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Go Racing in a Ford Raptor Pickup Truck

Ford Racing and Miller Motorsports Team Up to Offer Driving Courses

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2013 Ford Raptor Pickup Truck

2013 Ford Raptor Pickup Truck

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Ford Racing Raptor Assault Program

Ever wonder what it would be like to get behind the wheel of a Ford Raptor pickup, and take the truck off-road to drive it the way it was designed to be driven? Well, now you can, and you don't even have to buy a Raptor truck to join the action.

Ford Racing and Utah's Miller Motorsports Park have teamed up to offer the Ford Racing Raptor Assault Program, where you can drive on the pickup on a 22-acre high-speed off-road course, a 900-acre desert racing course or an 8-acre rock crawling course.

Ride with a professional driver on hot laps, choose a three-hour course on the rock crawling circuit, or climb into the truck for a short high-speed course. If you want to do it all, plan to stay for an entire day and work through all three events. Don't worry if you've never driven in any of those conditions -- the courses are designed for drivers of all skill levels.

The Ford F-150 Raptor has been a work in process since its introduction in 2009. Important additions since the truck's intoduction include

  • a standard 6.2 liter V8 engine (411 horsepower and 434 lb.ft. of torque)
  • an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode; the 4WD system features electronic shift-on-the-fly
  • an optional grille-mounted camera increases visibility directly in front of the truck when rock crawling
  • Torsen limited slip differential balances traction between both front wheels
  • conventional wheels convert to beadlock wheels to keep the tires on the rims if you air them down for added grip on trails

Ford has seen a steady increase in Raptor sales each year, helped in part by the addition of a SuperCrew body style.

This is not the first time that Ford has collaborated with Miller Motorsports Park -- the park was the site of Mustang Racing Series competitions a few years back.

For more information about the Ford Racing Raptor Assault Program, visit www.RaptorAssault.com. Driving courses are discounted for Raptor owners.

More Off-Road Driving Schools

The Land Rover Experience offers off-road driving instruction -- like the driving school I sometimes visit at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

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