When the Ram 1500 TRX made its debut a few months back, off-roading fans were quick to concede the Ford F-150 Raptor’s position atop the segment. And while the outgoing truck may not have been an equal match for the Hellcat-powered offering from FCA, the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor marks a new chapter for The Blue Oval’s Baja-inspired truck. Thanks to a new suspension setup, loads of new tech, and room for 37-inch tires from the factory, this new pickup is poised to remind everyone why Ford dominated the segment for over a decade. Thanks to an Instagram post made by Raptor World, we now have our first look at this truck sticking a massive jump.
The clip uploaded to Instagram appears to contain footage taken while Ford was filming their Metallica-laiden debut video for the off-roader. It starts with a new 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor approaching what we’d describe as a natural sand ramp, before the truck absolutely launches to the moon. Seriously though, the nose of the Ford has to be over 10 feet high at the top of its ascent. As the weight of the 3.5L EcoBoost engine rocks forward, the truck levels out and lands without any drama. According to the post, this was just one of eight jumps that Ford completed that day. The truck used for filming didn’t seem to mind at all, as it drove away at the end of the shoot unharmed. Pretty impressive stuff.
We know that many of you are already thinking about a particularly famous Ram 1500 TRX and its jump-related antics. While this is a natural connection to make, there are a few key differences as to why these jumps are not equal. For starters, the Ford’s landing zone was not only sand, but it was also on higher ground than the ramp. This was not the case for the ill-fated TRX, which landed in a field opposite a creek. This error in picking a landing zone is what allowed the TRX to obstencillay nose dive into the earth, totaling the pickup in one foul swoop. It’s clear that one of these camera crews is far more experienced in this type of off-road shenanigans.
The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor may not be as powerful as its competition from Ram, but it appears to be a tough machine nonetheless. We’d expect nothing less from Ford’s premier half-ton, especially now that folks are questioning its greatness. When the Raptor R makes its official debut next year, it’s clear that Ram will have a real fight on their hands. Until that happens however, it appears that Ford still dominates when it comes to absolutely sending it with reckless abandon. Point, F-150 Raptor.