More specifically, they will be running in the 2016 Best in the Desert race series, under the “Factory Stock” classification. Stock is a funny notion with the particular Raptor they will be fielding, because the race truck will feature unique external-bypass front and rear Fox shock absorbers and bigger springs that allow a greater ground clearance. The Raptor will run probably run unopposed in its class, and being the factory making the truck, can spec-up the truck accordingly.
Other items installed are for obvious safety reasons, and include a roll cage, race seat with five-point harness, and an assortment of LED light bars. But the rest–including the drivetrain–has to be stock. Luckily the V6 makes more than enough power, and is sent through an 8-speed automatic transmission to the Raptor’s advanced four-wheel drive system.
It features a terrain m management system that features, Normal, Weather (rain/snow), Mud/Sand, Rock, as well as two other interesting drive modes. “Street” is for high-performance, on-road driving, while “Baja” mode is designed for high-speed desert driving.
The first race is the Parker 425, Feb 4-7. It will be followed by the famous Mint 400 (March 10-14), the Laughlin Desert Classic (May 5), the Vegas to Reno (Aug. 17-20), the Bluewater Challenge (Sept. 10-Oct. 6), and finishing with the Pahrump Nugget 250 (Dec. 1-4).