Raptor F150 Off Roading With Justin At Ford Performance Raptor Assault School


Justin: What’s up guys? Justin with americantrucks.com. Just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah to take
part in the Ford Performance Racing School or Driving School. More specifically the Raptor Assault. Now, why am I here? Well as you may or may not know, I recently
traded in my 2015 Lariat for a 2017 Raptor. The truck is completely bad ass. But I wanna see what this thing is capable
of, man. So what better place than the deserts of Utah? Now one very cool thing about Ford in general
with the purchase of any of these specialty vehicles, whether it be the Raptor, the GT350,
the Focus RS, they actually include a free day of driving school. You just pay your way out here, and you get
to take part in the class. So very cool on Ford’s behalf and I’m happy
to be taking part in it here today. Now guys, you’re gonna wanna subscribe to
see more great content from us here at americantrucks.com. Including builds, product overviews and me
thrashing on my new Raptor. But for now guys, we have classroom session
before we hit the trail so, let’s get to it. But that was a very informative class. A lot of stuff I didn’t know as a novice truck
enthusiast. I’ll be the first to admit, tire pressure,
driving position, thumb position, weight transfer. A lot of stuff that goes into off road driving
situations that a lot of people including myself don’t typically think about. So looking forward to putting some of the
stuff we learned into the terrain that we’re about to encounter. So we’re about to take a walk around the Raptor
learn about some of the driving modes, and then go have some fun. Guys, we’re here with John, driving instructor
at the Ford performance driving school. And probably the creator of the Raptor assault
program. So talk about how you kinda got Ford performance
behind the Raptor program. John: I always wanted a Raptor, and it was
kinda one of those things I was like, “What am I gonna do with it? How am I gonna use it?” You know, for desert up here in Utah. And I thought, “We are the Ford racing school. And there’s an awful lot of things, you know,
technology in the Raptor that people don’t know how to use.” And thought, “What can I put together that
would showcase all the awesome stuff that the engineers at Ford put in that Raptor? And how do I teach people how to use it? How do I get them right up to the breaking
point, let them understand what it feels like getting there but not go beyond it?” Justin: I can’t thank you guys enough for
getting Raptor owners like myself, out of traffic and off-road and actually see what
these things are capable of. And honestly I cannot wait. So John thanks so much again… John: It is going to be a great day, looking
forward to it. Justin: Can’t wait. Thanks, brother. All right. Classroom session is over. We had a quick little walk through the truck. Now our steeds await us. So we are gonna go gear up, have some fun. Let’s do it. [00:02:50]
[Silence] [00:03:00] Justin: So we’re approaching our first obstacle
the day here. It’s a side hill kind of obstacle. Practice our left foot braking, and just get
us comfortable with the truck at a pretty steep angle. This is looks pretty fun. It’s a good way to kick things off. Unfortunately, back east where we’re located
we don’t have this kinda terrain to deal with. So this is a real treat for me today. John, the instructor at one point said, “There
is a time where the truck would be at 31 degrees when you can almost touch the ground.” That’s how much of an angle here on these
things. We really start puckering and see if we can
get this thing to 30 again. John: [inaudible 00:03:38] Justin: Okay. John: Looking really good. Justin: 30 degrees right there. John: Keep going and stop. And the important thing for you to remember
is anytime you’re driving off road once you get to about 25 degrees of side-hill angle,
you may hit a four-inch tall rock with your back tire and you’re on your lid. Justin: Gotcha. And the last thing you wanna do probably here
John, is just cut the wheel right. Right? John: Yeah. Why we do this is to showcase, the tires,
the suspension, the track width, how balanced the truck is. And…just you know, will make you more appreciative
of what Ford gave you. Justin: Oh I appreciate it. A little bit more right now already and it’s
only just getting started. Holy shit. This gnarly dude. I thought for sure we were gonna flip over
back there. So on our second obstacle here, our first
hill climb of the day. This just to show the truck’s articulation,
getting up a pretty steep hill. And then from there we’re gonna do our hill
descent mode. And just the truck will do all the work for
you. [00:04:34]
[Silence] [00:04:44] John: Oh yeah. Lock her off. Justin: Lock her off. John: Hill descent control on. And you caught that. So hill descent control works between 2 and
20 miles an hour. When we use it today, we’ll always be using
it to drop into a descent. Justin: All right. Here we go. [crosstalk] Drop in, foot off the brakes. Yeah. My feet are completely off the pedals right
now. And the truck is doing all the work with the
hill descent feature. And the first time you use this, it’s a little
sketchy. Because it kinda goes against everything you
always thought you should not do. But here we go, so we’re good now, and we’re
off. [00:05:33]
[Silence] [00:05:43] Justin: For this point guys, it’s high-speed
handling trails. So basically this will give us a better idea
what this thing can do. Loose gravel, sand, things like that. So let’s hammer on it. And we’re gonna come out to a panic stop break
right about here. So there we go, we’re hard on the brakes. And obviously we slid through a little bit. But to be expected on some loose gravel. So we just did normal mode. Now we’re gonna do a different mode and see
the differences between the two. I got to roll. All right mud and sand mode, we’re getting
to our first cone here. And we’re stomping on it. So noticeable difference in power coming off
that first cone. Eyes up, hammer on to a little bit, get the
truck sideways counter-steer. The trucks getting out a little bit. And we got our panic stop mode. Here we go. Oh yeah. Noticeable increase in stopping over the “normal
mode,” . Do one more mode and then kick it back to normal just to see the differences. And man this is fun. Not a bad day at work. All right. The Baja mode. Thee one I’ve been waiting for. Let’s hit it. This thing is like shot out of a cannon here. So we’re are gonna rotate the truck a little
bit. Oh yeah. And we’re rotating. Stabbing the brakes with their left foot and
panic stop. Here we go hard on the brakes. The Baja mode is awesome. So we’re just leaving the Ford performance
campus. And now we’re actually heading out to the
trails, the mountains, and essentially all the fun stuff in Tooele, Utah, is how they
pronounce it. Just as good as this thing is off-road so
far we’ve noticed equally as good as on road, right? Because even as one of the instructors said,
you can go out, you know, run Baja in this thing show up to a red carpet event in your
tux. It really can do it all. It’s a great daily driver as I can attest
to. But once you wanna take this thing out and
off road and stretch your legs a little bit, it’s certainly up for the task. So we’re heading to the fun stuff now, and
can’t wait to show you guys that. My buddy here Blake saying he’s glad he took
his Dramamine, because it is not necessarily a smooth ride. But as one would expect that’s kinda what
you’re in for. But we’re getting to some cooler stuff. We’re actually leading up to some of our bigger
trails. Bigger rock climbers from what I understand. So and as the guys from Ford performance keep
telling us, “The day’s only gonna get cooler.” It’s like a little roller coaster. You guys put your hands up? You really have to keep your eyes forward. That’s one of the big lessons the guys in
the classroom kept telling you. Not only is it just dusty as all hell from
the truck in front of me, but there’s jagged rocks kinda jutting out from the side of the
trail. It’s definitely not a leisurely laid back
trail to say the least. It’s certainly a lot of work to making sure
you don’t hit anything you shouldn’t. Through the [inaudible 00:08:36]. Just making sure you get the full experience
out here. That’s all. We’re climbing elevations here in Utah. We’re starting at around 4000 feet above sea
level at the Ford performance camp. On our way up to about 7,100 feet above sea
level. Which brings us to our rock crawling mode. Now to get up the mountain, you got to crawl. Right? So that’s what we’re doing. We had a little bit of a hint of the Baja
mode through some of the faster trails. But obviously, as you can see now we’re slowing
things down. We’re in rock crawl mode. So we’re low or slow for low. And I will say, man, I am completely blown
away as someone who has admittedly for all the wrong reasons kept mind on-road most of
the time so far to see what this thing can really do off-road, it’s pretty damn impressive. So how those those BGF KO2 really digging
in. There we go. Looks like we’re about to take off. So the instructor Brendan just kind of reiterated
the importance of left foot braking especially in this kind of situation. As fun as it would be to just bomb up this
hill, that’s not proper technique according to these guys. So we’re dragging our left foot on the brake
right now ever so slightly. Like hardly zero pressure on it. And we’re just kinda crawling up and it’s
definitely a skill that takes a little get used to it first. Because you’re just not used to, especially
as a guy who has a manual my whole life.I’m used to just down in that left foot to the
floor and shifting gears. This when you have to be a little bit more
delicate. It’s been pretty cool so far. We’re definitely learning a little bit more
about some of the finer techniques about off roading these Raptors. We’ve come up to our first kinda like real
obstacle of the day. It’s about to get a little crazy. So we’re gonna see how this thing really does
climb in these hills. All right. Guys so we’ve given the truck in front of
us a good five six lengths. We’re using our left foot break in here. We’re gonna hug this left side because we
got a nice big ledge right in the middle of this trail. Kinda climb up the front now with our front
right.. taking it slow. There we go, getting the back end up. A lot of loose boulders on the left. Again just applying pressure to the brake
and gas at the same time. As the guys from Ford performance taught us,
this is some crazy terrain here, gang. The truck is just literally not even breaking
a sweat. I mean, I don’t for a minute feel like this
thing is ever in danger of losing traction or getting stuck. It’s pretty impressive. All with the AC and our seat coolers on. Off-roading in luxury. That last climb without a doubt was the craziest
kind of obstacle we encountered here today so far. But what goes up must come down. And we’ve got to descend down this monster
right here. So needless to say I’ll be giving that hill
descent button a thorough workout. [00:11:45]
[Silence] [00:11:59] Justin: Well the caravan made it down in one
piece. So as you can see, that’s where we came from. Now we’re on the flat ground, the trucks are
about to take off. Our final exercise of the day, Baja mode. This is the one I’ve been looking forward
to. [00:12:12]
[Silence] [00:12:22] Justin: So we’re at 40 right now. Definitely going to use my left foot braking
technique here. 42, we’re up to 50. This…does not feel right. I’m speechless right now guys. This is incredible. [inaudible 00:12:37] Got a little out for
me on that one. Stay to the right, watch the rock. It’s great when you can see these big ass
holes. That was awesome. So there we go, Baja mode in the books. That was amazing. I mean we were only going about 50-55 ish,
but it felt like we were going at least double that because of the terrain. Because you’re trying to digest everything
that’s coming at you a lot quicker. You’re trying to look out for every single
obstacle that might ruin your day, without a doubt the most exciting thing of the day
is the Baja mode. The truck just handles it so well. All right. Guys, we’re getting ready to head back the
other way now. My adrenaline’s still pumping from the first
one. All right. Line up through here. All right. Left foot break. Dodge the big rock. Oh yeah. Here we go there’s 50. Oh my goodness. Oh my god. Holy smokes. That is a white knuckle ride. Well, guys check it out. I got a very cool trophy complete with my
own BFG KO2. That means we pass. We didn’t flip any trucks over. We had an absolute blast on the Ford performance
Raptor assault today. Thanks to the guys, the instructors, we couldn’t
have done without them. John, Brandon, of course, Todd. It was a lot of fun and hats off to these
trucks, man. The guys at Ford knew what they were doing
when they were building the new Raptor. This thing is absolutely incredible both on
and of course, off-road. So we had a great time today here in Utah
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42 thoughts on “Raptor F150 Off Roading With Justin At Ford Performance Raptor Assault School

  1. I too have a 2018 on order and looking forward to Raptor Assault. BTW, the 2nd gen Raptors are no longer branded under SVT

  2. That's awesome, Justin. Didn't know you traded in your old truck. It was gorgeous… but if you were going to trade it in for anything, a Raptor would be it!

  3. Justin, sweet video! I have 17 Ruby Red and debating on getting the Ford Performance exhaust. Did they have those systems on the trucks out there? Sound pretty mean? Thoughts…?

  4. my 04 X5 has hill descent… and a crazy nice sophisticated 4wd system with variable power split. is it half raptor?

  5. Great video! I wish I could make it out to Utah with my raptor I know they supply you with one but for me to get out to Utah is probably impossible even though I am entitled to those.

  6. When I bought my 17 Raptor I didn't take advantage of this. Traded that in. Now own my 19 Raptor and going in end of August. Looking forward to it. Thanks for a great video. Did anyone bring their own helmet? Do you share the driving with one other person in the truck the whole day? Did you see anyone bring a guest to other than the evening reception the night before? They say no, but just wondering.

  7. I just got my raptor assault invitation letter in the mail baby!!! Can’t fuckin wait for that Baja trail section!!! And I don’t have to risk messing my raptor up too!!!

  8. Wow. …I have a new found love for these machines. I always knew that they were great but we can clearly see just how awesome they are. I'm going to work hard to own a Gen 2 someday, there's no "too expensive" for me… a dream is made to come true. Thanks for the fantastic video!
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  9. That’s funny I traded in my white lariat for a lightning blue raptor but then I got bored of that too and went with the Roush F150 supercharged

  10. Everything for bed taking a $75,000 raptor off road and putting a scratch in it I would cry LOL and I’m not kidding I would’ve cried all the time I had the raptor the only place I took it inside some dirt roads in the Pine barons of New Jersey

  11. We bought two Raptors they used in this program and just a heads up to anyone looking to do the same…DONT DO IT! They were 2017’s with only 11K miles. Well…those 11k miles were 11K miles of them literally beating the living hell out of the trucks. A truck with 11K miles should not have a scratch on it, these things were so jacked up it’s crazy.

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