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Foutz Motorsports 2017 Ford F150 Raptor Race Truck Headed to NAIAS

Dec 30, 2016 - 7:14 AM - by TorqueNews
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The production-spec 2017 Ford F150 Raptor campaigned by Greg Foutz Motorsports has finished the 2016 offroad racing season with flying colors and after being closely examined by the Ford Performance team in Detroit, this hard-run Raptor will be displayed at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in the Motor City. Reprinted with permission from TorqueNews.com.

The 2017 Ford F150 Raptor has similar expectations to the previous generation SVT Raptor, but rather than the proven drivetrain bits from the previous Raptor – including the 6.2L V8 and a 6-speed automatic transmission – the new Raptor relies on a handful of “unusual” mechanical components. Most notably, the V8 has been replaced by a new version of the 3.5L EcoBoost twin turbo V6 and the 6-speed automatic has been replaced by a new 10-speed gearbox.

Since it was announced that the 2017 F150 Raptor would rely on EcoBoost power sent through the new 10-speed gearbox, there have been critics who insisted that this drivetrain component won’t be ideal for a high performance pickup. To prove those folks wrong, Ford set up Greg Foutz Motorsports with a new production-spec F150 Raptor to campaign in a handful of key off-road races throughout 2016.

With the EcoBoost engine, the new 10-speed gearbox, the high performance suspension setup and the new advanced four wheel drive system, the 2017 Raptor “race truck” was able to finish some of the toughest races in North America.

“We didn’t slap our name on a trophy truck like other manufacturers do,” said Brian Bell, Ford Raptor marketing manager. “We ran a stock truck with full factory air conditioning, factory glass, AM/FM SIRIUS/XM satellite radio, the same engine and advanced off-road drivetrain and suspension that you’ll soon see at your Ford dealer.”
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Vote Now: Who Wore it Better Ford Raptor vs Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro?

Dec 30, 2016 - 7:12 AM - by TorqueNews
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Both the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Ford Raptor look great in winter white. Which do you think looks better? Reprinted with permission from TorqueNews.com.

Off-road pickups look great blasting through snow drifts. Ten months ago Toyota announced the all-new 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro with a winter photo shoot highlighting the white on black TRD Pro with its nose up showing off its undergarments (skid plate and suspension). The images have been used dozens of times by publications this year including by Torque News.

This past week, Ford released a cool new video of one of our favorite drivers, Ken Block, driving the new Raptor in snow. It is the best Raptor video so far for the new generation, the past ones being way too sedate. Interestingly, Ford also chose white on black as the colors of the test vehicle. (see the video here)

Our question for the Torque News fans who like either or both trucks, is which truck wears the Storm Trooper uniform better? In the images, the Raptor definitely has the edge since Block is busting through snow and the truck has the appearance of speed. On the other hand, the Tacoma looks better with its lights on highlighting its bling bling. We have to call the skidplates a tie.
Tell us below which truck looks better to you. If you want to add your opinion on which is the ultimate off-road pickup, feel free to add your thoughts on that as well!
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Why Transmission Testing is Delaying the 2017 Ford F150 Raptor

Dec 26, 2016 - 12:00 PM - by TorqueNews
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A report by Reuters confirmed that 2017 Ford F150 pickups are piling up at storage facilities between production and dealerships as the automaker works to complete testing of the new 10-speed automatic transmission – and today we look at why this testing process is preventing the company from shipping these new trucks. TorqueNews reports. Reprinted with permission.

There have been videos floating around the internet showing a massive parking lot full of 2017 Ford F150 Raptors, which has left people wondering why these trucks are not being shipped to dealerships around the country. According to a “top executive” from Ford Motor Company who spoke with Reuters, many of the 2017 F150 pickups with the new 10-speed automatic transmission are being held back from dealerships as engineers work to finalize the testing procedures.

In other words, these trucks have been built and they are ready to ship, but since the engineering team has finished their final tests on the new 10-speed transmission, these trucks are being held at the various storage facilities. Once the final phases of testing have been completed, these trucks will all be shipped, if no issues are found during the final tests – but what happens if the engineers do find a problem?

This is the question from many online who don’t understand why Ford would built scores of new F150s with a transmission which has not been fully tested. Unfortunately, many reports of this delay don’t explain exactly what goes on during the final phases of the testing process, so while Ford hasn’t specified exactly what they are finalizing – we can make some guesses based on the normal course of events leading up to a new component launch.
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2016 Ford F-150 owners debate the best floor mats

Dec 26, 2016 - 11:49 AM - by TorqueNews
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Now that wintry weather is moving in through out the United States, drivers of 2015 and 2016 Ford F-150s are trying to determine the best floor mats for fit, coverage and wear.

I don’t know why drivers wait until the wintry weather moves in to worry about floor mats, I guess it is just their nature to procrastinate. One of the hottest topics right now on a Ford F-150 forum is asking, “What is the best floor mat for a 2015 or 2016 Ford F-150?” Reprinted from TorqueNews.com with permission.

The Ford F-series has been the best-selling vehicle for decades and drivers are very opinionated about what seems to work the best. A vendor is the first to answer, “The Husky X-Acts are amazing mats on par with Weather Tech top of the line. The Huskys are going to cost less and get to you faster then the WT.”

Husky apparently has two well-known offerings, the X-acts and the WeatherBeaters. The X-acts are more expensive but cheaper than the WeatherTechs. The interesting new design is a full panel than covers the entire floor of the back seat. No more little mats that slide around and allow dirt to get everywhere.

“Another vote for Husky E-Act. Had WT's on last truck. IMO, Husky's are a big improvement.” It is amazing to me how many drivers have tried different companies over the years. Stan says “Had the Weathertech mats in the 350. they were great. Got the Husky Xact fit for the 150. I like them because I think they're a better looking mat and have a similar function.
A driver from Georgia figures that Ford knows best. He says, “I bought the F-150 OEM tray style "all weather" floor mats, I like them!!”
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Ford Recalls 2017 Super Duty Pickups Over Fuel Tank Issue

Dec 21, 2016 - 3:22 PM - by AutoGuide.com

Ford has announced two new recalls, one of which affects the brand new 2017 Super Duty lineup.

A total of 9,400 vehicles are affected in North America, with 8,000 of those being the new 2017 Super Duty. The issue with the trucks is a fuel tank strap reinforcement that may not have been used. This can lead to the fuel tank moving out of position and potentially contacting the ground. The affected trucks were built between Aug.10 and Sept.17 of this year at the Kentucky Truck Plant.

The second recall affects about 1,300 Ford Taurus, Flex, Explorer, Police Interceptor Utility and LincolnMKT vehicles. The problem is an improperly brazed turbocharger oil supply tube that can leak engineoil, potentially leading to a fire.

To fix the trucks, Ford dealers will install new fuel tank strap reinforcements while the rest of the vehicles will get a new turbocharger oil supply tube.
Read more about Ford Recalls 2017 Super Duty Pickups Over Fuel Tank Issue at AutoGuide.com.
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