UK roads are notoriously known for being poorly maintained, with highways in worse condition than what you’d find in countries like Namibia and Ecuador. While some may see this as a flat tire just waiting to happen, AutoCar saw it as an opportunity to pit the Ford F-150 Raptor against Cotswold village roads.
A challenge for any large vehicle, let alone a 2500kg pickup trying to maneuver itself on ancient cobblestone streets and narrow British B-roads.
Sporting 3.0” FOX Racing Shox with custom internal bypass technology and variable damping rates, one would expect the pickup to provide exceptional off-road performance and a smooth ride on paved roads. Unfortunately, every time editor Dan Prosser rolled over “rough section of asphalt or through a pothole, the entire structure around you shudders and shakes and the rear suspension creaks and groans.” Perhaps UK roads are too much to handle, even for the likes of the F-150 Raptor.
On a brighter note, the Raptor does give him a sense of impunity in town because it doesn’t matter if the truck rolls over a kerb while making that tight turn. What’s more, he started to realize that the pickup can easily drive over grass, bushes, or whatever happens to be in your way. It grants drivers the freedom to plot their own course, within reason, as “though the roads themselves are merely advisory.”
The Ford F-150 Raptor may be too silly for UK roads, but in the wise words of Prosser; “we could all do with a little more silliness in our lives.”