2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Bows At SEMA
By Kevin Miller
The SEMA show is going on this week in Las Vegas, and it is the venue Ford has chosen to show the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor. While the popularity of full-sized pickups has faded in recent months, people will always need trucks for work, and there will also always be people who like to customize trucks for off-road use. Ford’s all new F-series will be at retailers soon, and the SVT Raptor is a great way to build excitement for the new truck.
Setting the F-150 SVT Raptor apart from the base truck is the fact that it is more than seven inches wider than the base F-150. Other differences between the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor and conventional F-150 include a distinctive marker lights, a bespoke grille that has the Ford name carved into it; front bumper, vented hood, front fascia and fenders, functional hood extractors, fender extractors with ‘SVT’ bored out, as well as visible FOX Racing Shox, the only internal bypass shocks available on a street truck. Design elements from the unique grille and front fascia have been carried through to the interior on the console and dashboard. The steering wheel is wrapped in black leather and features a molten-orange leather strip that serves as a centering sight line
The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is powered by the F-150’s proven 5.4-liter Triton V-8 three-valve engine, which delivers 320 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. A new open-valve fuel injection strategy improves the air/fuel charge conditions in the combustion chamber, allowing greater spark advance at higher loads and engine speeds. This delivers increased horsepower during towing and higher rpm operations, lower emissions and more efficient use of fuel. A new 6.2-liter V-8 engine will be available after launch. The 6.2-liter engine features all-new architecture specifically designed for robustness in a truck application.
This high-performance off-road truck has a purpose-designed suspension, with 13.4 inches of usable travel in the rear suspension and 11.2 in the front. “With the F-150 SVT Raptor, we changed the axle, the whole front suspension is different – new upper A arm, new lower A arm, new tie rod, new half-shaft joints,” said Jamal Hameedi, Ford SVT chief engineer. “It’s well beyond what SVT has ever done with one of our vehicles.” Raptor’s wider track and softer suspension mean it will comparatively glide over obstacles. And when it has to be “launched,” be prepared for a soft landing. “The suspension does all the work to keep the truck’s attitude stable,” Hameedi said. The F-150 SVT Raptor also boasts unique internal bypass Fox Racing Shox, the only internal bypass shocks on a street truck. The position sensitive dampening internal bypass feature allows the shock to become significantly stiffer as it travels, preventing the truck from bottoming out.
Of course, the SVT Raptor also has a full compliment of electronic systems to keep drivers from exceeding the truck’s limits. Systems include AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) with two available settings – (sport mode and full off-road mode), Trailer Sway Control, Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Electronic Locking Differential , Hill Descent Control (the F-150 SVT Raptor is Ford brand’s first application of this technology), Off-Road Mode throttle map, and an Auxiliary Switch Board on the center console to make aftermarket customization easier.
Ford is entering a specially prepared version of the truck (called the F-150 SVT Raptor R) in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, which will run from November 20-23 on the Mexican Baja Peninsula. The intense off-road endurance race runs from sea level to 7,000 ft. altitude over 1,000 kilometers of sand, rock and mountain passes. The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R uses stock components of F-150 SVT Raptor, including the transmission, brakes and axles. The frame – the part of the truck that will take the most stress – is the same proven fully boxed frame that delivers class-leading towing and hauling in the base F-150. The race truck is powered by a specially calibrated 500 horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine. The race truck also has more suspension travel, better approach and departure angles, more horsepower, more ground clearance, and full racing specification seats, safety cage and harnesses.
The F-150 SVT Raptor will be built along side the new F-150 at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant at the historic Rouge Center in Dearborn, Michigan, where we’ve recently seen around 1,000 employees hired to facilitate production of the new truck. While the market for full-sized trucks may never return to the levels of the past decade, the new F-150 is a modern contender, and its versatility and strengths are highlighted by the SVT Raptor.
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