Anyone who has seen the movie ‘Top Gun’ has instantly wanted to test their skills flying fighter jets. Seriously, what looks more exhilarating than flying a $100+ billion piece of airpower at speeds of 1,550 miles per hour? Nothing; the answer is nothing.
Ford Motor Company had the same fantasies. Now, you can drive the car-version of a fighter jet from West Valley City, Utah to just about anywhere. Ford has built a special edition of its Raptor off-roading truck inspired by the Lockheed Martin F-22 fighter jet. Interestingly enough, this Ford F150 Raptor is not the first Ford to be named after a fighter plane – the P-51 Mustang is an example of another Ford.
The special edition Raptor was built for a fundraising auction in Wisconsin. Because Ford is a long-time sponsor of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the one-of-a-kind pickup made an appearance at the EAA’s annual fly-in.
All the vehicles Ford has contributed to the EAA have raised them more than $3 million.
The Raptor, Explained
Using the Lockheed F-22 as its muse, the company designed its Ford F150 incorporating the jet’s distinctive and sleek style, abilities and design features. Some of these include a 3.5-liter twin-turbo, high output EcoBoost, Whipple intercooler (a device used to improve engine efficiency), carbon fiber wheel arches, and other cosmetic details to additionally channel the captivating jet.
If the thought of flying a fighter jet makes your nerves tingle and still lingers in your head as one of your biggest fantasies, then driving the new Ford F150 Raptor might be the best way to start making those dreams a reality (spoiler alert: don’t be disappointed when your Raptor doesn’t drive at a speed of 1,550 mph).
Driving has never been so sexy. Call up your local Ford dealer today to live out your wildest dreams.