Sources Say U.S. Border Patrol Considering Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

Sources Say U.S. Border Patrol Considering Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

While the U.S. Department of Energy is funding research into advanced electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Border Patrol needs something a little more robust to meet its needs -- like, say, the all-new 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.

Multiple sources tell PickupTrucks.com that the Customs and Border Protection division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seriously considering purchasing at least 10 of the long-travel-suspension off-road pickups for use helping catch suspicious characters illegally entering the country. The truck's high-performance Fox Racing shocks were tuned in the deserts of Southern California and Mexico to soak up and conquer the toughest dirt trails and terrain.

There's one snag: We hear the Border Patrol is asking Ford to outfit its Raptors with work-truck interiors instead of the standard high-end trim. If that can happen, we might just see the F-150 that was born in Baja protecting this side of the fence.

Comments

Well. That is bass ackward. A civilian spec vehicle going for military purpose. This actually makes sense and I think it is a good idea. Heck offer a more base model in the low to mid 30s and they could sell even more. Or even better offer suspension seats as an option. What do you think Mike?

@Brian: I agree with the idea of a base model (SVT Raptor XL?) but I don't think it needs suspension seats. From the ride along I did last year at SEMA, the Fox Shocks have excellent compression and rebound rates that really cut down on passenger fatigue.

Okay...Mike was that you in the back on the Raptor film that was airing on SPEEDTV? I watched quite a bit of it and did not realize it was on or would have watched all of it. Any info on the 6.2 that shows up on Fords sight as too power ratings? Is that the 6.2 in that Raptor? They are showing the option price of $3k.

@Brian: Nope, that wasn't me in the back of the Raptor R during the Baja 1000. I had the honor of sitting in its third seat during the Terrible's 250 at Primm.

6.2-L V-8 is expected to be rated at approximately 400-hp / 400 lbs-ft.

One word: AWESOME!

What a job...but wouldn't be wiser to have an 4x4 truck on this duty?

BRONCO!! A shortened Raptor platform would be perfect for a 2 door sport utility "BRONCO".

For many years thru the 1980s and 1990s,border patrol were big users of the Ford Bronco.Bronco ended for 1996,but I bet many are still in use today.

The Raptor protecting our borders is just what the doctor ordered. Go Ford!

Great plan US Border Patrol and Ford.
I think Ford should do a civilian work version called the Rancher.
That would be my next Ford truck.

one word: gay

Those people run that fast that you need a souped up pick up to catch them?

Wow!

For some slow (wink-wink-nudge-nudge) coyotes out there: if you give me a ten-mile head start, I bet it will be a long time before you could even catch up to me...

I might have to get a career working for Border Patrol. Free Raptor and free fuel, and an excuse to go racing through the desert :-)

Alex, you might get your wish of working for the Border Patrol. I'm sure they're hiring.

As a US Border Patrol Agent, I'd be more than happy to see the Raptor in action. We *unfortunately* don't have any more Broncos, but we do utilize some older Rubicons, new 4-door Wranglers, and 08 and 09 model F-250 turbo diesels, Tahoes and Suburbans, Dodge 2500 turbo diesels, and Chevy 2500s.

Sorry to hear Border Patrol put the last of its Broncos out to pasture.I do know that Boston PD and some other major cities still have Bronco police vehicles in action.
I had heard when Border Patrol was replacing Bronco,they went with Explorers,and they had massive failures of the rack and pinion units (not too great for off road use),but as Ford had already dumped Bronco (1996) they had to keep them (Bronco) as long as possible.

Ford has the parts bin to create a new Bronco (a Raptor Bronco???),start with an Expedition,remove the 2 back doors,shorten the wheelbase,use F150 engines,take the F-Super Duty axles and change the front over to coil springs.They would have to create nothing new (just chop the frame and body down,and add coil spring mounts/radius arms to the front axle),and they would have a market all to themselves.A 2 door Yukon? Gone. A 2-door RamCharger? Long gone. Only the Wranger would be anywhere close,but its too small to be in the same class.

Well the truck looks nice but the BP is sticking to CHEVY TAHOES. Truck is small Plus the Raptor truck needs to be updated with the new DHS marking and not the old graphics from 911. Good Luck hope you make some money....

I think that it is great idea! I have seen vehicles from the Border Patrol's fleet that are out of commission because of the harsh terrain these trucks are driven in. A Ford F-150 S.V.T. Raptor stands a better chance to survive the abuse without having to be put out of service, on a regular basis, due to steering/suspension component breakage.



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