Ford's F-150 SVT Raptor (now available with 6.2-liter power!) may be quite the off-road beast, but for those who truly intend to run a Baja race straight from the factory, the new 2010 Ford Racing Raptor XT may be the perfect machine.
Although it features a complete interior, the Raptor XT is virtually a clone of the Raptor R race vehicle that competed in the 2008 SCORE Baja 1000. Like the Raptor R, Ford considers the XT for off-road use only, and can't be registered for street use. Ford believes customers will use it primarily as a pre-runner - a truck used to pre-run an off-road course prior to a race.
The Raptor's already incredible suspension design remains largely unchanged, although a few small tweaks allow the front wheels to have 15 inches of travel, up from 11.2" on the production truck. Likewise, the rear suspension now sports 18 inches of travel, up from 12.1" on the stock Raptor.
Motive power comes courtesy of Ford's new 6.2-liter V-8, although output has been boosted from 411 hp to approximately 500 hp. The Raptor XT will also come complete with an integral rollcage, five-point restraints, off-road beadlock tires, tubular bumpers, and high-power off-road lighting in front.
This extra off-road equipment will carry quite a price, however. Raptor XTs are expected to sticker at $99,950, and only 50 examples will be built.