A salesman took an already-sold Raptor for a joyride that ended with it wrecked.
Deliveries for the latest generation Ford Ranger Raptor have begun and the performance bakkie is already flying off the shelves. Unfortunately, one model has already met its final fate after a salesman’s joyride ended with the Raptor resting on its roof. Accompanied by an asking price of roughly R1,1 million, the latest generation Raptor is hard to come by, given the delays caused by global shortages.
Powered by a 3,0-litre turbocharged V6, the new Ford Ranger Raptor offers more power and a greater number of creature comforts that trumps offerings from its competitors, but despite all that, it does offer to the driver, skill and professionalism are not in its list of offerings. Unfortunately, the untimely demise of this wonderfully specced Raptor resulted in a crushed bonnet, destroyed windscreen, ruined roof, dented fenders, and likely a slew of other damages that aren’t afforded to us through the handful of photos and videos seen here.
A video forwarded to CAR Magazine showcases the reckless and negligent behaviour that resulted in the totalling of Ford’s range-topper bakkie. Seemingly attempting to slide the bakkie across an unkempt field, the right transfer from left to right —which occurred at a speed of roughly 50km/h— proved too much for the Raptor to handle despite it being supported by more than capable FOX suspension components such as live dampeners and FOX’s next-generation 2,5-inch Live Valve Internal Bypass shock absorbers. The Raptor’s core is designed for rough off-road conditions with components such as the C-pillars, load box, shock towers, and rear shock brackets have all been developed with demanding off-road driving in mind.
The latest Ranger Raptor model is no slouch when it comes to off-road capability or safety either. The Blue Oval bakkie is supported by an advanced permanent four-wheel-drive system mated to a new electronically controlled two-speed transfer case. Alongside hardware elements are a slew of Ford’s best and most advanced driver assistance features to date.
CAR Magazine has been told that the owner was only made aware of the bakkie’s condition after calling in to announce that he would be collecting it. Watch the video down below to find out what not to do when driving someone else’s million-rand bakkie.