Monday, April 28, 2008

Ford Rumored to Release a Production Baja 1000 Truck!

When you read the title of this post, were you expecting this...?

Courtesy www.sema.org

Probably not. What you had in mind was probably something more radical like this...

Courtesy www.dirtnewz.com

Simply stated, the F-150 Raptor doesn't do it for me. I'm sure a lot of truck and particularly off-road truck enthusiasts feel the same way, as corroborated by the many bloggers out there. Sure, it looks to have a raised suspension and tires with a lot of sidewall, but stylistically, it's still a boring old F-150. Give me something more...especially if you're going to badge it with a name like "Raptor".

Nothing about this truck seems ferocious like a Raptor, at least from a design stand point.

However, looking at the proposed engine, the anticipation of using the 380 hp/400ftlb BOSS engine does make the vehicle somewhat more interesting, but it would still need some aftermarket mods to really get my off road juices flowing. Seeing this truck going down the road (if you notice it as something different at all) only inspires thoughts of yet another stock F-150 that someone purchased a simple lift kit for and maybe some aftermarket wheels/tires which has been done hundreds of thousands of times.

Ford is calling this truck the "first and only Baja 1000 Trophy Truck available from a dealer."

It may be the first, but as far as the "only" [Baja 1000 Trophy] truck available from a dealer, that's where the LM design community and the fresh, exciting designs it is generating comes in.

Stay tuned to see if LM will join the ranks of the Raptor!

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