Back in 2017 – following the debut of the second-generation Ford F-150 Raptor – FoMoCo launched the Raptor Assault driving school, which teaches owners all about the rugged pickup’s many features, then lets them use that newfound knowledge while traversing various types of terrain in the deserts of Utah. As interest in off-roading continues to grow, The Blue Oval also added the Bronco Off-Roadeo to its slate of offerings, as well as a special experience just for the Ford Bronco Raptor and is also considering similar experiences for Australian customers. Now, following the launch of the all-new third-generation F-150 Raptor in China – which differs a bit from the U.S. version and is sold directly to customers – the automaker is also giving owners there the chance to attend the new Ford F-150 Raptor Off-Road Academy.
The new Ford F-150 Raptor Off-Road Academy recently kicked off with a media and owner event in Dongchuan, a small county that’s located near Kunming in Southwest China. There, attendees were able to get some expert instruction from pro drivers before embarking on a journey across some curated terrain, which included loose dirt roads, jumps over both dirt and wooden ramps, a river crossing, and various other types of surfaces.
Though it’s a brand new product, there are already plans to expand the Ford F-150 Raptor Off-Road Academy moving forward, adding in more advanced courses tailored to suit drivers of all skill levels, from beginner to expert.
Interestingly, Chinese F-150 Raptor buyers can opt for a unique option dubbed the “Off-Road Ownership Service Package,” which includes free replacement of 11 wear and tear parts, all-terrain assistance, off-road maintenance, and cleaning as part of Ford’s all-inclusive life-cycle off-road support, an annual inspection service and service pickup and delivery, free Sync+ data service, and a variety of customized solutions and merchandise for activities including desert driving, fishing, and camping.