All-new 2017 F-150 Raptor race truck continues Ford’s tradition of demonstrating the toughness and durability of F-150 through off-road competition.

All-new 2017 F-150 Raptor race truck continues Ford’s tradition of demonstrating the toughness and durability of F-150 through off-road competition.

Ford’s confidence in the 2017 F-150 Raptor is high. So high, in fact, that it has been slated to compete in the factory stock racing class at events sanctioned by the Best in the Desert off-road racing sanctioning body. According to the class rules, the Raptor has to use the factory EcoBoost V6 engine displacing 3.5 litres, including all emissions controls, and a factory transmission.

“This is the most stock truck I’ve ever seen in my time building Ford race trucks,” said Greg Foutz, owner of Foutz Motorsports, Ford’s truck builder and primary race truck driver. “Without custom technology or other modifications, this all-new Raptor is ready to prove the toughness and performance in the Best in the Desert series.”

The (short) modifications list includes the suspension mounting and pivot points, racing-spec dampers and springs. Safety related modifications are a full roll cage, racing seats with safety harnesses, window nets, an LED light bar, and navigational and data logging systems. A fuel cell is also required for desert racing duties.

And that’s it. The good news is Ford has decided the 2017 F-150 Raptor is tough enough to go racing, using the fully-boxed frame and Torsen front differential straight from the production floor. The 17-inch beadlock wheels shod with BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 DOT-legal tires will be part of the stock racing set-up, along with the Ford Performance dual exhaust.

GALLERY: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor