Foutz Motorsports 2017 Ford F150 Raptor Race Truck Headed to NAIAS
The 2017 Ford F150 Raptor has similar expectations to the previous generation SVT Raptor, but rather than the proven drivetrain bits from the previous Raptor – including the 6.2L V8 and a 6-speed automatic transmission – the new Raptor relies on a handful of “unusual” mechanical components. Most notably, the V8 has been replaced by a new version of the 3.5L EcoBoost twin turbo V6 and the 6-speed automatic has been replaced by a new 10-speed gearbox.
Since it was announced that the 2017 F150 Raptor would rely on EcoBoost power sent through the new 10-speed gearbox, there have been critics who insisted that this drivetrain component won’t be ideal for a high performance pickup. To prove those folks wrong, Ford set up Greg Foutz Motorsports with a new production-spec F150 Raptor to campaign in a handful of key off-road races throughout 2016.
With the EcoBoost engine, the new 10-speed gearbox, the high performance suspension setup and the new advanced four wheel drive system, the 2017 Raptor “race truck” was able to finish some of the toughest races in North America.
“We didn’t slap our name on a trophy truck like other manufacturers do,” said Brian Bell, Ford Raptor marketing manager. “We ran a stock truck with full factory air conditioning, factory glass, AM/FM SIRIUS/XM satellite radio, the same engine and advanced off-road drivetrain and suspension that you’ll soon see at your Ford dealer.”
Raptor Races Through 2016
A while back, we talked about how the Greg Foutz Motorsports 2017 Ford F150 Raptor race truck had completed the Baja 1000, finishing 3rd in the Stock class and driving the crew 400 miles back to their shop after completing North America’s toughest off-road race. The Foutz Raptor finished that race with all of the key drivetrain components of a production road truck, in an event where 126 vehicles built specifically for off-road racing failed to cross the finish line.
More recently, Greg Foutz drove the 2017 F150 Raptor race truck to the finish line of the Pahrump Nugget 250 and while the results page from that series isn’t working right now, so I cannot check to see where in the field the Foutz Raptor finished – we know that this truck with production-spec components finished the race.
In total, during the course of the 2016 racing season, Greg Foutz logged 2,481 miles and spent more than 100 hours racing his 2017 Ford F150 Raptor race truck in some of the world’s most grueling conditions – and the truck finished those events when many full race vehicles did not.