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Ford Ranger Raptor Racetruck Set To Take Thailand By Storm: Video

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As if we needed to say it, the Ford Ranger Raptor is a highly capable off-road vehicle. But what if it could be outfitted to kick ass on the racetrack? That’s what Ford Team Racing has embarked to find out by modifying a Ranger Raptor for that exact purpose. While the truck received an engine swap some time ago, it’s still undergoing testing before it competes in the Thailand Super Series at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand’s Buriram Province starting October 30th. That being said, it sounds pretty great so far.

Although ostensibly a Raptor, the Ranger received a host of modifications to make it more capable on the race track. Stock Raptors are equipped with the Ford EcoBlue 2.0L I-4 Bi-Turbo diesel rated at 210 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. But the team jettisoned that engine for a different Ford diesel powerplant.

The Ford Ranger Raptor racetruck now cradles the Ford Power Stroke 3.2L five cylinder turbodiesel, which is rated stock at 185 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. However, the team clearly tuned it well beyond those ratings. The Ranger Raptor’s stock six-speed manual stayed put. It’s also very likely that the Ranger received a bunch of other modifications not mentioned in the video.

Ford Ranger Raptor racetruck

The Ranger also got lowered for racing duty. But perhaps the most visible change stems from the tires. The 245/40R17 rubber clearly doesn’t belong on the Raptor, but regulations forced the team to go with the Ventus RS-4 all-season rubber. Either way, it does give the Ranger a unique stance, if not one that’s a bit too narrow.

After some initial hiccups involving blown head gaskets, the Ranger Raptor successfully underwent several test laps. Overall, it seems ready to race against the likes of the Toyota Hilux and Izuzu D-Max. In fact, it will be the first factory-supported and built Ford Ranger to compete in the series. Hopefully, the team can pull off a win in the country where the Ranger Raptor initially debuted.

We’ll have more Ford racing news soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Ranger news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

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Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. SW

    Based on the standard EMEA/APA Ranger 3.2l not the Ranger Raptor…

    “This race-spec Ranger is based on the variant powered by a 3.2-liter Duratorq engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The Duratorq has supposedly been tuned for better performance, but we don’t have the exact numbers. But just to give you an idea of how much power it generates, note that the stock turbocharged engine generates 197hp and 470Nm of torque in bone-stock Rangers.”

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  2. Roy Chile’s

    The body and lowering kit needs to come to America add the Focus RS 350hp 2.3 and that would be a Coo truck to Cruise around in and have some fun

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