The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor was officially revealed just last month, prior to which we spotted and reported on a vast array of prototypes bearing interesting features. But now, we’ve spotted a somewhat strange, slammed F-150 Raptor prototype that’s wearing assorted types of camo, including “street sweeper” camo underneath designed to disguise a vehicle’s suspension. And it has us wondering what in the world is going on here.
There are several reasons Ford might be testing a slammed F-150 Raptor prototype that, as we can see in the comparison below, sits far lower than a stock Raptor. For starters, perhaps it could be some sort of Lightning or 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor revival, a return of the high-performance street truck that some have been calling for in recent years.
It would make sense to use the high-performance off-road-focused Raptor as a testbed for a new high-performance, on-road-focused Lightning, though it’s fair to question why Ford would leave the Raptor’s beefy 315/70/R17 BFGoodrich K02 All-Terrain T/A tires on the slammed prototype.
Another very solid possibility is that Ford is testing an air suspension setup for the F-150 Raptor or perhaps even the forthcoming Raptor R, which will come equipped with Ford’s supercharged 5.2L Predator V8. Quite a few higher-end vehicles these days are available with an air suspension, which allows the driver to raise or lower the vehicle at the push of a button or flip of a switch.
This would certainly explain why the prototype has street sweeper camo underneath it as well. Without it, we would easily be able to tell if the truck is equipped with an air suspension, so it would behoove Ford to conceal this as much as possible.
One thing is for certain – this slammed F-150 Raptor, which was spotted heading into Ford’s test track, exists for a reason. What that reason is, well, that’s currently unclear.
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