F-150 Raptor Gets Performance Shocks, Off-Road Tech
Ford Motor Co. has added several performance features and other upgrades to the F-150 Raptor pickup truck.
The 2019 model features electronically controlled Fox Racing shock absorbers. The variable oil pressure-controlled system taps into various vehicle sensors to monitor changing road conditions and adjusts suspension settings accordingly.
By automatically varying compression rates, the system can optimize the Raptor’s suspension travel (13 inches in the front and 14 inches at the rear) to improve ride and handling, according to the carmaker. Ford says the shocks minimize the possibility of the truck bottoming out, thereby allowing it to allow it to increase speed over rough terrain.
In addition, a new “trail control” feature automatically adjusts power and braking at each wheel to ensure a smooth ride. Billed as off-road cruise control, the system can be activated at speeds as high as 20 mph. Touching the brake pedal reduces vehicle speed rather than shutting off the system entirely.
The new F-150 also gets optional Recaro bucket seats with blue Alcantara inserts inspired by those used in Ford’s GT supercar. A bold Ford logo across the full tailgate is included in top trim packages.