|SA-Dakar 2011: FAB School Ford SVT Raptor with first American Female driver.|
In a few weeks, the US-American automotive journalist Sue Mead will be the first American female Driver in the Dakar Rally. Mead will join professional off-road racer Darren Skilton - and will start with a Ford SVT Raptor. The car was prepared by the Fab School, a private occupational/vocational trade school in California.
The Fab School Raptor is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine, which generates 411 horsepower, 434 pound-feet of torque and with six-speed automatics. The car itself was sponsored by Ford USA.
"My first choice of a vehicle to drive was the Ford Raptor" said Sue Mead. "I’m so amazed at the high-quality work of the Fab School team. And with Darren having completed in the Dakar a number of times, I have the utmost confidence in him and our goal to finish. The combination is a dream come true."
Darren Skilton, an experienced Dakar driver, said: "I was at first concerned about the weight overpowering the suspension in the really rough sections. Ford did their homework and the Raptor is quite possibly the best 'stock' out of the box racers I have driven. It is surprisingly nimble while remaining solid in overall feel. It does everything you ask it to do."
2010/12/01 | 21:32 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS | SOURCE: TRUCKTREND.COM