Check Out How the Ford Ranger Raptor Is Built

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In 2010, we got the first Ford Raptor off-road performance truck. Soon after, the Ford Ranger left America. I know people have been hoping that some way, some how, the two would be combined and now you can literally watch that happen. We still have to pray that the Ford Ranger Raptor will some day be sold in America, but for now it’s pretty neat to watch them get built.

Ford Thailand uploaded a video of its assembly line, showing the new Ranger Raptor’s mechanical birthing process pretty much from start to finish. But I actually like this reupload from Auto TV better, because it has a bunch of action footage afterwards:

We do know that the 2019 Ford Ranger, in non-Raptor form, will be hitting American dealers for sure to compete against the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier and kind of, the Honda Ridgeline.

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The new U.S. market Ranger is neat but based on specs alone, I’m not convinced it’s going to stand out in our current mid-sized market. However, a badass air-grabbing sand-mashing Raptor version with Fox off-road shocks and aggressive tires? Now that I would be pumped to see.

I think an EcoBoost-powered Ranger Raptor could give the cool but slow Colorado ZR2 a run for its money, and that would be a great new battlefield for the old Ford versus Chevy showdown that seems to be endless and ongoing.

Jalopnik Staffer from 2013 to 2020, now Editor-In-Chief at Car Bibles

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It actually blows my mind that an assembly line can be made / adapted to a new model in anything less that 100 years. Seems like just getting the robot welders to get all the welds right on a body would take years.

I obviously have absolutely no idea as to how manufacturers approach this but it seem like wizardry.