Ford details the performance tires that let the new Raptor dig its claws in
By Steve Turner
Photos by Ford Motor Company
As we await the arrival of the 2017 F-150 Raptor, Ford is slowly giving us more details about this next-gen performance truck. We know it will be lighter and faster than its predecessor, but we donâ€™t know quite how much power it will make just yet. We do know it will produce more than the last version of the truck and to help put down that power it has a unique set of tires. Today Ford released details and video about the truckâ€™s unique rubber.
â€œRaptorâ€™s all-new BFGoodrich all-terrain T/A KO2 tires were developed in parallel with the truckâ€™s chassis, so as the platform developed, the tires changed along with it,â€ says the company. â€œFord and BFGoodrich engineers went through more than a dozen variations to ensure the tires matched the extreme performance expected from Raptor. Hundreds of hours were spent using computer simulations to predict how the tires would react in real-world driving situations.â€
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