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.

Off-Road.com was invited out for testing of the new TSCO Ford Raptor Pre-runners built by Craig Stewart’s RaceWorks in Santee, CA.

This is not the same truck you might see on the street or a showroom floor. It’s a full-blown, hand-built mechanical masterpiece, the first Ford Raptor Luxury Pre-runner of its kind.


Riverside, CA – The K&N High-Flow Intake System for the 2010 Ford F150 SVT Raptor 6.2L, ( 77-2579KTK), increases horsepower by an estimated 20 hp at 4830 rpm over the stock configuration. To achieve more horsepower, K&N replaces the original intake assembly; including the air box, air filter and intake tube with an all-new intake design. The new system draws air through a K&N High-Flow Air Filter that increases airflow and never needs to be replaced. Protecting the chrome top cone-shaped air filter, and isolating it from engine heat, is a powder coated heat shield that replaces the stock air box. Since the OEM air box and washer reservoir are mounted together, the K&N air intake system also includes a new washer reservoir to replace the OEM piece.  Air then travels through a larger diameter K&N black aluminum tube that is formed and shaped, in the design phase, to drive a more laminar flow of air to the truck’s engine.

The 77-2579KTK is available where quality performance is sold and is backed by the same K&N Million Mile Limited Warranty® as all K&N OE Replacement Air Filters.

K&N Engineering, Inc., with headquarters in Riverside, California, has been the world’s leader in performance filter technology since 1969, serving the needs of the automotive, motorcycle, marine, industrial and military markets. K&N is heavily involved in nearly every form of motorsports, from off-road and powersports, to drag racing, stock cars and road racing. For more information about K&N, please contact K&N Engineering, Inc., P.O. Box 1329, Riverside, CA 92502-1329, (800) 858-3333, (951) 826-4001 Fax, or to see updated vehicle applications visit www.knfilters.com®MSRP – $499.00

During the first 12 stages and 9000 kilometers of the Dakar Rally competition, Darren Skilton and Sue Mead alternated driving and navigation duties.

For this final leg, excited and exhausted, Mead took the wheel in Cordoba for Stage 13. It was another scorcher as they made their way to the Special, a 180-kilometer sprint to the finish.

“When I began looking into making this a reality 10 months ago, my greatest hope was just to just get here, to participate,” Mead said. “When we cleared Stage 12 in Cordoba and all the other Open Production cars were out, it sunk in. We could actually win our class.”