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Desert Proofing the Ford Raptor! [Dirt Every Day Episode 2]

On this episode of Dirt Every Day, Fred Williams up fits and outfits one of the coolest 4x4’s on the market today, the Ford Raptor. Raptors are high performance desert machines, but we found one that earns it’s owner a living each week banging around on an obscure desert compound.

The owner is hard on his equipment and we took this poor bird of prey under our wing for a week to transform it into a more vicious desert predator.

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Ford Picks Up Two Award Wins from SEMA 

Ford Focus and Ford F-Series are now back-to-back-to-back winners of Hottest vehicle awards from the Specialty Equipment Market Association. Ford’s domination of the show continues, as it collects these coveted awards at a greater pace than any other automaker. Ford has won 15 out of the 33 Hottest Vehicle awards presented by SEMA since 2010.

With its hot ST and RS performance trim levels, Focus continues to win over the aftermarket. Two years ago, it took home the final Sport Compact award. 2017 now marks two years running for Focus winning Hottest Hatch.

F-Series, the ultimate Swiss army knife of the aftermarket, is a proven favorite for customization into everything from tarmac-shredding drag racers to off-road monsters. America’s best-selling vehicle has been named Hottest Truck seven out of eight times in the award’s history.

With more than 50 vehicles on display, including a large collection of custom builds at its stand, Ford’s presence at SEMA remains the largest of any automaker. This is the seventh year for the Ford Out Front performance demonstration track, a lead attraction of the 2017 show.

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What a difference 43 years makes Alternating images of Ford F-150, 1975 and Ford F-150 2018MY. The F-150 has been the US’s best-selling truck for 33 consecutive years and its best-selling vehicle for 28 years. Ford sold more than 820,000 F-series trucks in 2016. The Ford F series dates back to 1948 but the F-150 debuted in 1975, the extended cab version, dubbed “super cab”, was introduced the year before. The 2018 refresh sees the availability of a diesel engine for the first time.