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Ford is a brand that is no stranger to racing success. And now, Ford has announced that it is taking the Ranger Raptor pickup truck to the SCORE International Baja 1000. The Blue Oval has heavily modified its mid-size truck to handle the kind of conditions it will be racing in. And it is a one-off vehicle. 

What is the SCORE Baja 1000?

The Baja 1000 is one of the most prestigious off-road racing events for trucks and other vehicles in the world. It is taking place later this month and is being held on the Baja California Peninsula. The length of the Baja 1000 does vary, but ideally, the point-to-point race is 1,000 miles, while there is a shorter loop race that takes place. 

A diverse group of racing teams typically take on this challenge. And the event has been taking place since 1967. Now, Ford is entering the fray with a special version of its mid-size truck, the Ford Ranger. 

The new Ranger Raptor is being put to the test

Ford Performance has been working with Australia’s Kelly Racing to build a Ford Ranger Raptor Rally. The vehicle is going to be raced by Lovelle Racing, and it has already undergone extensive testing. Specific details about the mid-size truck are limited, but it is certainly not your average Ranger. 

Airborne Ford Ranger Raptor showing some serious power and fun
Airborne Ford Ranger Raptor | Ford

This mid-size pickup is built to SCORE’s stock class. But, there is also something even more interesting about it. It is going to run on Shell’s one-third blend of biofuel. This mixture is made from ethanol and bionaptha. So, it seems like Ford is trying to highlight the benefits of low-carbon fuels. And what better way to do that than an extremely grueling off-road race. 

Some changes that we do know about for this truck include a large snorkel, LED lights, new tires, and a modified bed. Basically, Ford is putting the Ranger Raptor to the test with the Baja 1000. Other Ford products that have run in this event include the F-150 and the Bronco. 

Is Ford building a Ranger Raptor?

According to Car and Driver, Ford is planning a Raptor version of the Ranger for 2023. Those familiar with the Blue Oval know that the Raptor name means serious off-road capability, and a more aggressive vehicle overall. Ford has confirmed that this mid-size truck will be sold in the United States, but exact pricing has yet to be announced. 

Red Ford Ranger Raptor Playing in a big sandbox, it could soon compete in the Baja 1000.
Ford Ranger Raptor | Ford

The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor will boast a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that is expected to make 392 horsepower and 430 pound-foot of torque. A beefier suspension will also be present. That way, buyers can get a mid-size truck that is ready for off-road use. 

Other off-road equipment included will be a locking front and rear differential, along with standard four-wheel drive. This truck won’t be as rugged as the Ranger that is going to the Baja 1000. But, it will be ideal for those who don’t want a full-size truck like the F-150 Raptor. It’s expected to be a pretty popular package for those with the proper budget.


2023 Ford Ranger Raptor Price Will Reportedly Start at $52,500