buying The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor’s Easter Eggs Cracked Open, Unscrambled
What Was the Last New Car You Could Buy With Under 50 Horsepower?
Quick, what's the latest U.S.-market new car with fewer than 50 underfed ponies under the hood? © Ford Motor Company 1934 Ford Brochure 50 horsepower isn't much, even when you discount advertising hype and the gross-versus-net differences of the pre-early-1970s era. The original Ford flathead V8s of the 1930s made 60 to 95 horsepower, and even the punitively underpowered four-cylinder Chevy Novas of the late 1960s had 90 hp (which, in all likelihood, would be rated at something like 65 hp if measured by modern-day methods). The hilariously slow black-bumper MGBs of the late 1970s had 62.
Childhood is full of scavenger hunts, and car enthusiasts never really grow up all the way, so automakers love to add little details in their products for the kid in all of us to find over the course of ownership. These are usually reserved for a brand's most special lifestyle products, which makes thea ripe target for including cheeky nods to its namesake and heritage.
Here are the four hidden Easter Eggs to be found on the third-generation high-performance pickup truck.
A Link to the F-22 Raptor
This isEaster Egg Ford included on the truck. Anyone with a QR reader on their smartphone can walk up to the rear fender and scan the code located on the "FP GN03" decal for a link to Ford Performance's website. This sticker and the surrounding are inspired by the F-22 Raptor fighter jet, the plane that inspired the design for the whole truck. Who needs bookmarks anyway?
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The Road to Baja
Ford added this Raptor Easter Egg as a nod to. This one isn't exactly hidden; it's pretty obvious that there's a gigantic map on the truck's rear flank. However, only those in the know will recognize that the point-to-point route and terrain contour lines belong to the
American Flags for Every Truck
, hidden on either side of the dashboard on the outside of the vent trim (visible only when the front doors are open), intended to honor the brand's "Built for America" commitment. Regular F-150 trucks feature silver flags, but here they're covered with the Raptor's signature "Code Orange" paint. Not terribly inconspicuous, but cool nonetheless.
Barrett-Jackson CEO Auctioning His Own Mustang Shelby GT350
It'll go under the hammer in March this year. A group of 1960s Shelby vehicles will be auctioned during the WestWorld of Scottsdale auction in March 2021. Among the highly desirable muscle cars will be a perfectly restored 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 owned by Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson. It is being described as one of the best examples of the first model year GT350 in the world. “I believe this is simply the best 1965 Shelby GT350 on the planet, and the car has an incredible pedigree,” Jackson explains.
More Raptor Badges
is one of the perks of owning one such truck, and Ford perpetuates this by slapping giant Raptor badging all the pickups. In order to maximize the number of Raptor logos—or because they ran out of other locations—Ford's designers hid some inside the headlight housing, underneath the orange F-shaped lighting motif. (You can spot it in the image above, located just under the lower of the two stacked headlight elements.) Of all the Easter Eggs on this list, this is the worthiest of the name as it's actually hard to spot unless one is standing close.
We wouldn't be surprised if Ford has stashed some other clever stuff away around theRaptor's bodywork and interior, but that's all we've got for now.
Those hoping for even more Easter Egg hunting will have to wait for the debut of.
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