Ford has launched a new off-road training program that revolves around its F-150 SVT Raptor. Called the Ford Racing Raptor Assault program, it's based at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah and gives pupils the chance to jump, drift, and rock-hop a lightly-modified Raptor around the Park's many features.
These include an 8-acre rock-crawling area, a 22-acre high-speed off-road course where the Raptor especially shines, along with a 900-acre desert course for really putting its Fox Racing Shocks and 411-horsepower V8 to the test.
Instructors will be on-hand to train drivers who pony up the tuition fees, which range from $300 for a three-hour experience to $1,395 for a full-day course. A hot-lap ride-along with one of the pros is also on the menu. Raptor owners get discounted rates for the above. The schedule of available dates for 2013 is up on the dedicated site.
Ford has sold nearly 28,000 F-150 SVT Raptors since it launched in 2009, making it the brand's most successful specialty truck to date. The truck is the only one to offer a factory beadlock option for its wheels to allow dropping pressures for ultimate traction in hardcore off-roading situations. Last year, an optional front-mounted camera lets drivers see over the peak of a steep climb rather than just the sky, and for the 2012 model year, a front Torsen LSD was added to the drivetrain.