You can see it in action at the Thailand Super Series.
While the next-generation Ford Ranger Raptor is expected to arrive in the US with a 2.7-liter V6 turbo, the current model is still forbidden fruit in the US. In Thailand, there's an even more extreme version built to tear up the track: meet the new Ford Ranger Raptor Race Truck.
Built by Ford Thailand Racing, the race truck is designed to compete in the Super Pickup class of the Thailand Super Series. Behind the wheel is 25-year-old Thai-Norwegian racer Sandy Stuvik, who also races an Audi R8 LMS GT3 in the Thailand Super Series GT3 class.
This is the first time a factory-built Ranger has competed in the racing class, but it will face some tough competition from more established converted race trucks including a Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max.
Powering this hardcore racing truck is a 3.2-liter inline-five turbodiesel. While the power output hasn't been revealed, it should be more potent than the standard mill found in the regular Ford Ranger Raptor that produces 194 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque. Stuvik says the turbo diesel was "boosted as much as we can." Power is sent through the truck's standard six-speed manual.
In the above video, we get to see the Raptor racing truck in action at the Bira circuit in Thailand preparing for the Super Series. The Ranger Raptor was never intended to be a racing truck, so the team had to overcome some technical problems during testing.
Compared to the regular Ranger Raptor, the race truck rides much lower to the ground thanks to Ohlins suspension. Other modifications include a wider body, larger brakes, a rear diffuser, and a rear wing mounted to the tailgate. You might be thinking the wheels and tires look too skinny for a race truck, but this is due to Super Series regulations.
Look out for Ford's new race truck tearing up the track in Super Series events scheduled for later this year.