It was recently announced that Ford would be offering an exclusive performance training class for owners of the new 2017 Raptor at the Utah Motorsports Campus, home of the Ford Performance Racing School. They’re calling the program “Raptor Assault” and it’s scheduled to kick off April 4th and will go until the end of October. This class will teach you how to push your new Raptor far beyond what you thought it was capable of through some of the harshest, and yet most beautiful and diverse desert terrain imaginable.
The goal of the class is to give owners a better understanding of the six driving modes and the performance characteristics of each, as well as to drastically improve their driving skills in these extreme situations, all while having as much fun as humanly possible behind the wheel of the new 450hp offroad beast. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, or on the verge of becoming a professional offroad racer, the Raptor Assault program will be customized to fit your skills behind the wheel.
If you’ve never been to that part of the country, you’re really missing out. Especially if you’re an offroad enthusiast. Just within the Motorsports Campus, located west of Salt Lake City, attendees will have access to a full desert course to use the new Baja Mode, rock crawling areas for the Rock Crawl mode, and just about everything in between. You’ll also be doing all sorts of hill climbing and descending both straight up, and on a sidehill angle, through mud, sand, dirt, and possibly even the snow if you sign up for the classes in early April. All of which with a Ford Performance Racing School instructor sitting right next to you, teaching you the proper way to use the truck.
As I mentioned earlier, this program is exclusively for the owners of the new 2017 Raptor. For those that qualify, Ford will be covering the cost, which is normally around $1,300. Attendees will be responsible for travel and lodging accommodations, so it’s not exactly a cheap adventure, but definitely worth the money. If you bought the new Raptor, you just spent at least $50,000, that’s if you’re lucky and didn’t have to pay ridiculous markups due to the extreme popularity of the only high-performance offroad truck on the market. We’ve heard horror stories where guys paid more than $80,000 once all was said and done. So if you’ve spent that kind of money on the truck, why not take full advantage of it and learn how to use it to the best of its abilities?
With that being said, I should also mention that you don’t need to worry about scratching up your new baby while attending the Raptor Assault. That’s because Ford is donating a small fleet of Raptors to be used instead. For those that are looking to push their driving skills to a new level, they can opt for a second day of performance driving training, only not in the Raptor. Instead, you’d get behind the wheel of the new Mustang GT for a full day smashing around a road course as long as you’re willing to pay the addition costs estimated around $1,400.
I won’t go into my usual rant about how terrible of an idea it was for Ford to put a V6 in the best offroad truck on the planet. Mainly because I have a lot of respect for this decision to cover the cost of the Raptor Assault program. So if you’re one of the Raptor lovers that didn’t mind that it sounds absolutely horrible with that ridiculous EcoBoost V6, check out www.RaptorAssault.com. for details. For those that own the first gen Raptor, they can still attend the course, but it will be on their own dime.