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The Ford SVT Raptor has proved to be one of the top selling and most popular trucks in the last couple of years. Ford has made a decision to begin building the Raptor in its Dearborn truck plant to keep up with demand. The makers at Ford have set a goal to boost production to 5 trucks an hour within the next few weeks.
The Raptor began as an experiment and proved to be extremely successful. The Raptor starts at around $44,000 and can go up to $60,000 based on options.
It features a 6.2 Liter V-8 and offers 411 horsepower. Dealerships cannot keep these vehicles on the lot which is why Ford is beefing up production.
Info provided by the Detroit Free Press.
Sanderson Ford and partners built a 2012 Ford Raptor for the Special Olympics Arizona that was unveiled at SEMA this year and will be auctioned off at the 2013 Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson (with 100% of the sale price going to the AZ Special Olympics). The theme to this truck will be a heritage kickback to the “Ford Rough Riders” with its Red/White/Blue paint scheme. Foutz Motorsports has agreed to partner with Sanderson Ford to produce this state of the art Raptor Pre-Runner. All sponsored products will be donated to Special Olympics and a letter will come directly from them so that you can write it off as a charitable contribution.
Barrett Jackson Description:
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is the purpose-built, high-performance, no excuses Baja-proven truck with the credentials to take on challenging off-road adventures and versatile enough to handle everyday life on pavement. The “Rough Riders” 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, created by Sanderson Ford to raise money for the Arizona Special Olympics, combines the nostalgic Rough Riders look of the 90’s with the proven capabilities of the most powerful, off-road capable pickup on the market to create a daring, go anywhere tribute Pre-Runner. Powertrain upgrades to the SVT Raptor’s standard 411hp 6.2L 2V SOHC V8 engine include a ROUSH air intake, Kooks Headers/Y-Pipe and Exhaust system. Enhancements to the proven off-road suspension include Foutz Motorsports Raptor Race Long Travel front A-arms and rear trailing arm, with King Racing Shocks give this truck 17″ of front wheel travel and 23″ of rear wheel travel. A Foutz Motorsports full chromoly roll cage, Harmon 70 gallon race fuel cell, 4 Recaro FIA race seats, Racer-X race radio, KC HiLites HID lights, Boatec wide body Raptor fenders, Simpson 5-point racing harnesses, two Optima batteries, Bullet Spray-n-Liners, RCV Performance front drive axles, Method race wheels and BFG Baja T/A tires gives this “Rough Rider” Ford F-150 SVT Raptor as much serious go as it has stunning show.
2012 AZ Ford Raptor Round Up
2012 AZ Auto Show
2012 LA Auto Show
Barrett Jackson Web Page: www.barrett-jackson.com/application/onlinesubmission/lotdetails.aspx?ln=3004&aid=466
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/FordRoughRidersRaptor
Press Releases on the Truck activities from SEMA to Post Auction
**ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT SPECIAL OLYMPICS ARIZONA**
**WILL BE SOLD AT APPROXIMATELY 5:30PM ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2013**
Vehicle number 3004
About Special Olympics Arizona
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Special Olympics Arizona’s (SOAZ) goal is to empower the over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive, and respected members of society through SOAZ’s year-round sports training, competitions and support programs.
About Mad Media:
Mad Media (www.madmedia.com) is a San Diego based marketing and creative agency offering professional print, web, and film production. They specialize in producing culturally relevant brand messaging using professional athletes, musicians, and artists. Mad Media focuses on sports and cultures that they are passionate about, including skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, motocross, FMX, BMX, off-road racing, rally racing, Hip-Hop, Punk Rock and Mixed Martial Arts. Mad Media has produced over twenty major commercial and viral film projects this year for clients such as Subaru of America, DC Shoes, Monster Energy Drink, and Harley-Davidson. Mad Media has been executing immersive marketing campaigns since 1996.
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma TRD Baja Series is due out in May, and will not last long. According to Toyota only about 750 will be built so if you want one, start talking to your Toyota dealer now. Toyota has a long history of Baja racing and is offering this truck as the consumer version. It will feature the standard TRD package, but will be enhanced at the Toyota Logistics Services near the Toyota plant in San Antonio, Texas.
The Baja Series Tacoma will be catered towards off road enthusiasts and will be featured in only two colors. It will be available in black or red with the Baja Series graphics. It will be sold only as a V-6 4×4 with access cab or crew cab. It will be offered in either a six speed manual or 5 speed automatic transmission.
The 4.0 liter V-6 will put out about 236 horsepower. With the V-6 motor it should be somewhat full efficient getting 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
SoCal Says: The Toyota Tacoma has always been one of our favorite mid-sized pickups. They are high quality and perform well. We expect the price tag to be a bit hefty though.
STILLWATER, USA – For the 3rd consecutive year, KICKER® Performance Audio is gearing up for its biggest Bash Car and Truck Show yet. Centered on top-of-the line cars, trucks and motorcycles competing for a chance to win bragging rights and tons of prizes, the two-day event is Livin’ Loud® here KICKER® Hosts 3rd Annual Bash Car and Truck Show at World Headquarters
at KICKER World Headquarters March 31 and April 1, in Stillwater, Okla.
The KICKER Bash is free to the viewing public both days. For those who would rather show off their ride, competitors can pre-register online for $15 by going to https://shop.kicker.com/bash_reg, or they can register on-site at the show for $20. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 31. Spectator parking will be available on Thomas Avenue, off Perkins Road (U.S. Route 177).
Among engines revving up, food, drinks and fun for all ages, facility tours of the KICKER Visitors Center will be ongoing during the day. The Visitors Center, located inside the doors of KICKER Headquarters, features tricked-out demo vehicles and large displays that focus on speaker technology, company history, innovation and product development. The Center’s gift shop is also loaded down with KICKER t-shirts, high-end headphones, comfortable earbuds, and critically acclaimed docking systems available for purchase.
For more information and updates about the 2012 Bash, visit www.kicker.com/Bash, email Bash@kicker.com or join the Bash Facebook group.
KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized dealers worldwide, and also through selected Original Equipment Manufacturers. Consumers needing more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand Web site at www.kicker.com. Follow KICKER at facebook.com/kickeraudio and twitter.com/kickeraudio.
The spray-on bed liner market is crowded, so how do you choose the right one for your truck? Bullet Liner just made the decision making process easier with their support of several significant segments in the off-road market. Bullet Liner is a sponsor of SCORE International, Best in the Desert, the legendary Mint 400 race, Race-Dezert.com, and UTVunderground.com. Don’t you want to support the companies that support you and your passion?
Every desert racing team has multiple chase trucks that incur a ton of abuse. Bullet Liner allows you to focus on the race without concern about scratching up your bed. There are no tougher proving grounds than off-road racing. Even if you do not race, this same level of quality is available to those who use their trucks for work and play.
Burtin Polymer Laboratories (BPL), the parent company of Bullet Liner, is one of the foremost authorities in research, development, and commercialization of polyurethane systems produced for commercial roofing, commercial and residential insulation, flotation, adhesives, packaging, spray elastomers and custom molding products. Recently launched, its Bullet Liner products are primarily used for pickup truck beds, tailgates, wheel wells and other similar vehicle protection applications.
All Burtin Polymer Labs formulas are proprietary where strict quality controls are implemented using only the finest chemical ingredients and the most sophisticated processing equipment in the industry at their 14-acre, state of the science facility in Cartersville, GA, with warehousing and service operations located in seven States. For more information please visit http://www.bulletliner.com/.
About Mad Media:
Mad Media (www.madmedia.com) is San Diego based marketing and creative agency offering professional print, web, and film production. They specialize in producing culturally relevant brand messaging using professional athletes, musicians, and artists. Mad Media focuses on sports and cultures that they are passionate about, including skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, motocross, FMX, BMX, off-road racing, rally racing, Hip-Hop, Punk Rock and Mixed Martial Arts. Mad Media has produced over twenty major commercial and viral film projects this year for clients such as Subaru of America, DC Shoes, Monster Energy Drink, and Harley-Davidson. Mad Media has been executing immersive marketing campaigns since 1996.
All photos and info provided by Mad Media
While SEMA may be the center for all things aftermarket, it is still amazing to see the variety of causes that theses aftermarket parts can represent. Sometimes people will choose a cause to support or sometimes they will choose a specific purpose to build the vehicle and sometimes they just build a car because they like building cars. In this case, the Ford F-150 built by John Williams was a blitz project that was begun 2 weeks before SEMA began and was finished 2 days before the show was to open. Let me repeat that 12 days of work to build this from the impressive, but stock, Raptor.
The F-150 in question began life as a 2010 F-150 Raptor with a 6.2 engine, which will be growling at the world through the K&N 77-2579KTK Performance intake system and will see an estimated 20Hp increase from this mod alone. John has done some previous work on SEMA vehicles as well, even earning some awards for his efforts. No wonder this particular build was no slouch on the suspension mod list:
ICON Upper control arms
Sway Away 2.5″ shocks
Deaver Leaf Springs
Poly performance rear shackles
4.56 ring and pinion from West Coast Differentials
Front Auburn Ected locking Differential
Warn 12000VR Winch
Custom pre runner bumpers
Superchips Cortex Programmer
Baja Designs Lights
Black Rock Wheels
BFGoodrich Mud Terrain TA KM2 Tires
K&N Performance Intake.
When asked what this vehicle does outside of SEMA John replied, “Drives me to and from work and pre running on the weekend.” It certainly ought to do that well. John has had some previous experience in building cars. In the past he has built cars for BRGoodrich, Bully Dog Technologies and Black Rock Wheel just to name a few.
When asked why he uses K&N specifically John replied “It’s the best product out there with years of testing and a long history of being the best air filter.” And when asked what experiences he’s had with K&N he said, “I have been using them on all of my vehicles since 1998!”
Now that SEMA is over John says that he is going to try to get back into rock crawling events and dirt racing. John also has a goal for his custom raptor; in short, 38×14 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires. As John puts it, “No other Raptor will be on tires this big!” And that’s a pretty impressive statement. That’s not to say that the entire project was bolt on or easy. That front bumper was an entirely different matter, it was custom built by John and in his words “They were the first tube products that I actually built.” With all of these custom parts and Fords recent foray into rock crawling at Moab it looks like this raptor is a dinosaur not to be taken lightly.
Find K&N products for your vehicle using the K&N application search then use the K&N dealer search to find a K&N dealer in your part of the world.
All info provided by K&N.
Car shows like SEMA prove that dreams do come true; more so for Robert Linn and Brandy Jackson and their aquatic themed Ford “Seascursion”. SEMA 2011 attracts numerous trucks to display the latest automotive products on the market. Ding Master’s custom Ford Excursion is a fine display of aftermarket components and custom fabrication.
Rob and Brandy own Ding Masters located in Banning, Ca. They offer the usual auto body services such as paint, window tint, and dent removal; hence the name Ding Masters. Running an auto body shop is like running a tattoo parlor; in that, you have the opportunity to get creative with your work. Many consumers like to customize their vehicles and what better way to do so than add a custom paint job.
Ding Masters got pretty creative with this 2000 Ford Excurison. It not only brings a dream to life, but proves that they produce excellent results when it comes to vehicle customization.
Many aftermarket products were used to complete this special build, such as; a K&N air filter, Super Swamper tires, MHT wheels, Fiberine custom fiberglass top, Xenia Pacific custom vehicle wrap, and Conti-tech air bags. The aquatic theme can be found inside and out. The interior can only be described as a luxurious sea adventure. There is a wraparound bench with a cocktail table and plenty of head room for passengers. Riding in the back of the “Seascursion” must be like taking a ride in an underwater limousine.
Charles Young, from Ding Masters, mentioned, “The vehicle mainly sits at the Ding Master collision center for advertising purposes.” This is a great advertising tool. How could you possibly miss this huge aquarium parked on a street corner? I must say, it is quite impressive to see in person.
This truck is a glimpse of what goes on after hours in the Ding Master shop. Long hours were put into building and preparing this rig for SEMA.
K&N Engineering offers air filters, air intake systems, as well as a oil filters for Ford Excursion models. K&N high flow air filters provide great performance for almost every application on the road.
If you are looking are an air filter for your custom ride use the K&N universal search then use the K&N dealer search to find a K&N dealer in your part of the world.
[News Link – The Ding Master’s Aquatic Themed Ford Excursion at SEMA 2011]
All info and pics were provided by K&N.