Down and dirty: Ford will take its 2017 Raptor to the Baja 1000

What's most impressive is that the truck is nearly stock.

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So that's the reason why the new Raptor comes with a "Baja" mode.

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The Baja 1000 is one of the most difficult off-road races, so it takes a hell of a vehicle to dominate the dirt in the Baja Peninsula. After having run a nearly stock 2017 F-150 Raptor in several other off-road races this year, Ford is taking its beefy pickup to Baja.

Ford will field its 2017 Raptor in the SCORE Baja 1000's stock full competition class. The truck is nearly straight out of the factory, save for a few unique parts for racing. It's sporting a safety cage, a puncture-resistant fuel cell, racing seats and harnesses as well as revised suspension components. Otherwise, it's the same Raptor you can soon buy at a dealership.

Sliding behind the wheel for the Baja 1000 is Greg Foutz, a four-time Baja winner. With 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque at his disposal, it should be an interesting race. Previously, Ford and Foutz ran a first-generation Raptor in the 2008 Baja 1000, where it finished third in its class, taking 25.5 hours to complete the 631-mile race.

When you're on the ground at the Baja 1000, it's not uncommon to see a myriad of modified Ford vehicles running around. But there will only be one 2017 Raptor careening through the dirt -- mostly because nobody other than Ford can pick one up yet.

Despite that, our own Emme Hall went for a ride in this exact Raptor when it raced in the Best in the Desert off-road series, where it finished on the podium.

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