The off-road madness continues.
Ford recently confirmed F-150 production has been hit by the semiconductor chip shortage. However, that's not the case for the all-new Ford F-150 Raptor. No, the off-road beast remains immune for now and that means production will get underway shortly. When, exactly?
According to just-published information uncovered by BlueOvalForums, both the new Raptor and F-150 Tremor are slated to begin production on July 6. Some early production has already taken place but these are predominantly press vehicles rather than examples sent to dealerships. Assuming all goes to plan, the first Raptors should be making their way to customers in late summer or early fall.
The fact that Ford has been able to retain a sufficient supply of chips for both of these off-road-focused trucks is quite impressive. Their production start dates have likely been planned for quite some time and Ford was able to stock up on their required chips. However, things change, especially in a crisis like the industry is undergoing now.
Both the Raptor and Tremor, despite being series production models, are still somewhat niche vehicles. The regular F-150 is more mainstream and potentially could be higher on the chip priority list. This is merely speculation on our part and, hopefully, we're wrong. The Raptor has proven to not only be a highly profitable truck for the automaker, but also a solid image builder.
It's rumored Ford is even considering a separate Raptor sub-brand that could, theoretically, include hardcore off-road versions of the Ranger and Bronco. It'll also be interesting to see how Ford handles future F-150 Raptors with full-on electrification. Next year, an all-electric F-150 will debut and the idea of instant torque at all four wheels should be appealing to any off-road enthusiast.
What can be confirmed is that Ford will launch an even more powerful Raptor variant called the Raptor R for one key reason: the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX. Ford has confirmed the Raptor R's engine will be the same 5.2-liter supercharged V8 found under the Mustang Shelby GT500's hood. The 700+ horsepower off-truck matchup will be epic.