Ford is making a comeback to the grueling Baja 1000 off-road endurance event with a nearly standard 2017 F-150 Raptor.

Ford and the Foutz Motorsports team have joined forces to prepare the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor for the Baja 1000, but with the standard model already being a very competent off roader, the race-spec version hasn’t actually gone through a lot of changes. As a matter of fact, the only modifications are a safety cage, racing seats, puncture-resistant fuel cell, along with a full race harness and LED lighting. It still has the stock springs and shocks, but these had to be modified to cope with an increase in weight caused by the new kit installed.

Four-time Baja 1000 winner Greg Foutz will be behind the wheel of the F-150 Raptor powered by the stock 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 delivering 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque delivered via a ten-speed automatic transmission. Also taken from the regular model are the wheels and BFGoodrich K02 tires, along with the four-wheel-drive system with a torque-on-demand transfer case.

It even has its own Baja Mode, which upon activation will enable faster gear shifts and will also sharpen up the throttle response. It also locks the transmission into high-ratio four-wheel drive, while the Advance Trac traction/stability intervenes less. The feature is part of a six-mode Terrain Management System also including Normal, Sport, Weather, Mud/Sand, and Rock Crawl.

Ford will have the barely modified F-150 Raptor on display at SEMA starting today until Friday, ahead of the truck’s entry in the Baja 1000’s stock full class competition on November 16. Foutz is very confident in the vehicle's capabilities and says the new version is better in just about every way than the original F-150 Raptor, which he raced back in 2008 at Baja.

The Blue Oval company hasn’t released exact pricing details so far for the stock 2017 F-150 Raptor.

Source: Ford

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