Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Shelby Turns SVT Raptor into Ferocious Baja 700

 
 
How many off-road adventurers have been waiting for the 2017 model year vehicles to roll onto dealership lots? The impending arrival the EcoBoost powered next-generation version of the F-150 based Ford Raptor the probably fueled the dreams of many who are attracted to the roads less traveled (or do not exist at all). The 2017 Raptor will be Ford's attempt to better its 411-horsepower off-roading pickup truck. Though Ford decided to create an all-new vehicle, Shelby American's Baja 700 conversion awakens the 2011 to 2014 model year 6.2-liter V-8 engined vehicle.

In addition to the purchase of a 2011 to 2014 model year Ford SVT Raptor, Shelby's Baja 700 equipment package equates to a $45,000 investment. Not the first Ford SVT Raptor given the Shelby treatment, the respected Las Vegas based company enters a bold new performance realm. Exhibiting the same tenacious quest sports car excellence as the AC Cobra and GT350 version of the Ford Mustang, the limited edition Baja 700 is the Super Snake equivalent to the SVT Raptor.

The centerpiece to the Shelby Baja 700 is a 2.9-liter Whippie supercharger bolted to the Ford 6.2-liter V-8 powerplant. Combined with enlarged throttle bodies and injectors, upgraded heat exchanger plus a Borla brand exhaust system, the Baja 700's name meaning becomes evident. Shelby opens up 700 horsepower from the eight-cylinder engine.

Receiving a Shelby paint scheme accented with the trademark contrasting racing stripes, the Baja 700's new high-performance image is enhanced by optional bumpers furnished by Rogue Racing. Fitted with 18-inch custom wheels, the Shelby Baja 700 gains BF Goodrich K02 all-terrain tires. Additional traits to the performance off-road truck includes special badging and markings.

Explaining Shelby's motivation for creating the Baja 700, the company's co-CEO of Shelby International and the CEO of Shelby American Joe Conway recalls the founder's heritage. “Carroll had a love for trucks and brought his high performance, ‘Texas style’ to the drawing board when he envisioned the Shelby Raptor. This special edition Shelby Baja 700 builds on that vision, as it was created to conquer any terrain.” said Conway.

When Shelby declares a vehicle as 'limited edition', they mean it. Only 50 Ford Raptor SVTs will be permitted to serve as donors to the Shelby Baja 700 modifications.

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