Not long ago, we watched as the Ford Ranger Raptor and a first-gen Raptor were pitted against other pickups that are available in Europe. The Raptor trucks didn’t fare well in that race. This time out, the same gang at Carwow is drag racing three different Ford Raptor trucks, including the first-gen Raptor with a V8, the current-gen EcoBoost Ford Raptor, and a European Ranger Raptor.
The specs for second-gen current Ford F-150 Raptor feature a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 520 horsepower and 698 Nm of torque. Normally the V6 in the F-150 Raptor makes 450 horsepower; this one has a tune on it. The first-gen Raptor has a 6.2-liter V8 engine that makes 411 horsepower and 557 Nm of torque. The Ford Ranger Raptor has a smallish 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine that makes 213 horsepower and 500Nm of torque.
All three of the Raptor trucks line up, and the deck is certainly stacked in the second-gen F-150 Raptor’s favor since it has a tune. The current-gen F-150 Raptor used was supplied by Clive Sutton, and among the modifications was a conversion to right-hand drive. If the sound were a metric for winning the race, the first-gen Raptor would take it.
None of these trucks are meant for drag racing. The F-150 Monster Raptor did the quarter-mile in 15.1-seconds. The first-gen Raptor needed 16.7-seconds to run the quarter-mile. The poor diesel Ranger Raptor was in the distant back of the pack needing 18.7-seconds to run the quarter-mile. The Ranger Raptor is a very slow truck. The results were the same in a rolling race. The F-150 Raptor second-gen also won the braking contest from 70 mph, only slightly better than the Ranger Raptor.