Not every vehicle is equipped to handle rough winter weather, but the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor can count itself as one of the few that can - and in style. In efforts to prove that 'snow' driving condition is too great for the Raptor, professional rally driver Ken Block recently took the pickup to the icy roads and showed off its features. Captured on film - which is viewable in the video below - the Raptor proves that it's truly the high-performance off-road pickup of the new year.
Truck enthusiasts and Ford engineers alike can attribute the Raptor's success in the snow to a variety of components; one of which is the high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that it's built with. The metal harmonizes strength and durability with lightness, making its weight 500 pounds less than before. Coupled with a boxed steel frame, it's both strong and high-performance. The SuperCrew model also offers the Raptor's distinguishing aesthetic features, such has the signature grille and large front skid plates, as well as an upgraded rear departure angle to improve the ease of transitions from flat surfaces to steep inclines.
Going beyond its visible elements, the all-new Raptor also boasts a hybrid of selective attributes of clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive and mechanical-locking four-wheel drive, as well as a brand new, twin-turbo, intercooled DOHC 24-valve, high-output 3.5L EcoBoost® with direct fuel injection. This allows the Raptor to utilize greater power than its predecessor's 6.2L V8 – 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque.
The cherry on top of the pie? An all-new Terrain Management System that enables drivers to choose from six preset modes, adapting to various environmental conditions, such as street, Baja, mud and sand.
Whether or not you live in a snowy climate, check out the Ford Raptor's capabilities at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.