2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Is that a Belt Whining or the Truck Whinnying?
July 13, 2011
I finally got to drive the Raptor recently, when it wasn't signed out and I was one of the last editors in the office one evening. And even though the surf was miniscule, I just had to take it on a cruise up the coast -- if only to gauge the reaction of the jaded Malibu crew. And I found that my 10-foot longboard fit much better in the Raptor's bed than in our former long-term 2009 Dodge Ram 1500.
My surf buddies complain that I'm notoriously slow getting ready for a session. But I like to take my sweet time making sure I'm prepared with the right stick, wetsuit, wax, a jug of water to rinse off afterwards and maybe some post-session snacks. It sucks when you forget something essential like a towel.
I was methodically getting ready to head to the beach, making my second or third trip to retrieve some surf necessity, when I heard a noise coming from the Raptor's already cranked engine. Since I'd driven our Mustang GT 5.0 earlier in the week, my initial thought was that the Raptor was whinnying because it was raring to go.
But instead it was a slight belt whine, much the same way certain of my surf bros whine with impatience while waiting for me.
You can hear it in the video below, even though someone across the creek decided to crank up a chainsaw right after I hit the record button. Bonus points if you can ID my buddy's beloved truck in the background.