Here Comes the Boom — Raptor-Style!

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We get to see a lot of eye candy from where we sit. And as you probably can imagine, not all of it is interesting, but this one looks to be something special.

We heard from our friends at Jalopnik that they had just wrapped up shooting a video with Top Gear USA, where one of the main camera support vehicles was a late-model modified Ford SVT Raptor.

Once we saw the shots of the truck and the video where it was used, we had to know more. We got in touch with Jack Damon of Square Planet Media and Damon Productions, and he sent us these photos. Of course, we're also going to take a closer look at a later date, so we'll have more when we know more.

In the meantime, Damon says the truck has a custom exterior roll cage for the massive boom arm and that it usually takes a crew of four or five inside the SuperCrew to control and manage all the technology. He says they've even taken a few jumps with the setup.

For now, take a look at these images and click here to see the Damon Productions' Raptor in action. And if you want to see the final results of the shoot in which the Raptor followed (and sometimes led) celebs and their passengers along California's famous Mulholland Drive, check out this video.

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Comments

Looks like it would be great to film a remake of Mad MaXx and The ThunderDome !

Wow - awesome find! I have to say I don't fully comprehend the choice of the Raptor (a regular old F150 probably would have done the work required at half the price) but I appreciate the effort.

Any idea how much the boom weighs? Perhaps that's why the Raptor was chosen - it's superior suspension might be able to accommodate the boom weight without being majorly effected.

@ Kyle,
My cousin has a Raptor and they drive way more smooth than your standard F150 which i am sure translates into very smooth camera shots, even off-road shots as well.

The wide stance of the Raptor helps too.

Yep they drive smoother until the frame breaks in half. ;-
)

Nice!

1) the weight of custom exterior roll cage, 2) the weight of the massive boom arm, 2) the weight of crew of four or five - rough estimate 1,000 pounds - from the video one can opine the Raptor did well.

Happy workers translates to good products 'Ford's 45,800 UAW workers received a record $8,300 in profit sharing this year, the largest amount a domestic automaker has paid out since profit sharing was introduced in 1983. They were to receive the checks Thursday.'
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2013/03/15/ford-mulally-pay-compensation/1990219/

maxx: and what do the drivers have to do to break their frames in half? when in fact they do? and what have you to say about the toyota frames that DO rust to pieces? or in fact rust enough to FAIL INSPECTION! I personaly know 3 guys near where I live, that had to have the frames on their toyotas replaced! just to pass inspection! and the Raptor frames you talk about? what happened to them? how in fact did they break? none realy, but a few did bend, after their foolish owners drove the trucks to the very extreem! I can just imagine, what would happen if they were driving a toyota, that had so much rust throughout, that it could not pass inspection! that would in fact cause them to actualy break! and not just bend!

I saw some footage of the boom in action when trying to find the Nurburgring Raptor video. It was impressive.

Why do people keep bringing up the Raptor frame issue?
Trolling?
Every vehicle has its limits.
I've seen motocross bikes taco rims, bend frames, and implode shocks.

Here is another RAPTOR BOOM! enjoy,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=ItCvTWOt2yE&feature=fvwp

@HemiV8 - you ride quads, ever flat land one of them on hard gound after a big jump?
I've seen guys blow shocks, taco rims, bend frames, end up with bilateral colle's fractures and spinal injury from over jumping. I'm talking about MX bikes and race quads.
Stupid is stupid.
The badge on the product doesn't change that.

The rule of jumping, regardless of being in the cab of a truck or in the saddle of a bike or quad, is to land on the down ramp.

Any word on that Mexican made without union labour, owned by Italians 390 ci Power Wagon that you are wanting to buy to haul your made in Japan Yamaha quads?

This is pretty cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZruohbsDHQ

@Lou, Yes, the word is i measured the bed width on a 2013 Power Wagon with Ram Box. It measured out to the smallest point @ 49". Confirming my assembled in AMERICA yfz's will fit if need be in my AMERICAN assembled in MEXICO Ram. Word is the 6.4L may be announced in September for the 2014 Heavy Duty Ram.

P.S. Thank you for your concern. If you would like to help out and send founds please go to p.o. box help me buy a new Ram found. Thank you :)

@Hemi, that would get people's attention! I kinda thought Chrysler would up the SRT engine to 426 (7.0L) at some stage. 426 Hemi, do you know how successful that would be for the SRT brand? I should take your idea and start a fund for the 2013 Cummins MegaCab Laramie I wanna buy!

@hemi, which p.o.box do I send my founds too??

@HEMI VCRAP,
STOP TROLLING TROLL! Damn, you are so good at it.

"P.S. Thank you for your concern. If you would like to help out and send founds please go to p.o. box help me buy a new Ram found. Thank you :)"


Hahahahah you broke beeeeyatch! Start collecting cans Leperchaun!

@Lou
According to Hemi V8, others on this site force him to troll.

Awww, is wittle Hemi V8 getting mad from this article about the Raptor that he has to do his best to downplay it so he can try to make more people buy Rams. Your posts used to make me mad, but now I think it is hilarious because it takes someone acting quite pathetic to do the the things you do. HEMI V8, I really feel sorry for you man, and I hope that someday you will be better than this although I will not hold my breath. Keep up the hilarious posts.

Oh, and do that Glory, Guts, Ram thing you do, that is freakin hilarious.

GUT GLORY RAM, my Ram can haul Tin Cans.

@HemiV8 - You might as well go buy a Toyota Tundra since it is Japanese and asembled in the USA since you have no problem owning Japanese assembled YZF450's.
(So much for that anti-Japanese BS you keep posting - Pearl Harbour must no longer bother you or your relatives.)

Please post the proof that Yamaha assembles stuff in the USA.

You lost me on the "American assembled in Mexico" part..............

Are illegal Americans sneeking into Mexico to built Ram trucks for the Italians?

No comment on the jumping and landing part......... or do you just park on the edge of the dunes and drink beer all day long?

Oh.... no comment on the lack of union involvement in the assembly of those Mexican trucks?

@To All, "Lord please forgive me and may God bless the Pygmies in New Guinea"

P.S. GET R DONE!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3tJmEJmGCw

@Hemi V8 - I'm still trying to figure out the "send founds" part.


@Nick, Rumor has it the F 150 will be made of tin cans real soon. Why not they already have had plastic fenders and hoods.

So what camera is it? Sony PMW-F55?

@Lou, gound after a big jump? Posted by: Lou | Mar 15, 2013 7:30:48 PM

I am still trying to figure out the gound part?

I BELIEVE IT'S GROUND!

P.S. FUND

@HemiV8 - I try to be accurate with the content of my posts, you do not!

You haven't answered any of my other questions since you are in the mood to clarify points of interest.

@Lou, I don't like it any more then you do. I wish they brought all the jobs back home (U.S.A) where they belong.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Free_Trade_Agreement

@HEMI V8 - Trolling aside, I'm concerned for your safety if you think ANY production truck can take that much air and flight time, land on the flat and drive away as if nothing?

I'd be surprised if the Raptor can take 2X the abuse of a normal 4X4 or pre-runner, but how stupid can a person be? The retread even tested the jump 3X at 10 MPH and figured he'd be fine increasing it 80 MPH???

If this is how you think, I hope you're not planning on having kids.

@Lou, Do you think your F 150 does not have parts made in MEXICO? Did you know Ford builds all there Heavy Duty trucks in MEXICO including their diesel engines? Did you know they used to build the F 150 there? Fords last F 150 Fire Recall had a MEXICO part involved?

P.S. Which vehicle manufacture does not build in MEXICO?

TOYOTA=NO

FORD=NO

G.M=NO

CHRYSLER=NO

@Toxic Sludge
One of the guys at work has a long wheel base 4 door Wrangler with the 2.8 VM in it and he loves the engine, but not so much the vehicle. He getting about 25mpg at 75mph on the highway.

I'm finding that diesel average mpg is sort of equivalent to highway driving between 75-80mph. At work we were trying to work this one out.

The diesel tech here in Australia is advancing at a rapid pace. What you buy this year is old school within a couple of years.

It interesting some of the comments on this site regarding light diesels. The funny thing is not one has ever owned one.

I'm really old as well I'm in my early 50s:) I'm not going to chip my engine, it was just something to look at on the net.

Up where I live is more isolated than Alaska and you do cruise at very high speeds.

Maybe in Germany will people drive quicker. Overtaking a road train I will generally reach well over 100mph. The diesel does it effortlessly.

Porche and the Euro super car companies do high speed testing up here. I got photos the other day of a new Porche testing with no camoflague.

@Toxic Sludge
One of the guys at work has a long wheel base 4 door Wrangler with the 2.8 VM in it and he loves the engine, but not so much the vehicle. He getting about 25mpg at 75mph on the highway.

I'm finding that diesel average mpg is sort of equivalent to highway driving between 75-80mph. At work we were trying to work this one out.

The diesel tech here in Australia is advancing at a rapid pace. What you buy this year is old school within a couple of years.

It interesting some of the comments on this site regarding light diesels. The funny thing is not one has ever owned one.

I'm really old as well I'm in my early 50s:) I'm not going to chip my engine, it was just something to look at on the net.

Up where I live is more isolated than Alaska and you do cruise at very high speeds.

Maybe in Germany will people drive quicker. Overtaking a road train I will generally reach well over 100mph. The diesel does it effortlessly.

Porche and the Euro super car companies do high speed testing up here. I got photos the other day of a new Porche testing with no camoflague.

@HemiV8 - I don't care where a product is made as long as it does the job I want it to do. I'd prefer to buy local but that doesn't apply to vehicles made by multinationals.
I bring it up because you carry on about union jobs, American made products, and your worship of Chrysler.
You own Japanese quads, and want to buy a truck built by non-union labour, in a foreign country and the company happens to be Italian owned.
If you didn't try to troll Toyota or Ford or go on about unions etc, no one would care.
Since you chose to do those things, someone will point it out.

Have their been any inconsistencies in the message I put across?
I buy what I think gives me the most features and best value for my money. Currently that means I own a Ford and a Toyota.
If I make an incorrect post, I admit to it. If I'm out of bounds, I'll apologize. I don't say one thing and do another.
It may be fun to stir up sh-t, but in the end, it just flushes one's crediblity down the crapper.

Fires - as I have pointed out, one has a 100 times greater chance of cancer than burning up due to a Ford fire.
It didn't stop me from buying my truck since it wasn't a concern for that model.
Chrysler/Dodge has had a piss poor reputation for quality in the past, do I bring it up a million times?
Do I bring up transmission problems with Chrysler everytime there is a Ram post?
Do I bring up Chrysler's two bankruptsies everytime there is a Ram post?

You had a Mustang burn to the ground, I'd normally feel some sympathy towards that fact. I don't because you keep beating a dead horse, or in your case, a dead Mustang.

@Denvermike, I already have two kids and a grandson.
You cant fix stupid. These morons thought that Ford was built Ford tough. lol ....NOT! It's a glorified Wal mart parking lot 4x4.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvLMwAImyIs

@HEMI V8 - Every jump setup is going to have different results, but the Ram jump you just showed didn't have nearly the same airspeed even if it did reach impressive altitude. Obviously it helps to land on all four and hardcore aftermarket suspensions never hurt.

Otherwise, there's plenty of "more ballz than brains" videos around involving all major brands. Usually they involve rednecks, alcohol if not injury. What does any of this have to do with the topic?

Forget the Craptor, This is what im talking about...
http://gmauthority.com/blog/2013/03/yes-that-is-a-black-gmc-sierra-3500-hd-with-a-machine-gun/

@HEMI V8 - A completely imported Ram truck is a slap in the face of Americans that have been loyal and faithful to the Dodge & Ram brands.

All Super Duty HD F-series are all built in Kentucky even if they have some foreign parts. Heavy (medium) duty F-650/750s are not considered F-series and are completely a product of Navistar, except for the cab.

@Denvermike, Doesn't ford have TURKEY made Transient vans and CHINA made transmissions in the mustang? French transmissions in the Ranger? Give me a break. You need to lay off the kool aid bro.

I do support Lou's view on buying an imported product. If the local industry can't provide an adequate competitive product then buy an imported product.

Maybe that's why Hemi V8 prefers the Mexican Ram and Japanese motor bikes.

The same for mid sizers, import overseas ones if you can't get a good local one. But you need to live in a free market economy for that.

ha ha ha HEMI V6

You say that the Raptor is crap, but not other manufacturer makes a vehicle like it for you to compare it to. No, not one. Name me one other regular production truck that YOU CAN BUY OFF THE SHOWROOM FLOOR WITH A WARRANTY that can do what the Raptor can WITHOUT MODIFICATIONS.........Go ahead, name me one... So how can you say it is crap when no one else makes anything better? Oh wait, nevermind, this is you we are talking about and anything besides a fan boy Ram is crap no matter what happens in the real world.

With enough mods, you can make a Ram, Silverado, Tundra, or even a golf cart jump dunes. Take the Ram Runner which is NOT a regular production truck. You have to first buy a Ram, and then buy $13k in modifications not including tires to make is a Ram Runner. The Ram Runner is not crap, actually it is quite bada**, but it is not a production truck and to compare it to a ready off the showroom floor Raptor is just ignorant. If you are comparing factory stock vs heavily modified, then it doesn't take someone who is smarter than a shoe lace to know the heavily modified will win, but you can also modify the Raptor too.

So, back to my original question. What other regular production truck that is ready to buy off the showroom floor with a warranty that you are comparing the Raptor to in order to say it is crap? Please humor me like you already have and do tell.

@Hemi V8
If you buy a truck made in another country who cares?

Even the great Amercian Ford Mustang uses a Chinese gearbox. It must tell everyone to keep an eye out for the Chinese especially if its used in a Mustang. Which will maybe come with a Euro 2.3 Eco Boost 4 cylinder in the future.

Parts, even for your high content vehicles come from around the globe. US manufacturered components are used around the world also.

So this American Pie stuff is really for the birds, it just doesn't exist like some would like to believe.

@Big Al, How many Power Wagon manufactures are there? Ram trucks are the only one. So if i want a Power Wagon and it is assembled in MEXICO what am i supposed to do? Me and Lou have gone around and around on this. Having a choice i would buy a union made american product. Both vehicles in my drive way are U.A.W american made.

@HEMI V8 - All D3 OEMs have their share of "globals" but, come on, full-size pickups are as All American as a they come. Born and raised. These are not globals And still the most profitable cars on the planet. Number 1, 2 and 3, actually. So it's absolutely asinine to build the outside of the US...

Aside from a few parts brought here to be assembled here, why insult loyal full-size pickup buyers with a big (100%) HECHO EN MEXICO in the door jambs???

@HEMI V8
"Doesn't ford have TURKEY made Transient vans and CHINA made transmissions in the mustang? French transmissions in the Ranger? Give me a break. You need to lay off the kool aid bro. "

You are only scratching the surface there. It appears that list is already a lot longer and will get longer in the future.

@ToxicSludge
I know a guy who goes around to the fast food joints and collects the oils and processes it to run in his diesel. It an older diesel but its costing him next nothing to run.

He has the setup in his shed and it isn't large. Quite interesting. He spends a day or so a month doing it, I think its like a hobby for him.

In the tropics around here people are using straight coconut oil to run older landcruisers on, you should be able to find out about that on the net. In colder areas the coconut oil solidifies.

@ HEMI V6

Nope, the Power Wagon even as bada** as it is, is a slow speed off-roader and not a high speed off-roader. (I would actually buy a Power Wagon the second they put a diesel in it. The Hemi just does not have enough low end power for my tastes, although it's top end is nice, just not my thing.) The Power Wagon and Jeep are two great slow speed rock crawling off-roaders though.

So..... Try again and name another regular production truck that is ready to buy off the showroom floor with a warranty that you are comparing the Raptor to in order to say it is crap?

@ToxicSludge
I know a guy who goes around to the fast food joints and collects the oils and processes it to run in his diesel. It an older diesel but its costing him next nothing to run.

He has the setup in his shed and it isn't large. Quite interesting. He spends a day or so a month doing it, I think its like a hobby for him.

In the tropics around here people are using straight coconut oil to run older landcruisers on, you should be able to find out about that on the net. In colder areas the coconut oil solidifies.

@HemiV8 - the point is............ your BS. If you want to buy a Non-union Mexican built product from an Italian company, then fill your boots. There is nothing wrong with that,

BUT

Don't go bla bla bla about American made, or foreign is bad, or non-union is bad.

You either practice what you preach, or STFU. Unless you like looking like a full of sh-t fanboi.

It doesn't get any more complex than that.

There is one positive about the duplicate posting of my comments.

You can get a read of them without 'scrolling" back to the articles they are in.

I know how to get under your skin:)

@ToxicSludge
I know a guy who goes around to the fast food joints and collects the oils and processes it to run in his diesel. It an older diesel but its costing him next nothing to run.

He has the setup in his shed and it isn't large. Quite interesting. He spends a day or so a month doing it, I think its like a hobby for him.

In the tropics around here people are using straight coconut oil to run older landcruisers on, you should be able to find out about that on the net. In colder areas the coconut oil solidifies.



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