Hitting SEMA before the big race.
Ford has re-invested in racing and motorsports to create better products, especially performance products. That dedication is apparent with their new F-150 Raptor and the fact that it will be putting its factory truck wheels in the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 – as a stock vehicle.
This isn’t the first time that Ford has put the F-150 Raptor’s stock truck wheels on the ground in the legendary race. Back in 2008 at the 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the first-generation Ford SVT F-150 Raptor R finished third in Class 8 competition, achieving a time of 25-hours, 28 minutes, and 10 seconds in the 631-mile race.
Now, the stock F-150 Raptor is back for the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 with Foutz Motorsports in the Stock Full Class. The standard, all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine with 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft. of torque powering all four truck wheels will be kept the same as the unit on the road, along with the ten-speed automatic gearbox.
“The stock engine, transmission and powertrain calibrations are phenomenal,” said Foutz. “Suspension-wise, everything else – including its wheels and BFGoodrich K02 tires – is carried over from the 2017 production model.”
The Ford F-150 Raptor that will be competing has only received necessary safety upgrades to meet the standards set for the Baja 1000. A Chromalloy steel safety cage, puncture-resistant fuel cell, racing seats with full harnesses, and Rigid Industries LED lighting were all added to qualify for the race. The factory springs and Fox Racing shocks were tuned to accommodate for the added weight and transfer it properly to the factory truck wheels.
The stock engine, transmission and powertrain calibrations are phenomenal,” said Foutz. “Suspension-wise, everything else – including its wheels and BFGoodrich K02 tires – is carried over from the 2017 production model.”
The new pre-production 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor that will be racing at the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 on November 16th to 20th will be shown at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas from November 1st through the 4th.