2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Underneath
October 08, 2010
Ford has taken seriously the idea that people are going to actually used its Raptor as intended. This is obvious with a quick glance underneath -- starting with the full-size spare tire.
Tucked neatly underneath the bed is the same 315/70R17 BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A rubber which sits at all four corners. The tough-looking alloy wheel even appears the same as those used at every corner, although I didn't drop it to confirm.
Here you can see skidplates over the fuel tank (left) and transfer case (center). And that massive differential pumpkin doesn't look like it'll take any crap from any rocks, either.
Up front you can see the exhaust crossover pipe from the driver's side cylinder bank is tucked neatly flush with the crossmember in an effort to prevent it from being easily removed. In the foreground you can see the rearmost of the two massive front skidplates. This plate covers the engine sump while the front plate links the front of the frame rails with the front lower control arm pivots. In doing so it effectively keeps those pivots from digging into soft earth in the event of nose-down landing -- something our city boy Raptor will certainly never experience.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor