This Raptor looks the part
ord s much-anticipated Ranger Raptor high-performance bakkie is due to go on sale in SA in the second quarter of 2019, at a price still to be announced.
The Raptor features a reinforced chassis supported by completely different front and rear suspension compared to the standard Ranger.
Up front this unique Ford Performance model is equipped with heavy-duty springs and sturdy aluminium upper and lower control arms in place of the welded steel units of the standard Ranger.
At the rear, the Raptor features a multilink solid rear axle with Watt’s linkage that has more in common with the setup employed on the Everest SUV than the normal Ranger.
Motorsport-derived Position Sensitive Damping Fox shocks are used, along with huge ventilated disc brakes all round.
Accommodating the Ranger Raptor’s long-travel suspension, 150mm wider track, 168mm wider body and much bigger tyres required significant upgrades at numerous points
Falong the assembly line.
There are about 350 parts that are unique to the Ranger Raptor, which adds a lot of complexity to the line.
One of the biggest updates for the 2019 Ford Ranger and Everest will be the launch of the new-generation four-cylinder turbodiesel engines, including the advanced 157kW and 500Nm biturbo unit that, paired with a new 10-speed automatic gearbox, will power the Ranger Raptor and selected Ranger and Everest models.
The existing Duratorq TDCi engines, in 2.2l four-cylinder and 3.2l five-cylinder guises, are also fitted on the assembly line.
The Raptor looks the part with its elevated ground clearance, huge all-terrain BF Goodrich tyres and bold black grille, along with the black wheel-arch flares. It comes with a five-mode Terrain Management System offering two road and four offroad settings.
THERE ARE ABOUT 350 PARTS THAT ARE
A Ranger Raptor fresh off the assembly line is driven over a rough-road course to check for rattles. Left: Ford’s Silverton plant churns out about 530 Ranger bakkies and Everest SUVs every day.