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Inspired by the U.S. Air Force Fighter Jet of the same name, the Ford F-22 F-150 Raptor is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that helped raise money for youth interested in aviation. Ford built the truck to be auctioned off at the Experimental Aircraft Association Gathering of Eagles. The sale raised $300,000 for the Young Eagle group, which is dedicated to helping children develop a love of aviation. Although you can’t buy the F-22 Raptor, Chapman Ford has a wide selection of the popular off-road truck. Stop in today for a test drive.

Takes the Ultimate High-Performance Truck Higher

The Ford F-150 Raptor is already the ultimate high-performance truck for people serious about their off-roading adventures. Ford kicked the F-22 version up a notch, inserting an intercooled and high-output 3.5L EcoBoost Twin Turbo engine that generates 545 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque. “Our job – both in the air and on the ground – is to intimidate the competition,” said Melvin Betancourt, Ford design manager. “Few things are as streamlined, as gloriously intimidating as the shape, metallic color and sinister speed a fighter jet represents. The simple, extreme functionality of the cockpit alone proved inspiring, prompting the team to create matte finishes, purposeful gauges, controls for ready proximity and dramatic LED lighting for the instrument panel.” The F-22 Raptor had many other innovations, including racing shocks and custom forged beadlock wheels, a 1.3 million candela off-road lighting system, 1,500-watt audio surround sound and carbon fiber fender flares with fender and hood vents to help keep the engine cool.

Raptor Ready for Your Off-road Trip

Although the F-22 Raptor was built for one lucky person, you can still get your hands on the most capable off-road truck on the planet by visiting Chapman Ford in Scottsdale. The Ford Raptor recently completed the SCORE Baja 1000 grueling off-road race in almost stock version. With a 450 horsepower 3.5L EcoBoost engine providing the power, a torque on demand transfer case distributing that power, and an off-road suspension system built with premium parts, the Raptor can take anything you want to put in its way.

Raptor is ‘Big, Bad and Bold’

Car and Driver Magazine took the Ford F-150 Raptor on what turned into a 40,000-mile test drive. The end result? They call it “big, bad and bold.”  They wrote that for all its off-road prowess, and there’s plenty of that, the Raptor is still perfect for hauling large loads or taking the kids to school. It features a sophisticated cabin with leather seats that have big bolsters to hold you in place when the trail gets a little dicey. The use of premium materials and loads of technology keep you comfortable while the terrain gets out of control. The only way to truly experience a Raptor is to take one for a test drive. The friendly folks at Chapman Ford are ready and waiting to help you do just that.

While the growl of the mighty V8 in the new Ford Mustang GT is music to a car enthusiast’s ear, it can make the neighbors a bit testy, especially when you wake them from a sound sleep. That’s why Ford engineers developed a “quiet exhaust” mode for the 2018 Mustang, allowing drivers to tone down the noise until they get out on the open road. “I love the sound of the V8, but it can be loud and you can’t annoy people like that in your neighborhood,” said Ford engineer Steve von Foerster. “It sounds so cool, but I thought, ‘There has to be a way to give people more control over the engine’s sound.’” That thought came after a neighbor called the police on von Foerster, who avoided a ticket but started a discussion with fellow engineers. The result is a noise deadening system that keeps everyone happy. You’ll be able to test drive the 2018 Mustang soon at Chapman Ford in Scottsdale.

Programmable Noise Levels

The new Ford Mustang’s “Quiet Start” option features controls mounted on the steering wheel that allows drivers to select “quiet times” to start their vehicle. The Mustang will automatically deaden the noise upon startup at those times, allowing you to keep peace with the neighbors. It’s all part of the active valve performance system available on the new Mustang GT. It also allows different volumes for the exhaust system based on Track, Sport and Normal modes. “Active valve performance exhaust gives Mustang owners the best of both worlds – that classic Mustang sound, and the ability to not wake up your neighbors when you leave the house early in the morning or arrive home late at night,” according to Ford engineer Matt Flis.

Only One of Many Changes

The active valve performance exhaust feature is only one of many new changes coming when the new Ford Mustang arrives at Chapman Ford this fall. Along with a new design on both the exterior and interior, the new Mustang will offer a 10-speed automatic transmission, MagneRide automatic damping to improve handling and a totally digital 12-inch instrument cluster that will personalize how you receive vehicle information. Drag Strip mode is a new innovation that allows the new Mustang GT to go from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds, faster than sports cars costing tens of thousands of dollars more. With the new Mustang, you can do that more quietly than ever before. “When sounds get up into the upper 70-decibel range, that’s typically about when they start to bother people,” according to Flis. “With quiet start activated, the decibel level of the new Mustang GT drops about 10 decibels.”