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Ford Engineering Boss Confirms New F-150 Raptor Makes 450 HP

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/26/2015 Alex Nishimoto

The Ford Raptor was one of the 2015 Detroit auto show's biggest surprises, though every debut from that show inevitably took a backseat to the Ford GT. We now have a better idea of what to expect from the EcoBoost-powered Raptor, as Ford group president of global product development Raj Nair just let slip how much power the off-road-focused pickup makes.

Nair made the comments during an interview at this past weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona. Speaking of the EcoBoost V-6 engine that powers the Ford-Riley Daytona Prototype race cars, Nair said, "The development we're doing here in racing we're taking right back into the production car, so a lot of what we learned we're putting back into the F-150 Raptor getting 450 hp…this same engine's going to go in our Ford GT at over 600 hp. So it's straight from production to racing, back to production."

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So there you have it. The next Ford F-150 Raptor will make 450 hp, or 39 ponies more than the outgoing model's 411 hp from a 6.2-liter V-8. The product boss made no mention of torque, but you can likely expect it to exceed the current Raptor's 434 lb-ft. However much it ends up making, Ford's chief engineer for global performance vehicles Jamal Hameedi promises the next Raptor will outperform its predecessor.

"You have to drive it. The engine is so capable and the thing with trucks is that you want a lot of torque -- a lot of low-speed torque -- and this engine is just vastly superior to the V-8 in terms of low-RPM torque. Like not even close," Hameedi told us in a recent interview.

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Though some have voiced doubts that the EcoBoost V-6 is a worthy powerplant for the Raptor and the Ford GT, the engine did propel Chip Ganassi Racing and its Ford-Riley DP to an overall win at the 24 Hours of Daytona this year. We'll have to wait until we drive an EcoBoost-powered Raptor to find out if racing success translates to off-road capability. Stay tuned.

Source: Fox Sports

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