2017 Raptor Owners Receive A Free Off-Road Driving School

If you are the proud owner of a 2017 F-150 Raptor, it was just announced at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, that you are eligible for a complimentary one day driving school called the Raptor Assault. (Photo Credit: Ford Motor Company)

If you are the proud owner of a 2017 F-150 Raptor, it was announced at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, that you are eligible for a complimentary one day driving school called the Raptor Assault. (Photo Credit: Ford Motor Company)

The off-road terrain near Ford Performance Racing School offers a diversity of challenges and is perfectly suited to showcase the high-performance capabilities of Raptor.—Henry Ford III, Ford Performance

With 2017 Raptors starting to climb into customer driveways, the new owners are going to have a lot of performance truck on their hands. With great power comes great responsibility. Thankfully those owners of Ford Performance’s off-road alpha predator will receive a free one-day driving school, dubbed the Raptor Assault, taught by the experts at the Ford Performance Driving School.

“The all-new F-150 Raptor was designed to be the ultimate, no-compromise off-road pickup with its cutting edge internal bypass suspension, six-mode Terrain Management System and 450 horsepower EcoBoost engine with massive amounts of torque,” Henry Ford III, Ford Performance marketing manager, said. “The off-road terrain near Ford Performance Racing School offers a diversity of challenges and is perfectly suited to showcase the high-performance capabilities of Raptor. The Ford Performance owner programs that have come before are a strong indication that this experience will be outstanding—a big hit with Raptor owners.”

Run by the Ford Performance Racing School at the Utah Motorsports campus, the Raptor Assault teaches owners of the latest Ford Performance pickup how to drive over desert and rocky terrain while making the most of the truck’s six driving modes.

If you aren’t familiar with the Raptor Assault, a similar program was offered to owners of the last-gen Raptor. Ford Performance typically includes this complimentary driver training to owners of its vehicles from Fiesta STs to Shelby GT350s.

Of course, the Raptor offers a unique set of capabilities, so its school will train owners how to drive through desert terrain, crawl over rocks, climb the side of hills, descend inclines and run all out across the desert. All the while, they will learn how to best make use of the truck’s six terrain modes.

2017 Raptor Assault Schedule

• April 4-5

• April 10-11 w/ FPRS day upgrade

• April 16-17

• April 24-25 w/ FPRS day upgrade

• May 1-2 w/ FPRS day upgrade

• May 7-8

• May 14-15

• May 17-18

• May 21-22

• June 3-4

• June 13-14 w/ FPRS day upgrade

• July 16-17 w/ FPRS day upgrade

• July 26-27 w/ FPRS day upgrade

• August 20-21 w/ FPRS day upgrade

• September 19-20 w/ FPRS day upgrade

• September 21-22 w/ FPRS day upgrade

• October 8-9 w/ FPRS day upgrade

• October 15-16 w/ FPRS day upgrade

“We’re looking forward to the excitement, training and thrills Raptor Assault will deliver to owners of the 2017 truck,” Dan McKeever, president, Ford Performance Racing School, said. “The new Raptor is an incredible truck, and our facility is the perfect venue to demonstrate just what it can do off-road. Our instructors can help anyone take their driving expertise to the next level—whether the person is a beginner or an experienced off-roader.”

While the school is complimentary to 2017 Raptor owners, those of you who qualify will have to pay your own travel and lodging costs to get to the Utah Motorsports Campus. But, hey, they do throw in breakfast and lunch along with the great driving school. You can also opt to bring a guest and pay to spend a second day learning more driving techniques in the school Mustangs.

In our experience, the latter option is a must, so check out the schedule for dates where that option is available. For more on how to register for the 2017 Raptor Assault, check out the official web site here.

About the author

Steve Turner

As Executive Editor of FordNXT and Ford Muscle, Steve Turner brings decades of passion and knowledge to Power Automedia. He has covered the world of Ford performance for over 20 years. From the swan song of the Fox Mustang to the birth of the Coyote, Steve had a front-row seat.
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