As well as the extra width, ground clearance shoots up thanks to new shock towers that increase wheel travel and off-road durability. Suspension, axles and driveshafts are extensively upgraded. The “Built Wild” design replaces other parts with heavy duty components and reinforcements. The Raptor is a feast of tow hooks, lights, rock rails, skid plates and masses of Blue Oval branding – there’ll be no mistaking it for a Ford. Inside it’s just as tough and stripped back to the racing basics.
And under the bonnet? Not the V8 that you might have expected, but a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6. Power is 400PS (298kW) with 563Nm (415lb ft) delivered to all four wheels via a 10-speed auto ‘box and transfer case. In fact it will have more power than that but Ford has yet to confirm the actual number. A nice touch is the exhaust valving which allows four selectable exhaust modes, including Normal, Sport, Quiet – and Baja. That’ll be the loud one then.