Every year, Ford donates a specialty vehicle to be auctioned off at the Experimental Aircraft Association Gathering of Eagles for Charity. While this has historically been a Mustang, this year a very special Ford F-150 Raptor was donated.
The Lockheed Martin F22 Raptor was created in the 1980s when the Air Force needed a more advanced fighter jet. This jet went through many developments when still in production, but was known for being stealthy, maneuverable, and fast. It has been called the World’s Best Fighter, and there are rumors that the U.S. government may begin production again. For now, it has inspired the design for its land-based ally, the Ford F-150 F22 Raptor.
It starts with a supercharged 3.5L V6 engine that pushes this F-150 Raptor to a whopping 545 horsepower. Next, the team at Ford upgraded the wheels, tires, and brakes. They added carbon fiber bodywork and a custom paint-job that takes the badass appeal to the next level. Add these features to an off-road truck that’s already impressive, and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind machine.
At the EAA auction, this bad-boy sold for $300,000, all of which went to charity. The Young Eagles group that was supported is committed to supporting and encouraging youth involvement in aviation. Over the past nine years, Ford has raised over $3 million for the annual Gathering of Eagles event through the donation of other specialty vehicles.