Even though it's not yet in production, Ford's in-house performance arm, Special Vehicle Team (SVT), took it upon themselves to enter the punishing Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race in Mexico with a modified 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor and surprising to many, finished with a respectable time of 25 hrs/28 min/10 sec.
Ford entered the 631 mile race with a single mission: Finish the race. But as exemplified by the thousands of demolished vehicles that headed to the Baja in years prior, the seemingly simple mission is definitely easier said than done. Amazingly, the Raptor R accomplished its goal and for added sweetness, placed third in Class 8. The truck ran in the more beefed up off-road class due to it not being eligible for the Stock Full Class, a production based segment that it was initially targeted to participate in.
As a result of classification, the Raptor R was prepared for hardier Baja battle by SVT engineers along with some help from Ford Racing and Foutz Motorsports Inc. Multiple modifications were undertaken for it to keep up with the more powerful race-ready Class 8 trucks, with only the transmission, axles, brakes and frame remaining from the upcoming production model. A more powerful 500-hp raced-tuned 6.2L V-8 was placed under the hood to keep it in contention as well.
When it hits showrooms next summer, the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor will initially receive the current F-150's 310-hp 5.4L V-8, with the bigger (likely 400-hp) 6.2L V-8 arriving winter 2009.