Ford will return to the Baja 1000 with the 2017 Rator, just like it did when the first Raptor was released in 2008, This year, the truck will run in Stock Full class, the same class Toyota participated in with a Tundra TRD Pro two years ago and will be campaigned by four-time Baja 1000 winner, Greg Foutz.
Impressively, this Raptor is fundamentally the same truck as what you’ll be able to buy at your local dealer. The only major changes were the addition of a roll cage, race seats and harnesses, Rigid Industries LED light bars, and a puncture-resistant fuel cell. Aside from that, the truck retains its stock twin-turbocharged V6 engine, drivetrain, aluminum body, and more.
“Suspension-wise, everything else – including its wheels and BFGoodrich K02 tires – is carried over from the 2017 production model,” says Foutz.
The truck has participated in a number of other off-road races this year, including the General Tire Vegas to Reno race. It will compete at the Baja 1000 from November 16 to November 20, and its competition will come in the form of a pair of Dodges, a Hummer, and a Toyota. The truck is also on display at the SEMA show this week.