Thursday 27 October 2016
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Auto News: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Hits the Desert

Auto News: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Hits the Desert


Ford’s wrapped up initial durability testing of its new 2017 F-150 Raptor. It recently put the off-roader to the test over more than 1,000 miles of trails in the desert southwest.

Over 1,028 miles of desert trail designed to parallel the Baja race course in Mexico, the 66-mile route featured a wide range of surfaces including fast sandy washes, deep-rutted silt beds, steep climbs in deep sand, and slow meticulous crawls through tight trenches. The truck topped speeds of 100 mph in places, slowing to 10 mph in others, for an average speed of approximately 50 mph. The 2017 Raptor is 25 percent faster than the current truck based on lap times.

At the end of each lap, the new Raptor completed a tabletop jump consisting of a steep ramp up to a two-foot plateau, then a step-off back to level ground. The vehicles tested were early build prototypes made from a mix of 2015 F-150 Raptor and 2017 F-150 Raptor components.

Testing of the next Raptor, first revealed earlier this year, continues into 2016. The 2017 F-150 Raptor goes on sale in fall 2016.


Volkswagen is reaching new heights with its TDI Clean Diesel engines. The Golf TDI now holds the Guinness World Record for “lowest fuel consumption – 48 U.S. contiguous States for a non-hybrid car.” It accomplished this feat with an amazing average mpg of 81.17.

The record was set by two guys in a 2015 VW TDI Golf who used a little over 100 gallons of diesel fuel to travel 8,233.5 miles through the all 48 contiguous states. The trip took 16 days and just wrapped on Tuesday.

“Covering 8,233.5 miles on just 101.43 gallons of Clean Diesel fuel is a remarkable accomplishment, and solid proof of the efficiency and fuel economy of Volkswagen’s TDI Clean Diesel vehicles. Whether on a long road trip, or even in daily commuting, the great mileage and long range of our TDI models is a pure convenience factor that few other vehicles on sale can match. It’s a simple formula: Less Stop, More Go!” says Michael Horn, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

The two guys who made the record setting trek are Wayne Gerdes, the primary driver and “expert hypermiler” who has set mileage records in over 100 vehicles. His Golf TDI 81.17 mgp record beat out not only the last record of 77.99 mpg, which he also drove in the 2013 VW TDI Passat, but also beat the 74.34 mpg hybrid record. His co-pilot was Bob Winger, an electronic engineer.

Photo Credit: Ford