The mighty Ford Raptor is not officially available in the United Kingdom, but there are a few importers who can set you up with one… for a price, of course!
The rugged, performance-tuned version of the F-150 is a fairly common sight in America, where massive trucks rule the “wide open” roads, not as work vehicles but rather as grocery-getters. Can you imagine one cruising the narrow streets and navigating the tiny parking spaces of Europe, let alone the UK?
Climbing into the cab is a mission in itself. The high ride height and general expansiveness of the interior puts some studio apartments to shame. The centre console alone could store a weekend bag with ease.
Creature comforts come in the form of heated leather seats, Ford’s sync 3 system and even a proper plug socket; Naturally, it only fits an American outlet.
Powered by a detuned version of the same engine found under the hood of the Ford GT supercar, the Raptor 450bhp and a very respectable 510 lb ft. of torque that’s managed by a 10-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system.
As you’d imagine, Ford’s super half-tonne feels big, really big. The steering weight makes you feel like you’re in charge of a cruise ship when driving at normal speeds, and like a luxury cruise ship, the cabin is very livable and noise levels are minimal despite the massive off-road tyres.
You will be surprised when you step on the gas — for such a heavy car, this truck has no problem moving. The steering also comes alive at speed, allowing the driver to tackle country lanes as well as its British designed cousin, the Focus RS. It’s best to leave the beast in automatic as 10 gears are simply too much to control manually.
Mark Hamilton of had the opportunity to drive the Raptor, and the following to say:
“This really would be a sight to behold, I don’t think any of us understand just how big American cars are. I’m sure the Raptor would be a lot of fun but cause some issues if you want to park it!”
Unsurprisingly, you do get stares when mowing around in the civilized world. Other drivers treat it like a wild animal, providing it with huge amounts of space for it to pass. Traffic light racers are easy to dismiss, it’s all the more satisfying knowing you embarrassed someone in a 2.5-ton truck.
Off-roading id what this monster was created for. Engage Baja mode on a rough field or track and you’ll be instantly amazed by how comfortable the ride is while bouncing off pot holes at 50 mph.
New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Turns Up The Heat On Camaro, Challenger
The new GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle ever built.
A supercharged, 5.2L V8 breathes under the hood of this monster from Dearborn, producing “more than 700 horsepower” transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic. Unfortunately, there is no option for a manual transmission.
By comparison, the most recent Mustang GT350 — formerly the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle ever built — cranks out 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque from a naturally-aspirated 5.2L flat-plane crankshaft V8 that’s paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
It’s not just a supercharger and a more sophisticated gearbox that sets the GT500 apart from the lesser GT350, however. Ford’s engineers also equipped bigger brakes, notably 16.5-inch, two-piece rotors that embarrass the Challenger Hellcat’s massive serving trays; a cooling system that allows for 50 percent more airflow over the engine; revised aerodynamics that improve downforce; and a re-tuned suspension with standard MagneRide.
Buyers can further enhance their car with an available Handling Package and Carbon Fiber Track Pack. The former includes adjustable strut top mounts and a spoiler with an integrated Gurney flap, while the latter (as you would expect) adds lots of carbon fiber bits inside and out and a set of Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that are more track-ready than the standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4S.
All the standard and optional performance goodies combine to allow this Ford to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the “mid-3-second” range and complete the quarter mile in under 11 seconds.
Visually, the Mustang Shelby GT 500 gets a wider front grille and a more muscular hood than the GT350, as well as wider front and rear fenders, a new rear spoiler and updated composite materials in the rear diffuser. Highlights of the interior include Recaro seats, a 12-speaker B&O Play audio system are available, and unique Shelby badging.
Which would you choose: The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat? Let us know in the comments below, stating your reasons why.
Ford Increases Production Of New Ranger To Meet Strong Demand
People like Ford’s new midsize truck — they really like it.
Ford has that demand for the new Ford Ranger is exceeding expectations, prompting it to start overtime shifts to increase production.
The American automaker says about 300,000 buyers have already indicated plans to buy the new Ranger and expects to sell 1,200 units in the truck’s first full month of production.
“Based on the orders coming in, and based on the hand-raisers, we think the demand’s going to be so strong, that starting in February our assembly plant will be going into massive overtime,” Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of North America.
It’s a good start for the new Ranger, but if Ford wants to beat the the segment-leading Toyota Tacoma , it will need to sell a lot more than 1,200 units per month.
The Tacoma sold between 16,000 and 23,000 units each month in 2018, while Chevrolet sold between 8,000 and 12,000 midsize Colorados. At its peak in the 1990s, the old Ranger sold more than 300,000 Rangers per year.
In other news, Ford has confirmed that it’s developing a new pickup truck even smaller than the Ranger to offer a more urban friendly alternative for buyers.
Ford Mustang Hybrid Will Have V8 Engine And AWD?
Ford’s gasoline-electric muscle car will be a first in more than one way.
The upcoming Ford Mustang hybrid might actually have a V8 engine like its predecessors, literally giving it V8 power rather than the “V8-like” power previously alluded.
New patent filings uncovered by suggest Ford doesn’t necessarily see electrification as an excuse to downsize. Filed by the American automaker in July 2017 but not published until January 2019, the filings outline a “twin motor drive system for hybrid vehicle” consisting of a a longitudinally-mounted internal combustion engine that powers the rear wheels and a two electric motors that each spins one of the front wheels via a reduction gearbox.
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This setup effectively gives the Mustang all-wheel drive for the first time ever in the model’s long and storied history.
Although the patent notes the hybrid system is compatible with a variety of internal combustion engines, it clearly shows an eight-cylinder engine. Ford wasn’t necessarily alluding to V8-like power when it announced back in 2018 that the Mustang hybrid would have “V8 levels of power and even more torque.”
The company has fast-tracked the Mustang hybrid to production, with plans to release it sometime in 2020. How do you envision it?