raptor Rock Crawler
The Ford Raptor makes for an incredible off-road platform but it’s not the first vehicle that comes to mind when talking about rock crawling. Unless you’re Ryan Felish, of course. Ryan demonstrates the rock crawling capabilities of his Ford Raptor on a recent trip to Moab, Utah, including navigating the challenging Hell’s Gate.

Ford Raptor Drift feature
Did you know that roundabouts serve a couple of different purposes? Sure, initially they were designed to improve the flow of traffic but they’re also great for practicing your drifting skills.  This guy is apparently training to be the Ford Raptor Drifting world champion.

Check out this lime-green Ford Raptor showing off drifting skills in this roundabout.

Ford Raptor Pulling Feature
We often wish we could listen in on the conversation that took place just before some of the videos that we find online.  If we had to guess what lead up to this Ford Raptor vs. Chevy Silverado pulling contest, it probably went a little something like this…

If you’re been living under a rock for the last year or so then it’s possible you’ve missed the fact that Ford has an all-new Raptor coming as a 2017 model – which is part of the reason Ford didn’t offer Raptor in 2016. Ford has been teasing its newest version of the Raptor recently, which will be fitted with a new 10-speed transmission that will be paired with an updated 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine rated to produce 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque.

Just today, Ford unveiled the details on the terrain modes that will be featured in the new F-150 Raptor. Here’s the breakdown that Ford unveiled today:

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.”