Blue Oval Launches Off-road Driving Experience
Backed by a strong tradition of offering high-performance driving opportunities for its modern-day muscle car (among others) Ford is now enrolling students for a very untraditional spin on that concept—featuring the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Ford’s Raptor Assault Program will kick off in April of next year with driving sessions dedicated to helping enthusiasts get the most out of the truck, whether they’re already owners looking to push their limits or just fans who want to enjoy an unforgettable experience with the ne plus ultra of street-legal off-road superstars.
As with the similar program for the Ford Mustang, the action takes place at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. Only instead of the facility’s highly challenging road course, Raptor Assault students will tackle some much tougher terrain that includes eight acres of rock-crawling, a 22-acre high-speed off-road circuit, and a 900-acre setup for desert-style racing.
It may sound intimidating, but then again, so does the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. And that’s meant literally, too, since the truck packs a 6.2-liter V8 that growls with 411 hp and 434 lb.-ft. worth of torque; it also sits on a full complement of high-capability suspension hardware, with a shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system with Torsen limited-slip differential, and a unique beadlock wheel option. On the other hand, Ford does stress that the Raptor Assault Program is suitable for drivers of all skill levels. Also, in addition to half- and full-day driving sessions with professional instructors, folks can sign up for ride-along opportunities and let the pros do the work.
"We're very excited about the Ford Racing Raptor Assault program," said Mickey Matus, Marketing Communication manager for Ford Racing. "The variety of terrain offered at Miller Motorsports Park is unique in North America, and perfectly suited to showcasing the high-performance off-road capabilities of the formidable F-150 SVT Raptor."
For more info, visit www.RaptorAssault.com.