Ford’s insanely popular F-150 Raptor off-road race truck will add
electronically controlled adaptive shock absorbers for a smoother
ride and better control when the 2019 model goes on sale late this
The new Fox
Racing Shox are joined by an electronic system that functions like
cruise control for the most challenging off-road conditions, Recaro
sport seats and a few cosmetic changes.
absorbers have three settings — normal, sport and off-road. They’re
engaged by the electronic drive control, which modifies the
suspension, steering, engine and transmission for a variety of
conditions on the road and off. The shocks’ stiffness and damping
can change every millisecond.
One example of
their operation is "jump mode," in which the sensors
detect the load getting lighter, realize the truck is about to go
airborne and stiffen the shocks for maximum damping so the truck
doesn’t bottom out when it returns to the ground. A solenoid
mounted on the shocks varies pressure on the fluid, increasing the
hydraulic pressure up to 400 pounds in extreme conditions.
Raptor will also add contrasting color lettering for the massive
"Raptor" stamped on its tailgate, carbon fiber interior
trim and new exterior colors.
fuel economy will be announced closer to when the ‘19 Raptor goes
on sale. The 2018 Raptor has a 450-hp twin-turbo V6, 10-speed
automatic transmission and a $50,115 base price.