2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Alabama Hills
September 08, 2010
Our 10-day road trip in the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor continued up Highway 395 to the Alabama Hills. Located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Alabama Hills rest at the base of Mount Whitney in Inyo, CA. This land is BLM maintained for off-road recreation.
Recognize those hills in the background? You will after the jump.
The trailer and early scenes for the first Iron Man was filmed here (skip to 0:15 for Whitney in the background and more of the Hills at 1:32). Other notable footage shot in these hills: Tremors, Gladiator, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and countless westerns. Take the manicured dirt roads back to Movie Flat Road to see most of the spots. No need for anything of the Raptor's capability there.
If you drive far enough west toward the Sierras there are some steeper sections where 4WD comes in handy. Would you believe I backed up this hill just to get a photograph? Well, I did. The backup camera made it easy. You can't see from this angle but there is a jagged rock jutting out of the road just behind the truck. If not for the camera, our trip may have ended here. But it didn't.
Next stop, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager