Ford Motor Company will auction an all-new one-of-a-kind 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor for charity at the 46th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event, in Scottsdale, Ariz. All proceeds will benefit JDRF, a global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. Live coverage of the action will air on Velocity, January 20 at 8 p.m. local time.
The winning bidder of Lot No. 3004 – selling at no reserve – will become the owner of the last 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor produced and get to choose from a unique one-of-one Raptor color. The all-new Raptor incorporates years of Ford performance and engineering to deliver the ultimate high-performance off-road truck.
“The new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is by far the most off-road-capable vehicle on the market today, boasting some of the best performance technology to come from Ford,” said Jim Owens, marketing manager, Ford Performance. “Raptor serves as a testament to our passion for creating vehicles that are designed to tackle the toughest obstacles on earth. We’re really looking forward to auctioning off our custom creation to help support JDRF.”
As a bonus, Mark Fields, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company, will announce Raptor Assault at the auction. All 2017 F-150 Raptor buyers will have the opportunity to attend the program at Ford Performance Racing School starting in April. While customers are responsible for transportation and lodging, Ford will offer the one-day course for free. Attendees will receive instruction in off-road driving techniques including rock crawling, as well as other driving skills.
“JDRF is extremely grateful for the tremendous support we continue to receive from Ford and its employees, who share our vision of a world without type 1 diabetes,” said Derek Rapp, JDRF president and CEO. “Last year, we joined Ford to auction a one-of-a-kind Focus RS at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, and we are thrilled to come together again as Ford introduces the new Raptor. Funds raised through this auction support JDRF in our mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes and its complications.”
Equipped with an all-new Raptor-exclusive high-output 3.5L EcoBoost engine, F-150 Raptor churns out 510 lb.-ft. of torque and 450 hp across a wide powerband. Thanks to an all-new Ford-built 10-speed transmission and exclusive transfer case managed by a six-mode Terrain Management System, Raptor can tackle virtually any terrain.
Other exclusive features of the all-new Raptor include incorporating the same high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and fully boxed high-strength steel frame as F-150. This reduces weight by 500 pounds versus the 2014 truck. The 2017 Raptor features a beefier suspension with aluminum control arms up front, specially tuned springs at the back, 3-inch internal-bypass Fox Racing shocks and plenty of off-road armor to help the truck power through anything, according to Ford.
“Barrett-Jackson has enjoyed a long and solid relationship with Ford that has raised millions of dollars to benefit charity,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO, Barrett-Jackson Auctions. “The auction of the highly anticipated Ford Raptor promises to be a highlight of the show – one that will help support a truly great cause. We look forward to our continued relationship with Ford as we work together to support those in need.”
In addition to the latest Ford Performance models on display headlined by the 2017 Ford GT production car, Ford will feature its F-250 F-Series Super Duty as part of its full vehicle lineup.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet