2018 F-150 Awards Now Include Top Honors at TAWA Truck Rodeo

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The 2018 F-150 awards are coming in left and right, including the recent Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) award. Scoring top marks at the Texas Truck Rodeo hosted by the TAWA, the new F-150 impressed judges with its competitive design and precision-tuned EcoBoost® engine options. The F-150 Raptor also took first place in the Off-Road Pickup Truck category.

According to Ford, the TAWA panel at the Truck Rodeo consists of more than 70 journalists who are experts in the auto industry, all of whom test pickups for more than 300 hours. Believe it or not, the Ford F-Series has won 14 other times throughout the history of the TAWA awards.

“With the new 2018 F-150, we’re honored to earn back-to-back Truck of Texas awards for F-Series, a recognition that speaks to the truck team’s dedication to our hardworking customers,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and president, North America. “That’s especially true in Texas—truck capital of the world.”

The new F-150 has new features like an Auto Start-Stop feature for all engines, which helps to preserve gas, and an all-new 3.3-liter V6 option. The Raptor is built for off-road trails, offering a high-output engine, a Terrain Management System™, BF Goodrich KO2 tires, and upgraded FOX shocks. You can test the new F-150 and the F-150 Raptor at Tropical Ford today.

Tips for Off-Roading for the First Time in a Ford Raptor

tips for off-roading - Tropical Ford BlogThere’s no other pickup like the Ford Raptor. This truck was built for off-roading through and through. From its powertrain to its suspension to every little detail, the rugged terrain is this truck’s destiny. If you’re taking a Ford Raptor or another Ford truck from Tropical Ford out off-roading for the first time this summer, use these helpful tips for off-roading to stay safe and have the most fun.

Read the Manual
Before you go off-roading, you need to make sure you understand everything about your vehicle. Read your owner’s manual to learn about things like traction control and the four-wheel drive system to get a basic understanding of its capabilities.

Practice First
The Ford Raptor delivers exceptional handling and excellent grip on mountain roads and twisty, rocky surfaces. But before you take the Ford Raptor out for the real deal, get a little practice in on a smaller scale first. Find small creeks, steep inclines, and gravel roads where you can get a feel for how the truck handles so you’ll be more prepared.

Bring the Right Tools
Don’t just head out empty handed. Not only should you bring with you a first aid kit for your safety, but you’ll need tools for your truck’s safety too. Look into purchasing the type of tools that will help you recover should you get stuck, like a quality winch, which can pull you out of a muddy situation.

 

New Ford F-150 Raptor is Reaching a Global Audience

Check out the new Ford F-150 Raptor, a special trim that’s headed around the world thanks to its recent popularity. This model has unparalleled off-road capabilities, offering a thrilling ride and athletic styling. The Raptor was also part of the first-ever official export program, sending the F-150 to places such as China.

According to Ford, the F-150 Raptor is made for off-road trails, with a special exterior design and added performance. This model comes with up to 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. There are also added features like Terrain Management, a widebody design, hood vent, and BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires, among other things.

Two 2017 F-150 Raptors parked next to each other in the desert
The all-new Ford F-150 Raptor

“Ford is one of America’s top exporters, and F-150 Raptor’s appeal and unmatched off-road performance has earned the truck a loyal following around the globe,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “Export to China enables us to bring a new group of enthusiasts into the Ford family.”

What else is so special about the Ford F-150 Raptor? This special model also comes with Ford’s signature military-grade alloy to help reduce weight and save on gas. Plus, with TORQUE-ON-DEMAND and 3.0-inch FOX Racing Shox, you can tackle virtually any terrain. It’s easy to see why Ford has been able to ship this pickup across the globe.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Races in Best in the Desert Mint 400 Off-Road Race

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor participated in the Best in the Desert Mint 400 Off-Road Race, making it the first full-size truck in this class to race in this category. The Raptor finished in 23rd place overall after racing in nine different classes, and was one of just 19 teams in the limited group that finished the race out of 68 entries.

The Raptor completed the two laps on the track in 9 hours and 10 minutes, while the first, second, and third place winners of the unlimited class race were all modified Ford trucks.

The 2017 Raptor is lightweight thanks to its aluminum body, which allows it to use an EcoBoost engine that’s smaller, more powerful, and more fuel efficient than the average. Its suspension is improved from other F-150 models and it comes with off-road tires. The EcoBoost engine is paired with a 10-speed transmission and a torque-on-demand transfer case.