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A Look at the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Author JoeC    Category Off-Road Vehicles     Tags

2015 Ford F-150 RaptorWe at For Car Fans are starting to get an idea of what the brand new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is going to feature, so we thought we’d share what we know with our readers. With a new aluminum-based body and stiffer suspension, this will be a pickup truck to watch. Let’s take a closer look!

Features for the 2017 Ford F-150

Ford is currently trail-testing the 2017 Ford F-150, and based on the video Ford has released—in which the Raptor traverses some difficult off-road terrain—it’s not going to disappoint fans or potential buyers.

The F-150 Raptor is modeled after the aluminum-intensive body of the 2015 Ford F-150. The prototype Ford is testing combines this with the already-completed components of the 2017 Raptor. Though it’s only a prototype, we know drivers will get 3-inch Fox Racing Shox that will optimize shock absorption and make your suspension more resilient on challenging off-road terrain. You’ll also be higher off the ground than you would be with the current Raptor.

This new pickup will feature extra-responsive, clutch-based, and durable four-wheel drive. It provides on-demand torque, getting you the drive you need for those tough maneuvers.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Performance and TMS

We did see a concept model of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor at the Detroit auto show this year. While the current generation of Raptor has a 6.2L V8 that gets 411 hp, the new Raptor should have a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that produces 450 hp. It will be paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission and feature a dual exhaust to improve efficiency.

The new Raptor will also feature a Terrain Management System (TMS) that adjust traits such as powertrain, driveline, ABS, and traction control according to six preset driving modes including Normal, Street, Weather, Mud, Sand, Baja, and Rock. A Torsen front differential will be optional as well.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled to Learn More

If you want to learn more about the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, keep your eyes on For Car Fans. The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is sure to be an exceptional pickup, and we’ll have more information on it soon.


A Look at Beach Buggies

Author JoeC    Category Off-Road Vehicles     Tags

Beautiful beach and dunes at sunsetA beach buggy or a dune buggy is a type of off-roading vehicle mainly used to tackle sandy terrain on beaches. They have large wheels, wide tires, and tend to have an open frame with an exposed engine, but some offer a more car-like appearance. Buggies can go from 30 mph to 60 mph in many cases and some are also built to tackle other types of terrain. A beach buggy can be the perfect vehicle for some fun in the sun, though it’s not going to be practical as a year-round vehicle. Note that in many cases, dune buggies can also be classified as go-karts and ATVs.

Meyers Manx

Meyers Manx originally produced dune buggies in the 60s and 70s, and has since returned to the industry. These classic Manx buggies look like roadsters perfect for cruising on the beach or driving around town on a sunny day. Originally, they were car kits built for Volkswagen models (some current ones are still made for the old Volkswagen Beetle). Manx models were featured in Elvis Presley movies, Barbie got one once, and the Grand Theft Auto games have had playable dune buggies clearly inspired by Meyers Manx.

Volkswagen Buggy Up

Volkswagen cars have long been used as the basis for beach buggies and now VW looks to be building their own. In 2011, they released a mini car concept called the Volkswagen Up and have since patented a design for a buggy version. It has a thick body and open roof; below the hoop is a 1.0L three-cylinder engine capable of 59 or 74 hp.

Tips for Buying a Beach Buggy

1. Size: Are you going to be the one driving this by yourself or do you plan on taking friends with you? Dune buggies can fit up to four people in most cases.
2. Destination: To determine what type of buggy you need, you need to know where you’ll be driving. Are there dunes you wish to climb or is this just going to be for driving on sand?
3. Transportation: Some dune buggies are street legal while others are not. Keep that in mind when deciding on a buggy. If you have a big truck, then it’s no problem getting your buggy to the beach. If not, it may be better to buy one that resembles a car a little more.