Ford has donated a highly modified F-150 Raptor to be auctioned off to raise money for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and its program to support young aviation enthusiasts.
The truck’s F-22 fighter jet-inspired modifications were supervised by Ford design manager Melvin Betancourt, who fitted the Raptor with a Whipple aftermarket intercooler that helped extract 545 hp from the truck’s turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine, a 95-hp bump over the stock motor.
Suspension and brake upgrades promise even more off-road capability than a showroom-spec Raptor, a very competent rock-crawler in its own right.
Other add-ons include a purpose-built audio system, interior upgrades, LED light bar, carbon-fibre bodywork adorned with an F-22 graphics package, and a grille that replaces the Ford logo with a silhouette of the plane’s iconic shape.
This one-of-a-kind truck will be auctioned away on July 27 when the EAA holds its annual Gathering of Eagles gala, with proceeds going to the organization’s Young Eagles program, which provides plane rides for young people with the goal of inspiring the next generation of pilots and aviation enthusiasts. The EAA says that program has raised $3 million since its inception.
Ford is a longtime supporter of the Young Eagles program, having donated a series of modified Mustangs since 2006, “including last year’s P-51D-inspired Ole Yeller” this year’s Raptor marks from the first break from that Pony car tradition.