Ford’s choice to provide the novel F-150 Raptor optional 37-plug hoops caused a snafu at the factory
37-plug tyres are the form of standard modification in the engage-up truck community that Ford decreed the latest F-150 Raptor merely had to hang them from the factory. The Blue Oval managed it, offering BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tyres in that size as an optional further. However including them to the configurator caused some predominant headaches at the factory.
Within the power’s old configuration, a Raptor carrying the bigger hoops wouldn’t match. The assure is height – with the bigger diameter tyres wrapping its 17-plug wheels, the vehicle is 205cm colossal. To save loads of that in some invent of context, the Ranger Raptor we hang been working closing year, understanding of to be a colossal vehicle right here in the UK, is 17cm shorter.
Placing a 37-plug tyre-geared up F-150 by the assembly line, then, required some predominant rethink. “Getting it into the plant, that went on for 15 months to search out the resolution,” third-gen F-150 Raptor programme manager Tony Greco suggested Avenue & Track.
“Each receive 22 situation, each portion of instruments…We’d mosey a 2020 Raptor [through the factory] with foam blocks on high to simulate the height. Fixed digital reports with the manufacturing crew…They took every down week in the summertime and over Christmas looking to swap the cycle line to manufacture provisions for what became once coming. Within the cease, we stumbled on a extremely artful system to achieve it.”
Greco didn’t mention any order changes that had to be made to the manufacturing line, but he did budge into detail referring to the full adjustments the F-150 essential to accommodate the boots. And there hang been heaps.
It necessitated a suspension redesign, which alive to the F-150 adopting rear coil springs for the main time ever, mirroring what Ford did with the Ranger Raptor. The corporate furthermore insisted on giving each and each a elephantine-size spare, which intended bettering the frame and giving the 37-plug-geared up autos a favorable provider.
So, in the occasion you receive a 35-plug version and switch to 37s, you aren’t going to suit a spare below the vehicle. The towbar mount had to switch too, even supposing this design is shared on each and each derivatives.
What Ford isn’t offering with the Raptor correct yet is a V8 engine, with the vehicle confirmed to be the reveal of an updated version of the outgoing mannequin’s 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6. We suspected the mysterious ‘Raptor R’ due next year could possibly perchance rectify this though, and sure enough, Ford’s spokesperson Mike Levine has since confirmed to so much of publications that this version will certainly hang a V8.
As for what kind, we can’t fabricate sure – Ford has a giant form of alternate choices. The corporate can also engage the 5.2-litre ‘Predator’ supercharged V8 from the GT500, giving the Raptor a to hand 750bhp to counter the 702bhp Ram 1500 TRX.