The Ranger Raptor features distinctive design cues inside and out that are functionally driven. At the front, a stunning new grille takes styling cues from the world’s first factory-built high-performance off-road truck, the F-150 Raptor.
Using composite materials, the front fenders not only look tough, but resist dents and dings often associated with off-road usage. The flared shape of the fenders is required for the long-travel suspension and oversized tyres.
The exterior colour palette include Lightning Blue, Race Red, Shadow Black, Frozen White, as well as a unique Hero colour for the Ranger Raptor, Conquer Grey. Contrasting Dyno Grey accents help to accentuate the vehicle’s look even further.
The Ranger Raptor’s chassis is a new unique frame that is specifically designed for the vehicle to travel at high speeds off-road and endure the punishment that off-road racing entails. The innovative new coilover rear suspension uses a Watt’s link setup with solid rear axle to provide superior lateral control off-road, while also helping to improve ride and handling.
The frame design incorporates new geometry for the large suspension, providing the Raptor DNA’s increased track and wheel travel. Built to withstand high-impact off-road events, the Ranger Raptor’s frame consists of various grades of high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel. The stiffened side-rails are made from increased HSLA-grade steel to absorb off-road high-speed impacts.
The vehicle’s Terrain Management System (TMS) offers six modes for various driving experiences, which can be selected via a dedicated five-button switch located on the steering wheel. Each mode has been calibrated to offer the best possible combination of technologies working in unison to tackle the chosen terrain or driving style with aplomb.
The Ranger Raptor powertrain features cutting-edge technology to offer more power and torque, better fuel economy, less weight, and off-road-specific calibrations for engine, transmission, driveline, steering, brakes and Electronic Stability Control system.
In a bold move to deliver incredible performance and responsiveness, a 10-speed automatic transmission is combined with a new 2-litre bi-turbo diesel engine in the Ranger Raptor to deliver a maximum of 213hp of power and 500Nm of torque.
The 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. Having 10 gears means a wider ratio-span, resulting in better acceleration and responsiveness. With more room to optimise gear spacing, engineers could customise gear progression far more efficiently than before, providing more accurate and also quicker upshift and downshift capability.
The Ranger Raptor will be produced in Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) using the automaker’s latest manufacturing techniques and facilities.
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