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Ranger Raptor unleashed: Five of Ford's fastest bakkies


The Ranchero wasn’t that great for ranching cattle, but it was amazingly good at getting ranchers from farm to town in the shortest possible time - when required.


In the early 1990s, Ford decided to do something rather unusual and build a bakkie which could lap racing circuits at a pace not much slower than its Mustang muscle car.


Didn’t handle too tragically around corners either and with special rubber inserts added to the rear-axle’s leaf springs, wheel-hop during full-throttle acceleration was marginally contained.


It featured a great many more trick aero and styling bits than the 1993 Lightning's and although the V8 engine was slightly smaller, at 5.4-litres, it now benefitted from a crank-driven boost in the form of an Eaton supercharger.


Generally misunderstood due to its amazing off-road racer styling, the secret to Raptor was all the custom engineering beneath its menacing appearance.


Raptor was a road-legal version of Ford’s Baja 1000 off-road racing bakkies and featured similar long-travel Fox suspension, the kind of stuff you ordinarily can’t buy – even if you have a lot of bitcoin and ask nicely.


Beyond the amazing suspension technology, which enabled it to clear rough terrain at speeds which would break any other bakkie, it was Raptor F-150’s 6.2-litre engine which won over most pundits.




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