The ballsiest move Ford has ever done?

 

The Ford Raptor is honestly one of the best performance trucks in existence, and the fact that you have a chance to take one home is super sick!

 But do you even know how the Ford Raptor came to be?

 Back in the 90’s, Chevy and GMC were starting to dominate the performance truck market.

 Chevy had released their 454 SS, which was a 454 cubic inch (7.4L) V8 motor cranking out 230 HP and 380 lb-ft of torque.

 GMC ended up following them a couple years later, with the GMC Syclone. It was basically a Sonoma with a turbocharged V6, pushing about 280 HP with a whopping 14 PSI of boost at its disposal.

 Ford felt super left out and finally decided to do something about it.

 They ended up partnering with SVT and created a beautiful beast that would scare the Syclone and the 454 SS…

 

They made the Ford SVT Lightning…

 which was essentially a Mustang GT with a friggen bed.

 Cranking 230 HP out of its 5.8L V8, it rose through the ranks as the fastest production pickup at the time!

 

Now we gotta fast forward to the 2008 SEMA show.

 Ford and SVT finally release the SVT Raptor.

 It was 6 inches wider than the stock F150, had 35 inch tires (which is friggen huge), and was honestly a beast of a truck.

 The base model had a healthy 390 HP at the crank, which was more than enough to get around on the dunes.

 

But Ford had a trick up their sleeve.

 They had a second model at SEMA…

 

The Ford SVT Raptor R.

 With a somewhat stock body, it was pushing around 500 HP with its 6.2L supercharged motor.

 

 Baja 1000.

They wanted to prove how reliable and how performance oriented the Raptor could be, allowing you to take the truck to the office on the weekdays and send it on the trails on the weekends.

 

So why not take a production model to one of the most demanding and challenging race courses in the world?

 It actually managed to cross the line in third place out of nine different teams, 5 of which couldn’t even cross the line!

 After a few revisions, we got our hands on one and now we want to give you the chance to take it home plus a whopping $5,000.

 

Are you ready to handle the power of the Raptor?

 

 

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