Ford Ranger Raptor engineer on how to make an RS pick-up

Ford Ranger Raptor engineer on how to make an RS pick-up

Why doesn’t the Raptor use a V8?

“Whenever you’re selecting powertrains, there’s always a view on understanding what the right powertrain is. For the type of four-wheel driving that car does, a twin-turbo V6 is the right one. Sure, a V8 sounds great and everyone loves the rumble of the 5.0-litre V8 we’ve got in the Mustang, but it’s not the right motor for [the Raptor]. 

“The 3.0-litre V6 makes torque in the right spots and gives you a lot more punch down low from the turbocharging, where you really need it off road.”

Has there been more focus on on-road performance?

“At the core of any Raptor, it’s got to be exceptional off road. But what we’ve always wanted is for it to work everywhere. It’s no use having a car that’s phenomenal off road but then tiring and exhausting on road. We wanted to make sure it worked really well on road, and then when you get it off road, it puts a big smile on your dial.”

Did you take learnings from the American Raptors?

We carry a lot of similarity with the Bronco Raptor, which is fundamentally on the T6 chassis, and there’s a lot of commonality to be had by sharing calibration and engineering. Having the two vehicles with a very similar powertrain, transmission, chassis mounting strategy – there’s a lot of really good commonality that comes out of that.”