Raptor Assault is like nothing else
But then there's Raptor Assault. While you start your day in the classroom, the Raptor Assault program is like no other automaker's performance driving school on the planet, which makes sense since the Raptor is like no other production vehicle on the planet.
Once you leave the classroom, you get a quick truck walk-around to learn about the vehicle, then you really get to see what it can do and how it performs.
Onsite at the Utah Motorsports Campus, the driving starts with some hill climbing to get used to being at extreme angles, whether that's looking out of the windshield at nothing but blue sky as you climb straight up, or feeling like you're going to tip over as the truck crawls a wall sideways at a 30-degree tilt.
Next, it's time to head offsite to blast through some trails...quickly. This exercise features elevation change, twists, turns, fine dust, and some massive water puddles to blast through.
All of this is so you can experience the true capabilities of the Raptor in a safe, controlled environment with qualified instructors to monitor you. You'll be glad it's not actually your Raptor should the worst happen, and you'll be happy that you don't have to clean off all the dirt at the end of the day.
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What it is and what it isn't
If this sounds like a lot more than you remember from your first trip to Ford Performance Racing School five years ago, you aren't wrong. The entire thing was started with the revival of the Boss 302 Mustang in 2013, and it proved to be so popular with customers, Ford expanded the program to its latest performance vehicles. The last-generation Raptor didn't have a place in all this as it went out of production in 2013, before much of this was off the ground.
Skip Barber offers a performance driving school that is purely about learning to be a better driver. These performance driving courses that come with a Ford Performance vehicle are about learning what your vehicle is truly capable of in a safe, controlled environment and fueling your passion for more Ford products. Of course, you're likely to become a better driver as a side benefit.
"This isn't a competition racing class," Jim Owens, Ford Performance consumer marketing manager, told us. "It's not a classroom where you're learning to get your competition license. It's an experience to fuel your passion."
The new Raptor is truly one-of-a-kind, and so is its specific performance school. It's an experience like no other, but be sure to wear shoes that can get dirty.