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.