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Ford has released yet another teaser of its 2025 Dakar Rally Raptor

It has also been confirmed that Carlos Sainz and Nani Roma will captain the four-driver team

Published: 10 May 2024

Ford has released new images of the Raptor rally raid car that it hopes will claim outright victory at the 2025 Dakar Rally, and while we're still denied a proper look at the final thing, the team has at least confirmed that four-time winner Carlos Sainz Sr will be joined by Nani Roma as part of the four-driver lineup. 

Details on the Raptor-branded truck remain scarce for now, but we do know that it's being built by Ford's long-time WRC partners M-Sport. Will it use the 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6? That's used in the standard, road-going F-150 Raptor and in the long-serving Raptor T1+, which this car will be replacing.

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In the T1+, that engine produced 402bhp and 442lb ft of torque due to the strict regulations imposed by the FIA. But hang on, wouldn't it be great if Ford deployed the 5.2-litre supercharged V8 from the F-150 Raptor R?

Anyway, one advantage Ford will have over the competition is that it’s managed to draft in rally legend Carlos Sainz, who helped Audi secure its first-ever Dakar success in 2024. Not a terrible transfer window for Ford then, particularly since Sainz will be joined by experienced fellow Spaniard Nani Roma - one of only three people to ever win the Dakar on both two and four wheels. 

"I’m very excited by this new project, to work with Ford for a fourth time and to return to M-Sport," said Sainz Sr.

"My history with Ford goes back to 1987, and I think I was Malcolm’s [Wilson, founder of M Sport] first factory driver back in the day, and I’m very proud of that. I’m excited to be driving the Raptor and to approach this big challenge with a lot of goals. One is to help Ford win the Dakar Rally."

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With the 2025 Dakar set to kick off in under eight months, expect a full reveal of the Raptor to be accompanied by names for the remaining two driver slots in due course.

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