With the form handled, Theresa switched her focus to function. Long time Lead Tech Luis Figeroua at Custom Truck Shop was enlisted to bolt on the very best Raptor suspension components from Icon Vehicle Dynamics. As the official pace truck of the Lucas Oil Regional Off-Road Racing Series, Theresa is happy to report her Raptor handles the dirt track course's jumps and high-speed turns with ease. After minor trimming, the F-150 was able to clear 37-inch Toyo Mud Terrain tires wrapped around 20-inch BMF M-80 wheels with modified Raceline beadlocks. Smoking those 37-inch muds is a 6.2L boosted to well over 630 flywheel horsepower via a 2.9L Whipple supercharger. Exhaust is routed through a CGS Motorsports after-cat system, and Whipple handled the custom ECU tune. Out of the hole in loose sand, packed dirt, and pavement, we haven't seen a faster Raptor (to see a side-by-side drag racing video down in Mexico, check out www.truckinweb.com and search "Mexico").

Inside the Raptor's SuperCrew doors, the theme of form meeting function was once again paramount. Rogelio's Auto Upholstery in Baldwin Park, California, took care of wrapping the seats in a textured grey vinyl with brushed aluminum border featuring silver grommets. The look perfectly matches the rough and rugged grey exterior yet isn't over-the-top enough to make Theresa feel bad for hopping into the truck after a long day of off-roading. L&G and the Custom Truck Shop fabricated and painted custom door panel inserts, smoothed and painted many of the interior plastics, and Theresa airbrushed the Raptor logo on the passenger-side dash. SSV Works in Agoura Hills, California, installed a Pioneer head unit, Scosche EFX components in each door, and built a box under the rear seat housing two Scosche EFX amps and a 10-inch Realm sub. Leaving no stone unturned, Theresa custom painted the hidden enclosure to match the rest of the Raptor.

For our photo shoot, Theresa drove the Raptor from Southern California to Cabo San Lucas. Getting there several hours faster than the GPS indicated, she then proceeded to jump it, flog it, and then turn around and drive it back—all without incident. As an everyday driver, this Baja-ready Raptor can kick up a trail of dust at a moment's notice. She was quick to thank her team at L&G, the Custom Truck Shop, her family, Whipple, Street Scene, Toyo, CGS, and PPG for the support.


Inside the Build

Year Make Model: 2011 Ford SVT Raptor
Owner and City/State: Theresa Contreras • San Dimas, California

Engine:
Type: 6.2L SOHC V-8
Induction: Whipple 2.9L supercharger, 172mm Crusher throttle body, high-flow filter
Exhaust: CGS Motorsports after-cat
Fuel System: High-flow 63-pound injectors
Engine Management: Whipple Superchargers ECU tune
Output: 508 rwhp and 492 lb-ft
Built by: Whipple Superchargers

Drivetrain:
Transmission: SelectShift six-speed Auto
Rearend: Electronic locker with 4.10 gears

Chassis:
Front suspension: Icon Vehicle Dynamics Stage 3 2-inch lift kit, with new Uniball upper A-arms, 3.0 remote-reservoir coilover
Rear suspension: Atlas leaf springs, Icon Vehicle Dynamics 3.0 PiggyBack reservoir bypass shock
Brakes: Factory Raptor

Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 20x9 BMF M-80 Stealth finish with custom-machined Raceline beadlocks
Tires: 37x13.50R20 Toyo Open Country M/T