FR Raptor XT: Ford Racing's New $100K Limited-Edition Baja Pre-RunnerS

The Ford SVT Raptor XT, a production version of the fully-caged, coilover-suspended, 6.2-liter, 500HP Raptor Baja pre-runner. Pick up your jaws and believe, Ford's building fifty and selling 'em for a cool $99,950.

There aren't any official images of the Raptor XT but there don't really need to be — just take the Raptor R that ran the SCORE Baja 1000 last year and add an interior and glass and you have the Raptor XT. We're not kidding. The Raptor XT comes equipped with a whole host of very serious off-road racing upgrades over the already crazy-capable Raptor. Let's just run down the list:

  • 500 HP version of Ford's new 6.2 liter V8
  • Full 4130 chromoly roll cage
  • Coilover four-link rear suspension with 18" of wheel travel
  • Fox Racing tuned front suspension with 15" of travel
  • 37" BFG Baja T/A tires with bead locks
  • Tubular bumpers
  • Auxilary light bar
  • Front locking differential in addition to the standard rear locker
  • Factory five point harnesses and racing seats

Needless to say. It's a beast. A BEAST. That's 89 HP more than the optional 6.2 liter V8 upgrade in the Raptor, already the most powerful gas engine in the truck market at 411 HP at 5,500 RPM (that's regular Raptor only). With the addition of the full roll cage, race-ready suspension and aux lighting, it's expected to be the choice for professional desert racing teams to do their pre-running in — the thing's got satellite radio and air conditioning fer Chrissake.

Now the bad news. They're off-road only — no VIN number and no chance to get one. Ford's only going to build a total of 50 of these monsters and finally, they're selling them at a monstrous $99,950. That's a $100k pick-em-up truck. Sure, it's probably cheaper than you can build a fer-real Baja runner, but those two figures together place the Raptor XT into the realm of supermodels and movie stars; It's beautiful to look at, and you can't help but imagine how it performs, but it's not within the realm of possibility to have for yourself.

F-150 SVT RAPTOR MOST POWERful HALF-TON AVAILABLE, NOW EVEN MORE CAPABLE OFF-ROAD

LAS VEGAS – Just one year after Ford unveiled the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor at the SEMA show, Ford today is announcing the long-anticipated power figures for the all-new 6.2-liter premium V-8 engine now available in this ultimate high-speed off-road performance truck.

When this optional powertrain in the Raptor arrives in showrooms in early 2010, the 6.2-liter V-8 will produce 411 hp and 434 ft.-lb. of torque, making Raptor the most powerful half-ton pickup available. Customers will now have the choice of two V-8 engines in the Raptor, Ford's proven 5.4-liter Triton V-8 or the new 6.2-liter V-8, which can be ordered beginning Dec. 1, with an MSRP of $41,995 including destination and delivery.

The F-150 SVT Raptor, launched in August with Ford's proven 320-hp 5.4-liter Triton V-8, is off to a strong start. Orders for the Raptor equipped with the standard 5.4-liter stand at more than 3,000, and the plant is at maximum capacity producing the ultimate high-speed off-road truck. In addition, Ford Racing will soon offer the 2011 FR Raptor XT, making Raptor even more capable in the rough stuff, but without giving up the control and comfort found in the production Raptor.

Considered an off-road-only pre-runner, the FR Raptor XT from Ford Racing builds upon the production Raptor's already impressive capabilities. The FR Raptor XT is nearly the same truck that finished the 2008 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, but with all the comfort and convenience you'd find in a production Raptor. Essentially, FR Raptor XT is a turnkey professional pre-runner.

Key specifications of the FR Raptor XT include:
500-hp (est.) 6.2-liter naturally aspirated engine
Six-speed automatic transmission
Electronically selectable 4x4; 4.56 gear sets; front and rear e-lockers
A-arm with uni-ball front; four-link RR suspension
15-inch front/18-inch rear wheel travel
Coil-over with bypass shocks front and rear
Chromoly "4130" rollcage; extensive skid plating
Full featured interior, including power windows/windshield and air conditioning
Factory seating with five-point restraints
Off-road beadlock wheel/tires
Unique appearance package including tubular front and rear bumper and integral lighting

The FR Raptor XT joins Ford Racing's successful turnkey race Mustangs available only from Ford dealers. There will be a production run of 50 units carrying a price of $99,950. The FR Raptor XT is not street legal, and is intended for off-road use only. Production timing will be announced at a later date.