Project Raptor: Rumors That Ford is Looking to Offer a Hard Core, Off-Road Version of the New F-150
By: Mike Levine Posted: 01-28-08 14:01 PT
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The hard-core off-roaders at Four Wheeler Magazine have gotten the low down on a skunk works project at Ford to build and sell an uber off-road version of the new F-150 to the public. If the truck becomes a reality it could make the already capable FX4 edition look like a crossover utility.

Ford engineers have labored for months on the project, code named "Raptor".

The Raptor F-150 is expected to feature a long-travel suspension, like desert racers use in the Baja 1000. The extra travel in the suspension (potentially twice as much as a conventional suspension) allows the truck to quickly cross over rutted and hilly terrain.

Up until now, long-travel suspensions have only been available through the aftermarket as expensive retrofits of stock pickups. Ford is reported to be working with long time suspension manufacturer Fox Racing, to ensure the best of both factory and aftermarket engineering work well together when the truck leaves the showroom floor.

Four Wheeler says the truck is still a year-and-a-half to two-years out, but it sounds like it will be well worth the wait.

Read on to find out more about the Raptor F-150 at Four Wheeler.

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