Our colleagues over at PickupTrucks.com had the unfortunate task of taking the updated 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor through Ford's Performance Racing School in Utah — such are the hardships that automotive journalists face. (This is sarcastic, if you can't tell.)
Since 2017, Ford has included the one-day course for free if you buy a new Raptor, although travel and lodging are on your own dime. The course includes instruction over various terrain and speeds, as well — everything from slow rock crawling to a high-speed off-road course.
The 2019 Raptor features three key updates: optional Recaro seats, Ford's new Trail Control system and updated, adjustable Fox Racing Live Valve shocks that adjust on the fly to changing terrain conditions. Four-wheel drive is standard, obviously.
The seats impressed us, holding everyone in place during various off-road maneuvers. A word of caution, however: They lack adjustable bolsters and may not fit every body type. That's definitely something to try before you buy.
Trail Control impressed us, too, working at up to 20 mph in the truck's 4-High setting and keeping things moving while we crawled over tough obstacles in 4-Low. The new Fox shocks, meanwhile, are adjustable to the driver's wishes, but they also adapt from constant driving feedback to further adjust to driving style.
Read the more detailed breakdown on the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor over at PickupTrucks.com.
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