Sanderson Ford and partners built a 2012 Ford Raptor for the Special Olympics Arizona that was unveiled at SEMA this year and will be auctioned off at the 2013 Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson (with 100% of the sale price going to the AZ Special Olympics). The theme to this truck will be a heritage kickback to the “Ford Rough Riders” with its Red/White/Blue paint scheme.

Foutz Motorsports has agreed to partner with Sanderson Ford to produce this state of the art Raptor Pre-Runner. All sponsored products will be donated to Special Olympics and a letter will come directly from them so that you can write it off as a charitable contribution.

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Brian Deegan claimed two Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series championships driving his Ford F-150 SVT Raptor to the Pro 2 Unlimited Championship and his Ford Ranger to the Pro Lite Unlimited title.  Deegan won a combined 12 races en route to the championships and tallied 21 podiums.

“It has been a really good season,” said Deegan. “I am so blessed when I just think about the position I am in life. What a year. I don’t know if I will ever be able to top it as far as sports. Ford backed me the whole way and I had to produce.  I had to show Ford I could win, and we did. X games and two championships here in Lucas Oil including Pro 2 in my rookie year as well as a lot of records set. It was a tough race, this last one, but this is about a whole season and I am just pumped. It has been a great year.”

“Ford has an long and storied history in off road truck racing from the deserts of Dakar to the brutality of Baja and from the Rough Riders to the recent success of The General, Brian Deegan,” said Jamie Allison, Director Ford Racing. “Together, Brian and Ford have had a phenomenal season in 2011 winning gold at X Games and dominating his Lucas Oil Off-Road programs.  We are proud to be able to call him a Ford champion.”

Deegan reclaims the Pro Lite Unlimited title that he won in 2009 and lost by 13 points in 2010. He also claims the highly competitive Pro 2 Unlimited championship in his rookie season of Pro 2 Unlimited.

A legend in freestyle motocross, Brian Deegan took a risky step as an action sport athlete three years ago embracing four wheels as he launched a Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series program and started his rallycross career. Deegan’s quest has resulted in a banner year in 2011 with a pair of LOORRS titles in to go with the X Games 17 RallyCross gold he won in July.  Deegan also received an invitation to the Race of Champions in Germany where he competed with racing champions like Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.

“I feel like the true test of an athlete in this day and age is someone who can be a champion in multiple disciplines,” said Deegan. “I have been fortunate in my career with great partners like Rockstar and Ford who have given me opportunities to expand my career into other disciplines.”

For Ford Racing’s action motorsports program Deegan’s latest championships wrap up a successful 2011 season which the program accounted for seven championships.

* Tanner Foust, Ford Fiesta – Global RallyCross Super Rally Championship
* Tanner Foust, Ford Fiesta – Global RallyCross RallyCross Championship
* Tanner Foust, Ford Fiesta – Global RallyCross Championship Overall Champion
* Brian Deegan, Ford Fiesta – X Games RallyCross Champion
* Ford Motor Company – Global RallyCross Championship Manufacturers Champion
* Brian Deegan, Ford F-150 Raptor – Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 2 Unlimited Champion
* Brian Deegan, Ford Ranger – Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro Lite Unlimited

Ford recently released details on its 2012 F-150 SVT Raptor. The Raptor will return with new updates that include a new Torsen front differential, which will increase grip significantly for the front end of the truck and allow it to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades, even when the traction is split between the front tires.

Ford also explained in its press release on the 2012 Raptor last week that an internal helical gearset is used to help force torque from the wheel that is losing traction to the wheel with traction. The system is set with a torque bias ratio of 2.5:1 to help multiply torque from wheel to wheel and the preload is set to zero to help minimize steering feedback.

“This system is key for letting Raptor customers tackle new ground in their truck,” said Kerry Baldori, Ford SVT Global Performance Vehicle chief functional engineer. “Its extreme capability lends itself well to rock climbing situations.”

DALLAS, Sept. 29, 2011 – The 2012 F-150 SVT Raptor is set to deliver a new level of the no-compromise off-road performance the truck is famed for and, with a variety of new technologies and interior and exterior updates, it won’t disappoint.

“A major element of the SVT Raptor program is our work to continuously expand the capabilities it offers to customers. We want to cover all dimensions of off-roading – from desert running to rock climbing,” said Raj Sarkar, Ford F-150 Marketing manager. “We always aim to keep the product fresh and exciting, and all of our changes for 2012 reflect that.”

Additional capability for the 2012 F-150 SVT Raptor comes from a new Torsen front differential. The system increases grip significantly for the front end of the truck and allows it to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades, even when the traction is split between the front tires.

An internal helical gearset is used to help force torque from the wheel that is losing traction to the wheel with traction. The system is set with a torque bias ratio of 2.5:1 to help multiply torque from wheel to wheel and the preload is set to zero to help minimize steering feedback.