The all-new, next-generation Ford Ranger Raptor just debuted in its North American spec yesterday, but the mid-size high-performance off-road pickup has already participated in numerous off-road racing events including the Baja 1000 – where it scored a class win – as well as the Tatts Finke Desert Race in Australia. Now, the Ford Ranger Raptor has yet another off-road accomplishment to add to that growing list after the pickup earned a class win at the Simola Hillclimb in South Africa.
The Ford Ranger Raptor that participated in this event was completely stock, and despite slippery conditions, Anthony Taylor managed to pilot the pickup to victory in its first appearance in this particular event. It was also joined by a conglomerate of Shelby Super Snake Mustangs – on hand to celebrate 100 years since Carroll’s birth – earning two class wins and a third place ranking in the final.
“Although the Raptor’s greatest virtues lie in its off-road ability, we are delighted to demonstrate that its incredible performance also extends to the tarmac” said Minesh Bhagaloo, Director for Communications at Ford South Africa. “This event is further evidence that the Raptor’s motorsport DNA is genuine and faithfully follows a lineage of other thoroughbred Ford Performance vehicles.”
“The Raptor performed flawlessly throughout the event and set a new benchmark time for a standard production bakkie in one of the country’s premier motorsport events. At the same time, it endeared itself to thousands of South Africans, either at the event, or watching the live stream. We would like to thank Anthony for embracing this unique challenge and showing such passion for the Blue Oval.”
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No surprise. The Ranger Raptor will be just as capable as F150 Raptor but more practical. I’m all in! 💯
I bet that thing is a blast to drive. I’m normally in an F250 that has a turn radius of an 18 wheeler.
Yes a Neat 4X4 Truck the Ranger Raptor. Hopefully Ford Racing Ford Quality will follow suit. Like thee old 1970 s Chevrolet s Trucks. Shhhh I hear a Chevy Rusting in the wind. Bad Primer Paint heat treatment adhesive too MICRO ALLOY STEELS OF 60 S AND 1970 S. TIMES CHANGING ALWAYS. Now I see recall of Ford’s hahe. This Ranger Raptor should with Ford Racing Expertise. Should do good. Bet it is a Blast too drive . Chevrolet which I love as Ford Vehicles and a Chrysler Fan also . LOVE ALL. LOVE FORD RACING AND THEE OTHERS.ALSO. Like all Makes Prices have too come down. Hopefully a Maverick something like it. RAPTOR MAVERICK?.
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