For the Second Year in a Row, Arizona Raptor Runs Returns to the DIRT EXPO
The FORD Raptor is undeniably an incredible vehicle. Raptors are tested and proven on every trip Matt Dunshine of Arizona Raptor Runs leads. This group has been all over Arizona off-roading from their "Parker Raptor Run" to the "Desert to Pines Run" for the FULL MOON PARTY. The Ford Raptors that are in this group get tested.
Matt is a tremendous ambassador for the Ford Raptor community. He's gained a ton of knowledge of Baja via his assistance with Cameron Steeles Baja Raptor Run(not sure if that is the correct name, but it sounds good, so I will go with it). Matt's assisted several times and has put together a run in Baja.
If you are into Ford Raptors or want to learn more about running around in the desert, the Arizona Raptor Runs group is an excellent place to start. So stop by, hang out, learn, and enjoy!
Some Notes About the FORD Raptor from DIRT Alliance Media
Before the Ford Raptor SVT was brought to market, many other vehicles came out of the FORD SVT (Special Vehicle Team). A team got together to identify and create niche limited-run production vehicles. Since 1991 the SVT Line-Up has looked like this;
~ SVT Mustang Cobra - 1993
~ SVT F-150 Lightning - 1993
~ Shelby GT500 - 2007 - 2014, a guesstimate total of 47,996 vehicles made. A 2021 GT500 resale value will increase between 63-64% within five years.
~ FORD Raptor (3 Generations) Gen 1 - 2010-2014, Gen 2 2016-2020, Gen 3 2021 to Current)
~ SVT Contour Sports Sedan - A Contour Sports Sedan(CSS) is a rare car to find. From 1997 to 2000, only 2,150 CSSs were known to be produced.
~ SVT Focus - 2003-2004 SVT Mustang Cobra' R' - Only offered in 1993, 1995, 2000
~ Ford GT Supercar 2004-2022 - Total Production Units - 5350 - 2022 Cost: $500,000, Apparently still not as fast to 60mph as the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
In 2015, FORD shut down the FORD SVT unit. In place of the SVT unit, FORD created the Ford Performance division, where we started seeing GEN 2 and Gen 3 Raptors. Issues in the 2009-2012-2014 builds were noticeable. FORD Performance resolved many of these issues. The 2023 Ford Raptor has a Mustang Shelby GT500® engine under the hood that is a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 beast that puts out 700 horsepower. With 640 lb.-ft of torque, off-roading just got a little better. While still not as fast as the TRX to 60mph and not carrying the 650lb-ft of torque, the Raptor can hang in the desert. After all, it is a purpose-built off-road vehicle. Reliability has improved with a J.D Powers rating of 4.8 since 2019; the Raptor is a win for the Ford Raptor community. Ford and industry insiders state that the Raptor has an engine life of 300,000 to 400,000 miles.
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