Watch a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Prototype Rip Through Sand Dunes

Since the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor broke cover at the 2015 Detroit auto show, Ford has been coy on official details and specs. Thankfully, a new video gives us a peek at a prototype of the new off-road performance truck ripping through sand dunes and streams.
This isn’t the first time we have seen a Raptor prototype strut its stuff off-road. Ford previously had a prototype tackle muddy hills and rutted paths in a different video. While the truck appears to be extremely capable over nearly every type of terrain, the Raptor is most at home when barreling through deep sand in a desert environment.
2017 Ford F 150 Raptor Silver Lake Suspension

Ford captured the prototype strutting its stuff with a drone, so we get a fantastic aerial-view of the action. In addition to the overhead footage, fender and undercarriage-mounted cameras let us see the heavy-duty Fox suspension at work.

The truck makes short work of the sandy course, thanks in part to a bump in power under the hood. Unlike the old Raptor, which utilized a 6.2-liter V-8 that pushed out 411 hp, the new Raptor packs a forced-induction punch from a 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V-6, sending 450 hp through all-four wheels via a new ten-speed transmission. The new Raptor reportedly sheds around 400 pounds over the outgoing truck due to extensive use of aluminum, boosting efficiency and performance significantly.

Take a look at the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor terrorize Silver Lake Sand Dunes in the video below.

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