In this episode of TFL Talkin’ Trucks, Andre covers every inch of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor with an engineer.
The third generation 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor takes all of the capability of the current model and gives the customer more of what they want. That’s according to Ford Performance program engineering manager Tony Greco, who shared his insights in our latest podcast. Many of the dimensions are the same. Still, the Ford engineers were able to make a lot of changes to accommodate the new components.
More on the powertrain
The powertrain has changed a bit. It’s still a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, hooked up to a 10-speed automatic transmission. While numbers were not released, Tony was hot to point out the all-new exhaust system. It acts and sounds a lot different than before. In fact, it’s configurable by the driver!
The new skin, interior and components of the 2021 Raptor sits upon the newest Ford F-150 frame. That frame has been strengthened and modified in key areas. Considering the ten-years of Raptor trial-and-error, they had a lot of experience behind their decisions.
All 2021 Ford Raptors get a five-link coil spring rear suspension with Panhard-rod bar (track bar). On top of that, there’s the option for massive 37-inch All Terrain tires.
One of the biggest hurdles is to build up the truck to work correctly with those 37-inch tires. There’s a lot more going on over simply adding a lift. To make those tires work, the engineers had to redesign the suspension, recalculate clearances and test the truck several times over. With the 37-inch tire, they had to reengineer the rear frame (to accommodate an equally-sized spare), and add unique rear Fox shocks.
Then, they had to work with the assembly plant to make all of the new, completely redesigned (and massive) components work at the assembly plant. Once again, it’s no simple task and they had to be creative in the ways to make it work without hurting assembly efficiency.