Ford may have just launched its 6.2-liter V-8 Raptor, but according to reports, it has plans to test its wild truck with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine under the hood.
According to Pickuptrucks.com, Ford is currently testing its EcoBoost V-6 in a competition-modified version of its wild off-road Raptor R. The turbocharged truck will most likely be pushed to its limits later this year at the Best in the Desert racing series. If it holds up, we wouldn't be surprised to see it make a run at the Baja 1000 this November.
Earlier this year Ford announced the 3.5-liter EcoBoost will be available in its top-of-the-line F-150 models. The engine may be altered slightly to make close to 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Although impressive, if the engine were to be installed in a Raptor, those numbers would have to be improved upon, as its current 6.2-liter V-8 engine produces 411 horsepower and 434 pound feet of torque, and the heavily modified Raptor R makes nearly 500 horsepower. We suspect if Ford goes ahead with the plan, the 3.5-liter would produce similar, if not better, performance figures, while delivering improved fuel economy.