This custom-built Ford Raptor Trophy Truck is built to take on the Baja.
We already know that the Ford Raptor is the fastest pickup there is, so it makes sense that it would serve as the basis for a new Trophy Truck from Los Angeles Dodgers owner Bobby Patton. Apparently, Patton’s lust for sports doesn’t end with baseball--he wants to get into the automotive sports too.
And it doesn’t get more rugged and cut-throat that in Trophy Truck racing. These things are designed for the desert, and in the case of this particular truck, specifically the Baja 1000.
Called the “Fastball”, this Trophy Truck is built by the great minds and hands over at Jimco Racing Inc. The frame is a Ford Raptor, but under the hood is the engine from a Chevy Corvette: a 6.2-L LS3 crate engine. Jimco doesn’t disclose on their site just how many horses this engine produces, but most Trophy Trucks produce between 800 and 900 horsepower.
As you can imagine, the suspension is incredibly important for a truck that’s jumping over desert dunes all the time, and the Fastball has it in spades. Fox racing shocks are on all four corners, with 26-inches of travel in the front and 32-inches of travel in the rear. Each wheel is a 17-inch beadlock wrapped in 40-inch BFGoodrich KR3 tires.
Inside the stripped-out interior is all the things that a desert racer will need. That includes a GPS, Kenwood 50-watt radio, and a PCI intercom system. A full impact harness with window nets and an integrated roll cage built into the truck’s frame give the driver as much safety as they can get in truck racing.
Fitting with the team’s owner, the exterior is done up in homage to the LA Dodgers--blue paint with white lettering in the same style as the baseball team.
So far the truck has seen action in the San Felipe 250 where it placed 20th in its class. Patton is hoping that Fastball will go on to a better performance in future races once the team has gotten used to their new ride.