The Ford Ranger Raptor returns home after surviving the Baja 1000 | Rare Techy
The Ford Ranger Raptor is no joke. It may be the smallest Raptor-branded product Ford currently makes, but make no mistake, it can still handle brutal desert trails and high-speed dunes like its larger Bronco and F-150 siblings. Nothing proves that more than the truck’s recent finish at the Baja 1000.
Ford Performance’s North American arm partnered with the company’s Australian division to field the Ranger Raptor at this year’s Baja 1000 in Mexico. The engine, transmission and the rest of the drivetrain were left unchanged to prove to the world the durability of the Raptor’s powerplant, while the rest of the truck was race-prepped by Australian firm Kelly Racing to ensure it could take the punch it was about to throw at it. Impossibly difficult roads for 1000s.
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The truck, driven by four driver/co-driver duos in the 828-mile event, won the Stock Intermediate class, where it was the only entry. According to Ford, the truck was the fastest of any competitor in the Stock classes without having a single major incident or repair throughout. The Ford Performance team was so confident in the vehicle’s condition after finishing that they took the Raptor back to their base in California. By our math, that’s about another 185 miles of driving.
“This is the Baja 1000, one of the toughest off-road races in the world,” Ford Performance Motorsport director Mark Rushbrook said in a statement. “This is the key that gives our vehicles the Ford Performance foundation to earn the Raptor badge. This effort has been a global effort for Ford Performance from the beginning, with Ford Australia doing the design and initial development, then shipping it to the States and working with all our partners to bring together all available resources to achieve this common goal. It takes a great truck and it takes great people. We have proven that we have both at a global level.