Earlier this year, no fewer than 86 Ford SVT Raptor pickups went north to Michigan’s scarcely-tamed Upper Peninsula to tackle a 780 mile course laden with snow and ice, all in the name of fun.
This was the fifth year for the annual “SnoBall,” reports Car Throttle, in which Ford SVT Raptor owners test what their trucks are really made of. This year’s long, wild course encompassed plowed back roads, logging routes, and unkempt seasonal trails, with the trucks often encountering 2-feet or more of snow. The total group of 86 Ford SVT Raptor owners was split into multiple small groups of 15 or so, in order to better address difficulties.
The Ford SVT Raptor is a beast of a truck, but even it sometimes encounters issues running along such high-demand trails.
According to Car Throttle, all 780 miles were travelled in just 3 days by the group, with roughly 12 hours a day actually spent behind the wheel. This means that over the course of the 2016 SnoBall, these Ford SVT Raptor pickups had to maintain an average speed of over 20 miles an hour – plenty of swiftness for such an untamed path. Even in temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius, the trucks sometimes need to take a breather to cool down, and when one driver gets stuck or breaks down, his or her entire group stops to help them out of it.
The 2016 SnoBall was the largest official point-to-point rally in Michigan history, and the organizers are planning to do it all again next year. If you’d like to partake in the festivities but you don’t have a Ford SVT Raptor, now is the time to scoop one up.