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2021 FORD F-150 RAPTOR PRODUCTION, ORDERING NOT YET AFFECTED BY CHIP SHORTAGE

Customers Can Still Expect Punctual Deliveries At The Time Of This Writing

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor production orders pricing
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As the global semiconductor shortage ravages auto industries both foreign and domestic, eyes have turned to Ford Motor Company, which is forced to deal with production delays of its brand-new cash cow: the 2021 Ford F-150. The American automaker is no stranger to dealing with various crises circulating around its prized pickup truck – a best seller for 44 years in a row. The company has dealt with supplier fires that paused F-150 production in 2018, and went to great lengths to circumvent the problem. Then in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic paused F-150 production once again, and delayed the launch of the new F-150. And now, in 2021, the global semiconductor microchip shortage is here to challenge Ford Motor Company. However, at the time of this writing, the current crisis is but a bump in the road, and customers can still expect on-time ordering and deliveries of the industry’s latest performance truck: the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor.

“Customers will be able to place orders for 2021 F-150 Raptor within the next month and delivery timing is unchanged at this time,” Ford spokesperson Dawn McKenzie told MC&T.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor production deliveries ordering
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The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor was revealed in February 2021, highlighted by the availability of 37-inch tires, a powerful 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with a throatier exhaust, fighter-jet inspired exterior styling, and OTA capabilities.

The current timetable for production and deliveries of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is summer of this year. The truck is expected to significantly undercut the 702 horsepower Ram 1500 TRX when pricing is announced in the coming weeks. It’s not expected to feature a hybrid or electric powertrain in the future, as Ford engineers tell us that they developed “the Raptor to be Raptor.”

Later this year, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor R is expected to be revealed, which will likely match the Ram TRX more directly in terms of power, content and price. Previous reports have claimed that this range-topping performance truck will possibly overpower even the Hellcat-powered Ram TRX thanks to its 5.2L supercharged Predator V8 engine, which pushes out 755 horsepower in the S550 Ford Mustang GT500 muscle car. That’s at least until Stellantis stuffs a  797 hp Redeye V8 engine into the Ram TRX.

Others have claimed that the truck will feature a roll-cage and won’t even be street legal, but that information could have been cross-wired with something else, as Ford openly debunked this rumor.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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