With the allegations of bent frames, the Ford Raptor has had some wind taken out of its off-roading sails. The outcry from its owners has made SVT Chief Nameplate Engineer Jamal Hameedi come out of hiding to answer some questions.
Speaking to Autoblog, Hameedi believes that the frame bending isn't a Ford issue, and one of owner treatmentbut it's not exactly abuse, either. "I think there's a certain learning curve going out there," he said. "The cool thing about the Raptor is that it's something new that has never been done before. So it's bringing a lot of new enthusiasts into this realm of high-speed off-roading."
Judging by the video of the 10 trucks conducting high-speed runs, the owners were driving a 60 to 80mph in the desert, and anecdotally up to 120mphtoo fast for the terrain, and forcing the truck to run out of suspension travel. According to Hameedi, the frame was designed to yield in such conditions, to avoid kicking the rear end into the air and causing an even worse accident.
"There's a learning curve with these new enthusiasts and the organizers of how to properly run an off-road, high-speed event like this. This is part of that learning curve. You can't just find an off-road trail and barrel down it at 100 miles an hour."
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