One owner nearly found out the hard way.
America's favorite performance truck, the Ford F-150 Raptor has gained cult status ever since it was first launched over a decade ago and is only getting better, with the return of V8 power planned for the future. It should make Ford proud to see that its product is being used as intended, but there's a corner of the internet where its trucks are being abused. The all-new Raptor was revealed back in February and soon after, a video surfaced of the performance truck leaping through the air for a commercial shoot. Now a new video is spreading across the internet of a new F-150 Raptor making a similar jump, but this one doesn't end so well.
The video shows social media stuntman Schaefchen launching the F-150 Raptor off a snow-packed ramp into a thick layer of the white stuff down below. The Raptor's high-performance Fox shocks and long-travel suspension have been improved over the previous generation, and offer more travel and load-bearing capabilities, but are far from being on the same level as a full-blown trophy truck. Schaefchen clearly ignores this fact as he barrels down the snowy trail. The takeoff goes down without a hitch, and for a few split seconds, the Ford looks eerily graceful. The landing doesn't look too bad either, as the big truck comes plopping down into a thick blanket of snow, but things soon go wrong: as the truck lands, it hits a small embankment which causes it to lose control and nearly flip.
Schaefchen comments on the video "finally got to jump the Raptor today. Nothing broke, drives like new. Good job Ford". It's a good thing that the Raptor boasts the longest coil springs in its class at 24 inches, and a huge suspension travel figure of 13.1 inches when fitted with 37-inch tires - which is 1.3 inches more than its close rival the Ram 1500 TRX. We understand that the F-150 Raptor is meant to be driven hard, but has the internet ever heard of something called mechanical sympathy?