This is a unique Ford F-150 Raptor and there’s only one in the whole world. Inspired by the F-22 fighter jet, the F-22 F-150 Raptor raised US$300,000 (about RM1.284 million) to benefit the Young Eagles at this year’s Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Oshkosh.
The F-150 Raptor shares key F-22 design details, including red and green position lights in front that enhance left and right mirror skull caps, unique glossy and matte exterior cues and cockpit tweaks. Ford Performance made modifications that included a Whipple-intercooled, high-output 3.5-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost engine delivering 545 bhp and almost 900 Nm of torque. There’s also carbonfibre bodywork, larger custom wheels, upgraded brakes and modular off-road exterior lighting.
The F-22 F-150 Raptor was purchased by a Ford dealer from Las Vegas, Nevada. The vehicle has found the perfect home in that the dealer serves as Honorary Commander/Ambassador for the United States Air Force F-22 Squadron at Nellis air force base in the same state.
Ford Design Manager Melvin Betancourt and Ford Performance led design and engineering of the F-22 F-150 Raptor. “Our job – both in the air and on the ground – is to intimidate the competition,” said Betancourt. “The money we raised will enable Young Eagles to reach for the skies as well.”
Todd Eckert, Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager, said the F-22 F-150 Raptor celebrates the fighter jet’s dominance of the skies and the consistent leadership of F-Series on the ground. “Our long-standing commitment to Young Eagles encourages new talent to enter the world of flight, while highlighting the freedom, power, speed and agility shared by the Ford F-150 Raptor and the F-22 Raptor fighter jet,” he added.
To locate a showroom to view or test-drive Ford pick-ups available in Malaysia, visit www.ford.com.my.