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Ford F-150 Raptor Race Truck Finishes Brutal ‘Best In The Desert Mint 400’ Race

The Ford F-150 Raptor just finished the 2016 Best In The Desert “Mint 400” over the weekend, becoming the first truck to finish a race in the factory stock class in this series.

The factory stock class is brand new to the Best In The Desert racing series, and it represents the most production-spec truck class ever. This means that the Ford F-150 Raptor race truck that ran over the weekend is essentially unaltered from what buyers will receive when it launches for the 2017 model year. The short list of notable modifications includes race-optimized external-bypass Fox Racing Shox, a custom roll cage, MasterCraft seats with 5-point safety harnesses, and taller, higher-compression coil springs.

Ford says that the F-150 Raptor race truck was one of just 19 trucks in the limited group to finish this year’s Mint 400, out of a total of 68 teams.

“We’re really pleased with the F-150 Raptor’s performance,” said Greg Foutz, one of the team’s drivers. “The all-new F-150 Raptor race truck was strong throughout, and its new high-output EcoBoost engine and transmission are seriously impressive.”

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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