The Ford F-150 Raptor is known by many for its legendary power and off-road prowess. Many have tried to beat this adventure-ready pickup in its versatile capability, but none have succeeded. One of the latest competitors seeking to challenge the F-150 Raptor is the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. It’s set to feature a new 702-horsepower HEMI engine. However, with a new supercharged V8 on the horizon for the Ford F-150 Raptor, this little update from Ram is of no concern to the most popular pickup in America.
According to Ford Authority, the next generation Raptor is going to house the Shelby GT500’s supercharged 5.2-liter V8 under its hood. This engine is expected to provide between 725-750 horsepower, which makes it the fastest street-legal Ford engine to date. That’s plenty more horses than the TRX.
There’s still no word as to when, exactly, this monster of a pickup will be available, although Ford Authority suggested it might come as soon as the end of the 2021 model year, or in the 2022 model year.
The current Ford F-150 Raptor isn’t shy about its power, either. It has a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 under its hood, boasting a significant 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. That’s the best in its class for now, and with the next-generation Raptor, Ford plans to beat the competition yet again.
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If you’ve ever looked into Ford hybrid models, you may have some idea of this brand’s commitment to protecting the environment. But the Ford green initiatives extend beyond its vehicles. Back in 2018, Ford brought six different beehives to its Dearborn campus in Detroit, and found homes for the bees in the North Pond area of the World Headquarters.
This August, Ford announced that its six colonies of bees produced a harvest of honey. This was the second year that the bees have generated enough honey to be harvested and used. Ford plans to distribute the honey between local nonprofits and their food service provider, Aramark, for use in the campus cafeteria.
Ford initially got involved in bee preservation in 2016, when it brought a habitat of roughly 80,000 bees to its Rouge Complex. The move was a success, so Ford decided to do the same at its WHQ. As of now, there are an estimated 360,000 bees thriving in the six WHQ colonies, and Ford has plans to use some of those to start new colonies at other campuses in the future.
Protecting the bees is a huge eco-friendly move for Ford. Honeybees alone pollinate over 90 commercial crops, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration. Their presence is essential to the global economy.
Want a eco-friendly Ford model? Check out the efficient Escape, which offers a hybrid model. You can find it at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.