MELBOURNE, Australia - The first-ever Ford Ranger Raptor has been named the Official Recover Vehicle for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship as well all supporting categories at Supercars Australia events. The Ford Ranger Raptor, which will join the Ford Performance line-up in Australian showrooms later in 2018, and comes with exclusive features unique to the light commercial segment.
The Ranger Raptor’s role as Official Recovery Truck will see it on duty at Supercars Australia events nationwide, including the flagship Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Ranger Raptor will also be on standby for all support categories and series at Supercars events, putting its on- and off-road capability to the test.
“We’re pleased to bring the Ranger Raptor to Australian customers, and to work with the SuperUtes series to showcase the Ranger line-up as a whole, reflecting Australian buyers’ who want the practicality, versatility and advanced features of the Ranger,” said Graeme Whickman, Ford Australia President and CEO.
Ranger Raptor has been developed to deliver the ultimate performance experience for off-road users, benefitting from Australian-led design and engineering at venues across the world including Ford Australia’s You Yangs Proving Ground and Ford’s Raptor Proving Ground in Borrego, USA, where the F-150 Raptor was tested. It builds on the Ranger’s popularity as 2017’s best-selling 4x4 Dual Cab in Australiai.
“We’re excited that the awesome Ranger Raptor, the Ford Performance super truck, will be our Official Recovery Vehicle at all Supercars Events later this year,” said Sean Seamer, CEO, Supercars. “I am looking forward to working closely with Graeme Whickman and his team at Ford and congratulate them on the launch of Ford Performance in Australia.”
Ranger customers are increasingly using their vehicle for both work and recreational purposes, including off-road enthusiast drives, and Ranger Raptor raises the bar in the field. Leveraging Ford’s engineering experience in building tough trucks and global engineering expertise in performance vehicles, the Ranger Raptor is an extremely capable off-roader built on customer feedback from Ford’s performance and truck products, both in Australia and around the globe.
Based on the Ranger with its Australian-led engineering and design in conjunction with Ford Performance in the US, the Ranger Raptor has been developed for customers who desire a pick-up truck that delivers an unmistakably unique statement. The Ranger Raptor is made for off-road enthusiasts who appreciate an outdoor lifestyle and seek out the challenges of the most extreme terrain, demanding an authentic, truly capable vehicle that’s a cut above other off-roaders. Ranger Raptor is the result of this vision.
The Ford Performance global organisation serves as an innovation laboratory and test-bed to create unique performance vehicles, parts, accessories and experiences for customers.
This includes developing innovations and technologies in aerodynamics, light-weighting, electronics, powertrain performance and fuel efficiency that can be applied more broadly to Ford’s product portfolio.
“The Ford Performance team is excited to extend the Raptor name from our flagship off-road performance F-150 to Ranger,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance. “Just like the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor builds upon the core capability of the range of vehicles it comes from and carries the unmistakable Ford Performance DNA appearance.”
The Ford Ranger Raptor will debut as the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Official Recovery Truck following its arrival in Australian showrooms in Q4, 2018.