The second generation of the Ford Raptor has brought the popularity of the F-150 to an all-time high. It’s the best off-road ready production truck on the market, by a large margin. The one major drawback is the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 that provides the power to this incredible machine, but even that is up for debate. Those of us that were the biggest naysayers of the V6 powering the most capable production off-road truck ever built have started to change our minds on the whole thing. It’s that good. However, when the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) wanted to have a vehicle built for an upcoming charity auction, Ford Performance jumped at the opportunity to create an even more badass Raptor. And to follow along with the aviation theme they christened this one of a kind off-road beast the “F-22 Raptor,” to pay homage to the Lockheed F-22 fighter jet.

The proceeds from the F-22 Raptor will go towards the support of EAA’s youth aviation programs so they really wanted to have something spectacular. And based on what you see here, along with the few tidbits we know about it, the F-22 appears to be nothing short of spectacular. While there are quite a few upgrades to the F-22 Raptor, the most notable is to the powertrain. As I mentioned above, the stock Raptor comes with an Ecoboost 3.5L V6 and even though it’s missing two cylinders it’s by no means a slouch. It’s rated at 450hp and 500lb-ft of torque, which is a jump from the previous generation’s 411hp. But Ford Performance felt since it was going to be sold for a good cause they needed to add some power. And not just a small power increase either. They managed to pull an additional 95hp out of the motor and now it’s rated a 545hp! Which I can’t help but wonder why they didn’t do that for the production Raptor in the first place. It sure would’ve softened the blow of it having a V6 under the hood.

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There seems to be a bit of conflicting information regarding how they managed to pull the extra power out of the Ecoboost motor. In stock form, its twin-turbocharged but yet according to the promotional video from the EAA it claims to have a new supercharger. I can’t imagine they added that on top of the turbos even though it’s technically been done before, but I guess it’s possible. Other reports from Car and Driver and Automobile indicate that it actually has a Whipple Intercooler and that combined with a few other goodies under the hood is what provides the substantial power increase. However Ford Performance managed to pull it off really doesn’t matter though, because bottom line it’s now pushing out 545hp.

As far as the performance upgrades, the engine work is the most significant. They did add an upgraded brake system as well as shed some weight thanks to the addition of carbon fiber in a few places. But aside from that, they mainly focused on making the aesthetics of the F-22 to match the performance capabilities. It’s been fitted with a full off-road lighting system that will turn night into day when you decide to go blast through the desert in the middle of the night. They also added a custom set of wheels and tires that give the F-22 a more aggressive stance. The front grille that usually reads FORD has been replaced with an F-22 fighter jet inspired logo which I didn’t notice at first, but the more you look at it the more it grows on you. There are a few other F-22 inspired logos scattered throughout the interior and exterior of the truck, including a wrap that says F-22 along the side. Just in case you get too wild out in the desert and end up getting a flat tire, fear not the F-22 Raptor has you covered thanks to a bed mounted tire rack that’s similar to what you’ll find on a Trophy Truck or at least a pre-runner.

You’re now seeing why I think this might be the coolest charity auction item that money can buy. And the fact that it’s going to a good cause that’ll help America’s youth become better pilots, I fully expect the F-22 Raptor will fetch a boatload of money for the EAA youth programs. The auction will take place July 27th in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at the EAA “Gathering of Eagles” convention.


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