Live Chat with Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Engineer

Gene Martindale grew up in a small town in Indiana, tinkering with tractors on the family farm. These days the vehicles he works on go a whole lot faster. In fact, the SVT development engineer and lead test driver is a car fanatic who lives and breathes racing. It should be no surprise then that he played a key role in developing the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, a high-speed off-road performance truck destined to take desert pre-running by storm.

Gene not only developed the truck, he also was a driver on the team that raced the F-150 SVT Raptor R – the racing version of the production truck – at the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 last year.

Join Gene here at 2:00 p.m. EST on April 16, 2010, for a live chat.

“Raptor proved it could handle whatever the Baja 1000 threw at us,” he said. “This was one of the defining moments in my career – driving a truck I had spent so much time on, in such an unbelievable race.”

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chaxu hi is it possible to sell the raptor here in the philippines???do you have any idea how much is it worth here???
4 year(s) ago via
Bob Don't hold your breath as the El Camino was cancelled last year. Maybe you should move to Australia. Lol
4 year(s) ago via
kenny jones who wouldnt
4 year(s) ago via
scott Just wish they could engineer it so it could be a crew cab
4 year(s) ago via
joe bagwell I would settle for a roush ranger
4 year(s) ago via
dave are there trans upgrades comming for the 5.4?
4 year(s) ago via
Tim Bingo! Ranger Raptor I would be in heaven, put the 3.7 under the hood, again a crew cab that will fit into a garage were do i sign.
4 year(s) ago via
Gary I'd never own one but that's one sweet truck. That's the Veyron of trucks.... Truly! Now, I hope you're under the radar redesigning the Ranger.... and a Ranger Raptor....
4 year(s) ago via
Sherry Rose The Raptor is such an amazing truck. I am absolutely in LOVE with mine and I hate when I have to park it and get out. It is so sexy looking, beyond capable and people can not help but stare when they see it coming down the road.
4 year(s) ago via
Daniel Chisnall Cool truck. Keep up the great design work. If you design stuff people want ford will be in business forever.
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