Easter eggs aren’t only big this holiday weekend, but a growing trend in the automotive industry. It seems every new enthusiast vehicle needs to have some hidden details that connect to its heritage, poke fun at the competition, or reference the vehicle’s intentions. So its no surprise one of this year’s most exciting off-road enthusiast vehicles, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor, has plenty of Easter eggs dotted around the vehicle. These clever touches aren’t super obvious, but Ford showed us what they mean and where to spot them, so here’s how you can too.
While the 2021 Ram TRX is leaning into its dinosaur-inspired name, its clear Ford isn’t thinking so prehistoric with the new F-150 Raptor. It’s name comes not from the dinos or birds of prey that they evolved into, but the F-22 Raptor fighter jet. And that’s exactly why some of its Easter eggs are a clear reference to this plane.
The optional Ford F-150 Raptor Graphics package gives a rad diamond pattern over the rear wheel arch, accentuating the flare, and gradually dissipating into the body work. Ford says the gradient design mimics the plane’s trail, while the diamonds themselves are shaped like the F-22 Raptor’s exhaust nozzle. The hood has a similar graphic, too. There’s also a “FP” logo with a QR code hidden in the corner. Scan it, and you’ll be taken to the Ford Performance Website.
But if you go for the optional Raptor 37 package, which gives those huge 37 inch tires, you get a completely different graphic. It has an off-road map of the legendary Baja 1000 race, whose terrain is at the heart of Raptor capability. It even shows the relative topography of the route, which runs between Ensenada and La Paz, Mexico.
Ford is also highlighting their American heritage in the design. As with all 2021 Ford F-150 models, the Raptor features a small American flag in either front door opening by the side air vent. With the Raptor Graphics package, there’s another flag on the rear fender.
Finally, Ford is putting many Raptor badges around the vehicle, because the massive flared fenders, Raptor grille and enormous 35 or 37 inch off-road tires obviously aren’t enough to show this isn’t your regular F-150. But there’s another hidden in the headlights, which Ford says signifies the attention to detail their customers expect from a Raptor product.
The new 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor was already a pretty rad looking truck, but it’s even cooler now that we know about all of the clever hidden Easter eggs.