All of which went to charity, of course.
Earlier this summer, a one-off, F-22 fighter jet-inspired Ford F-150 Raptor was revealed, which was to be auctioned off by the Experimental Aircraft Association Gathering of Eagles for charity. The off-road truck, it has just been announced, sold for $300,000, with all proceeds going to benefit the group’s Young Eagles, an organization and an event committed to aviation and encouraging youth involvement in flight. Even before this F-150 Raptor’s creation, Ford had raised more than $3 million for the annual event since 2008 with other one-offs.
As for its latest offering, the F-22 F-150 Raptor features several modifications over the stock version. For example, there’s a Whipple-intercooled 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, now making 545 hp and 660 lb-ft of torque over the standard 450 hp and 510 lb-ft. Additional upgrades include modified front suspension and bump stop kit, DeBerti carbon fiber fender flares, hood and fender vents, a titanium finish for the custom grille with the F-22 design, an Amp Research set of powered side steps, LineX Bedliner, and a cat-black Borla exhaust system with carbon fiber tips. And, of course, the truck is painted with fighter jet colors and comes with roof-mounted lights, and unique wheels and graphics. So, who’s the proud new owner?
That would be Gary Ackerman of Gaudin Ford in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ackerman just also so happens to serve as Honorary Commander/Ambassador for the United States Air Force’s F-22 Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The styling work was done by Ford design manager Melvin Betancourt, who stated that "Our job - both in the air and on the ground - is to intimidate the competition. The money we raised will enable Young Eagles to reach for the skies as well."