Silverton, Pretoria - To celebrate the European debut of the Ranger Raptor performance bakkie, Ford has released this two-minute action video, highlighting its off-road capabilities against a group of dune buggies and motocrossers in a spectacular open-cast quarry chase sequence.
The Raptors that will be sold in Europe from mid-2019 will be built at Ford’s Silverton assembly plant east of Pretoria, and they’ll have the same two-litre bi-turbodiesel EcoBlue four as the South African-market version, delivering 157kW and 500Nm via a 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift override, and two rear-wheel and four all-wheel drive modes.
But power, they say, is useless without control. What makes the video possible is the Raptor’s long-travel off-road suspension, with aluminium control arms, a special coil-over rear axle setup with a built-in Watt’s linkage, and position-sensitive 46.6mm Fox shocks that have firmer damping at the top and bottom of their travel to cope with gnarly airtime and softer damping in the middle for a comfortable ride on smooth surfaces.
And when you push even that a bit too far, there’s a 2.3mm steel bash plate to protect the engine and gearbox from marauding rocks.