting 10 gears means a wider ratio-span resulting in better acceleration and responsiveness. With more room to optimize gear spacing, engineers could customize gear progression far more effectively than before, providing more correct – and quicker – upshift and downshift capability.
The all-new electronic program functions real-time adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms engineered to help ensure the right gear is selected at the right time. A unique transmission calibration also includes a ‘Live in Drive’ function meaning that the paddle shifters are usually available for manual gear selection override.
Practical Technology at Hand
Ford Ranger Raptor comes with a host of sophisticated Driver Assist Technologies (DATs) at the push of a switch which are not just cutting edge, but genuinely practical for day use.
Leading the way in connectivity, SYNC 3 is a fully integrated, voice activation program that lets the driver use their favourite products while their hands stay on the wheel and eyes on the road. The Satellite Navigation System comes into its own when off-roading in remote areas even offering a ‘breadcrumb’ feature to leave a trail when entering unchartered areas – perfect for the serious off-roader.
High levels of active and passive safety have been designed-in from the outestablished, this kind of as the improved Ford Stability Control incorporating Roll Mitigation Function.
Ford’s comprehensive Electronic Stability Control (ESC) program is also there to help in challenging cornering and braking situations. The impressive technology suite includes Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Load Adaptive Control (LAC).
The rear view digital camera displayed on the eight-inch colour LCD screen matched with the rear parking sensors gives drivers the utmost confidence when parking anywhere.
For convenient access, an EZ Lift Tailgate utilizes a new rod assembly to give the owner a 66 percent reduction in starting lift force. Intelligent Access, also known as passive entry, allows the owner to unlock, lock and start the vehicle without having to revery for their crucials. Utilizing a radio frequency signal, the crucial fob allows the owner to start the vehicle with a press of a switch, and is able to activate central locking for the doors and the tailgate. In the case of a depleted battery, a mechanical crucial blade is incorporated into the fob design.
An Exhilarating Driving Experience
Inheriting vital capability from the truly effective Ranger and complementing that with DNA from the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor is established to turn mind throughout Australia and around the world.
“It is amazing to enable this level of performance and create a vehicle that can provide off-road fanatics this kind of an adrenaline rush,”
“It really is like a motocross bike, snowmobile and an ATV rolled up into a pickup truck – it’s an incredible amazing experience!”
The Ford Ranger Raptor will be produced in Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) using Ford’s latest state of the art manufacturing techniques and facilities.