Ford Ranger Raptor Is Ready For The 'Outback Attack' Asia Pacific Media Drive, Bringing Off-Road Ex
DARWIN, Australia, July 25, 2018 – The highly anticipated Ford Ranger Raptor is set to arrive in markets across Asia Pacific following its global reveal early in 2018. With Ford Performance DNA at its core, this high-speed desert runner pushes the limits in technology, innovation and driving excitement. Whether you’re going bush or for a desert drive, Ranger Raptor will make it a ride to remember.
“We are proud to unleash the Ford Performance version of the highly successful Ford Ranger pickup truck to our customers around the world,” said Trevor Worthington, Vice President, Product Development, Ford Asia Pacific.
“Our performance vehicles bring a different customer into Ford showrooms, and Ranger Raptor will help conquest new customers looking for a Ranger with immense off-road capability like no other. We have a passion for bringing the best to our customers, and Ranger Raptor showcases the best of Ford Performance’s expertise in performance vehicle design and engineering.”
Ready to set a new benchmark in high-performance, off-road pickup capability, Ranger Raptor packs a hefty punch that makes it arguably the most capable truck in its segment to drive.
Take one look at the Ranger Raptor, and you know this off-road high-performance truck means business. Its imposing stance, with 283mm of ground clearance and 150mm wider front and rear track, lets you know that this is a serious off-road performance machine. Its aggressive grille with the big bold FORD block lettering screams Raptor DNA – the real thing, with genuine Ford Performance.
But more than just tough looks, Raptor’s distinct design elements are also functional. The front fenders are made from durable composite materials for exciting off-road adventures. The front bumper includes new LED fog lamps with air-curtain ducts, which reduce air resistance. The flared shape of the fenders have been designed to accommodate the long travel suspension and off-road tyres.
Step inside Ranger Raptor, and you will enter a world where it is unmistakably Ford Performance. The sports seats are uniquely designed and trimmed in Technical Suede for maximum grip, providing support during high-performance off-road driving, or while cruising in town.
Other sporting details distinguishing the Raptor include blue stitching and leather accents, as well as the aggressively-styled instrument cluster. The steering wheel features perforated leather hand grip sections, paired with Raptor DNA lightweight magnesium paddle shifters for crisp gear changes. The Raptor logo is debossed into the bespoke bezel of the steering wheel and an “On-Centre” marker – a red stripe at the top-middle of the wheel — helps guide you to where the wheels are pointing.
Powerful Bi-Turbo Diesel Performance
Ranger Raptor backs up its aggressive looks by delivering great performance and responsiveness. The Ranger Raptor is equipped with an all-new highly advanced Bi-Turbo engine that delivers a maximum of 157kW of power and a strong 500Nm of torque – more than any Ranger to date. This innovative engine offers both high performance and efficiency, thanks to its sequential turbocharging system that delivers performance when you demand.
The Bi-Turbo engine has been designed from day one for some of the most challenging and stressful applications. This rigorous testing regime included running a thermal cycle, heating both turbos to the point of glowing red for 200 hours non-stop. The high grade alloy turbo housing ensures durability up to 860oC, while the turbo bearings and low-pressure turbo are water cooled to reduce temperature and protect the air induction components.
Ranger Raptor’s 10-speed paddleshift automatic has been created with high-strength steel, aluminum alloys and composites to optimize durability and reduce weight.
Offering 10 gears means a wider ratio-span, resulting in better acceleration and responsiveness. With more room to optimize gear spacing, gear progression can be customized for more accurate and quicker shifts. It also features real-time adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms engineered for precise gear selection.
Take On The Baja
To further underline its desert rally credentials, the Ranger Raptor’s Terrain Management System (TMS) includes a unique exciting Baja mode, inspired by Mexico’s famous Baja Desert Rally, and enables ultra-responsive, high-speed off-road performance. In this mode, vehicle systems like Traction Control are pared back to allow spirited off-road driving with less intervention from the vehicle’s on-board systems. Gear selection is optimized for maximum performance, and the mapping will hold gears longer and downshift more rapidly for even better response.
Extreme Stopping Power
And, when you need to come to a halt, the braking system on the Ranger Raptor offers extreme stopping power through new and bespoke components. The front twin-piston calipers have been increased by 9.5mm in diameter and feature ventilated rotors in an impressive 332 x 32mm size. Also, for the first time on a Ranger, disc brakes at the rear include a brake actuation master cylinder and booster to increase braking performance, as well as ventilated 332 x 24mm rear rotors and a new 54mm caliper.
Withstand The Shock
The Ranger Raptor’s off-road capability is enhanced by sophisticated Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers exclusively manufactured by FOX. These are designed to provide higher damping forces at full jounce and rebound, and lower damping forces in the mid-travel zone for outstanding on-road comfort. The Watt’s linkage rear suspension has been specifically engineered to tackle tough terrain at high-speed while remaining in control and comfort, offering the best of both worlds.
Grip For Any Terrain
To tackle unforgiving terrain, Ranger Raptor’s specially developed BF Goodrich All-Terrain 285/70 R17 KO2 tyres offer a tough sidewall to navigate all environments with confidence. Its high grip levels extend adventure time on and off-road, with the rugged tread pattern boosting Ranger Raptor’s wet, mud, sand and snow handling ability.
The Ranger Raptor is loaded with convenience features for both on and off-road adventures. The Satellite Navigation System offers a “breadcrumb” feature to leave a trail in uncharted areas – perfect for the serious off-roader. Ranger Raptor is also equipped with Ford Stability Control, incorporating Roll Mitigation Function utilising clever sensors to anticipate and minimize oversteer, understeer and rollover incidents.
“The standout experience of the Ranger Raptor, hands down, is how far you can push it off-road versus any other available standard production road vehicle, and still provide amazing ride comfort on-road,” said Damien Ross, Chief Program Engineer, Ford Ranger Raptor.
“Everything about the Ranger Raptor builds on the already outstanding sophisticated feel and functional capability of the Ranger, and then goes further. From a driving dynamics and fun standpoint, it is really an exceptionally special truck.”
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