The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is a ridiculously capable truck, no doubt. Massive engine, sick suspension, all kinds of technology and an overall bad to the bone styling package make you think twice about messing with this rig. But we got to thinking at Ford Country…how would it fare in a head to head matchup with an actual Velociraptor dinosaur? You know, the terrifying one with the razor-sharp claws and voracious appetite for little kids from the movies?
For starters, let’s go to the “tale of the tape” and see how these two apex predators measure up…
The Ford Raptor weighs in at some 5,500 pounds of off-roading monster machine, which is tons more than the Raptor dinosaur’s slight frame. Advantage: Ford Raptor. But wait, not so fast. Maybe we overlooked something. Come to think of it, did you ever see a lone velociraptor chasing those poor amusement park guests in the movies? Nope, they always hunt in packs. So let’s just imagine for a second this fight would be more of a rumble, with the dino bringing his entire posse. If that’s how these guys roll, and scientists tend to agree on this, then the Ford Raptor’s curb weight might actually slow it down a step. We’re guessing its massive power and off-road supremacy will more than make up for it though. What about length?
Turns out despite its terrifying demeanor and reputation for destruction, the Raptor dino was only about 6-feet long according to archeologists. So again, size-wise it doesn’t seem to be a fair contest against a beast like the nearly 20-foot long F-150 Raptor. Of course, you’ve got to consider once again the agility of the velociraptors in close quarters. What if, and anyone who’s ever been stuck in rush hour spaghetti bowl traffic is nodding along here, the Ford Raptor is slowed or even stopped by bumper-to-bumper congestion. Well then, that gives a pack of velociraptors a shot to surround the truck and take a few bites. To avoid becoming lunch you’ll want to keep an eye on the rear-view camera and the blind spot information system. Oh, and be sure to keep that optional moon roof shut!
OK, so physically, a one-on-one wouldn’t be much of a fair fight. But let’s talk strategy. The obvious play for the Ford Raptor would be to straight up run over the velociraptor. With a foot of ground clearance and those mud-stompin’ tires it’s a good first thought. But this could get tricky if the sneaky little critters start jumping around and surrounding the truck like some Jurassic street gang. The velociraptor’s strategy for hunting was definitely a pack mentality, with various “scouts” alternately probing the prey’s defenses while the others surrounded the unlucky meal. So we’d imagine a couple of the dinos in the bed of the Raptor while their wingmen tried to sink their nearly foot-long retractable claws into the crew cab and make passenger-kabobs. If we found ourselves surrounded by bloodthirsty predatory dinosaurs we’d probably just put the FOX Racing Shox and Terrain Management System to work trying to flatten as many as possible before burning out down the prehistoric road. Which brings us to the question of speed: who wins in a straight up race?
The Ford Raptor motor is already legendary for high performance, power, quickness and just overall beast factor. With a sleek aluminum block housing its high-output, twin-turbo 3.5L V6 EcoBoost powerplant, the Raptor generates a massive 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque. That’s some giddy-up for sure, but is it velociraptor-evading giddy-up? Scientists once believed these uber-lizards could actually fly, which would certainly make this fight more interesting. But alas, recent research proves they were pretty much earthbound despite having feathers. Which brings us to speed, the velociraptor’s second most effective predatory behavior. (We’ll get to #1 in a minute…spoiler alert, it’s claws and teeth!) According to studies, a pack of hunting raptors could reach speeds of over 40 mph. in short bursts. Gulp. So, although the Ford Raptor motor wins the top-speed argument, that burst speed has us thinking this is a closer call.
Things get really interesting if Raptor v. Raptor turns into a slugfest. And we’re hoping you like the Ford Raptor interior because that’s where you’d be advised to hang out when things get crazy. The velociraptor attack will test the Ford Raptor in every way possible. For starters, scientists estimate the velociraptor could jump as high as 10 feet into the air. Which, even with the high-output, off-road FOX Racing Shox package, makes the Ford Raptor a sitting duck from above. Like we said earlier, keep that moon roof locked! Giant, sickle-shaped retractable claws on each of the velociraptor’s hind feet were supposedly used to hook and eviscerate prey. Here’s hoping the Ford Raptor’s high-strength, military grade aluminum body holds up under that kind of onslaught. And finally, the dino’s 28 razor-sharp, serrated teeth will be wreaking havoc on the Ford’s aggressively styled exterior and grille. Advantage: Velociraptor
Meanwhile, anyone with half a brain would be buckled in tight to the Ford Raptor’s interior cabin. Counter to the mayhem transpiring outside, the Raptor’s cockpit would provide comfort in the form of 10-position, leather and suede appointed seats, an optional 8-inch digital productivity display and premium audio options. Plus, on the odd event you happen to capture one of the velociraptors you could use the Pro-Trailer Backup Assist to haul it around to show your buddies. (On second thought, stay in the cab. It’s always the sucker who leaves the cabin who gets picked off first in the movies, right?)
Advantage: Highly evolved human engineers who know how to dinosaur-proof a truck!
So in the end we’ve got a much closer fight than meets the eye. A super badass monster truck that’s pretty much indestructible vs a dinosaur that comes naturally weaponized and highly unpredictable:
Why the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor would win:
Why the Actual Raptor Dinosaur would win:
We’re going to give a slight edge to the Ford Raptor for sheer power and size (and surely adrenaline-pumped driver!) but it’s closer than we thought. One thing’s for sure, if we ever find ourselves invited to a re-animated dinosaur theme-park for a tour, we’re riding in the Ford F-150 Raptor and not some convertible like in the movies. Which reminds us, we’ve got more than few tough-as-an-actual-raptor 2017 Ford Raptors for sale at Ford Country right now. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, we don’t have any velociraptors running around the lot. At least last time we checked!