That F22-Inspired Ford F-150 Raptor Was Sold For $300,000

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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?

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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."

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