Mule Duty - 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Long-Term Road Test

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Long Term Road Test

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Mule Duty

December 07, 2010

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Trucks -- even offroad playground-leaning ones like our longterm 2010 Ford Raptor -- are tools. If they aren't used for dirty work, you're doing it wrong. Go buy something else.

As such, I once again hauled my clapped-out heap of a racecar to the 24 Hours of LeMons Buttonwillow race in the Raptor this past weekend, and once again the Raptor didn't even notice. Its reserves of power are so plentiful that tow/haul mode was more of a formality than anything.

The gusting high winds that accompanied the storms on Sunday night did little to faze the rig, either, save for a bit of sway that was easily corrected. For a truck whose primary mission is not towing, the Raptor does a fine job of it.

However, I did notice something during the times it wasn't towing.

The Raptor's transmission gets a bit grumpy when it's stone cold. When stepping off from a standstill or shifting from 2nd to 3rd, the revs wind up and the gear engages with an abrupt blam! The 1-2 upshift isn't nearly as violent in this circumstance.

Once it warms up, it behaves as normal. This may or may not be related to the hard upshifts I observed the last time I towed with the Raptor

Unless this mushrooms into something more serious, my affection for this truck will remain unfazed. It is just so damned good.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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