Careening through the soft sand and jagged rocks of the California desert, flirting with 100 mph (160 km/h), the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor feels completely at home.
This is certainly where Fordís second-generation Raptor flourishes, but we canít forget that the Raptor is still a pickup truck. That means that despite its desert-running prowess, it still needs to tow, haul and work for a living. And Ford certainly didnít forget.
There are plenty of components that go into changing the F-150
into a Raptor, the most important of which is the suspension. New 3-inch FOX shocks are fitted all around, offering 13 inches of overall suspension travel in the front and 13.9 inches at the rear, an increase of nearly two inches compared to the previous Raptor.
The shock mounts and frame includes more high-strength steel than the previous Raptor as well, while new 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels
shod in specially designed BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tiresprovide traction.