New Ford Ranger Raptor brings ultimate off-road pick-up performance
The commanding presence delivered by the ultimate Ranger’s imposing dimensions and extreme styling is supported by a unique Ford Performance chassis optimised for high-speed off-road driving and go-anywhere capability. Built to withstand high-impact off-road events, Ranger Raptor’s unique, super-strong reinforced chassis frame uses high-strength, low-alloy steels to endure the punishment delivered by off-road racing. Raptor’s race-bred suspension has been specifically crafted to tackle fearsome terrain at high-speed while remaining in complete control and comfort, using a 150 mm wider track and 51 mm taller ride height compared with the Ranger XLT.
FOX shock absorbers with Position Sensitive Damping provide higher damping forces at extremes for unparalleled off-road capability, and lower damping forces in more moderate conditions for a smoother ride on-road. Front damper travel is increased by 32 per cent, and rear travel by 18 per cent. The high performance 2.5-inch (63.5 mm) diameter dampers are supported by aluminium control arms, with protruding shock absorber towers at the front. A bespoke new coilover rear suspension arrangement features an integrated Watt’s linkage that allows the axle to move up and down with very little lateral movement.
Front braking is performed by twin-piston front callipers, increased in piston diameter by more than 20 per cent compared with the standard Ranger pick-up to 51 mm, and 332 mm by 32 mm ventilated discs. Rear braking performance is also enhanced with a 54 mm diameter rear calliper, and 332 mm by 24 mm ventilated discs. All-terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tyres have been specially developed for the Ranger Raptor. The 33-inch (838 mm) by 11-inch (285 mm) tyres offer a tough sidewall to take on the most formidable environments with confidence, and an aggressive off-road tread pattern that provides an iron grip in wet, mud, sand and snow conditions.
The unique chassis design is combined with optimised off-road geometry that delivers 283 mm ground clearance and 850 mm wading depth. A 32.5-degree approach angle, and ramp-over and departure angles of 24 degrees, provide impressive go-anywhere capability. Ranger Raptor also features unique underbody protection to deflect off-road obstacles. The new bash plate is made from 2.3 mm thickness high-strength steel in addition to the Ranger’s standard engine and transfer case under-shields. Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission is shared with the F-150 Raptor and has been created with high-strength steel, aluminium alloys and composites to optimise durability and weight. A modified rear bumper features an integrated tow bar with 2,500 kg capacity. Two front recovery hooks are able to shift up to 4,635 kg, and two at the rear are rated 3,863 kg. ■