The Baja 1000 race is a grueling endurance race that annually sees vehicles breaking down and not finishing. It can also be dangerous for drivers, media and the fans. No problem for the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor however. After finishing 3rd in its class, the team threw their tools in the back and drove it home.
The fully street-legal stock 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor finished the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 in 35:59:08 – placing third overall in the stock full class competition. This truck was only modified with the minimal amount of necessary safety equipment like a roll cage, racing seats and navigation equipment.
After the race, the crew led by famed racer Greg Foutz literally threw their stuff in the bed and drove home.
“That’s why the new Ford F-150 Raptor is bad-ass! It’s a race-proven off-road monster that can race off-road an entire weekend, then take you and your friends on a road trip the next day,” Foutz said. “That and the $49,520 starting price make it a clear winner on the showroom floor.”
To be clear, the stock full class consisted of 5 trucks with a Hummer placing first and a Land Cruiser placing second. The two other trucks, a Dodge and a Ford, failed to finish.
Foutz said the team drivers quickly adapted to the performance of the Raptor engine and drivetrain, which was entirely stock. “We used the Raptor Terrain Management System to select Baja Mode and just tweaked two-wheel versus four-wheel drive depending on the terrain we were on,” Foutz said. “When we hit the road for home, we dropped it in the Sport Mode and took off for the highway.”
Ford Performance engineers used the Raptor race truck program as a platform to share technology and prove out their trucks in the real world. Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance chief engineer says the testing helps to create exciting products that not only raise the performance bar, they deliver Built Ford Tough capability and durability.
“We’re completely thrilled at how well the all-new F-150 Raptor performed throughout the Baja 1,000 race as it’s one of the most brutal environments you can ever compete in, “Hameedi said, “Having race-proven, real-world performance experience and data to validate – further solidifies Ford’s truck leadership position and Raptor as the ultimate from-the-factory high-performance off-road truck.”
Interestingly, the first-place Hummer team led by Rod Hall placed a photo on their Facebook page showing what looks to be a Ford truck presumably towing their H1 pre-race.