Raptor Cooks Up Donuts in the Mud

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F-150 Raptor uses the 6.2-liter V8 and a set of 37-inch off-road tires to show off in the mud.

The first generation of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor was, without question, the most off-road-capable truck in the half-ton segment until the current version was introduced. The original V8 version can conquer steep sand dunes, deep mud and huge piles of rocks, often at speed, in addition to being a pretty great street truck. The Raptor allows owners to do what few can with a factory-stock pickup, but sometimes, you just want to do donuts in the mud, which just about any truck can do.

The video above comes to us from the Hoondedout YouTube channel and it features a V8 F-150 doing donuts in the mud and grass. While most trucks can do this, there is no question that the Raptor does it better and looks cooler doing it than any stock truck on the market.

Raptor Details

There are very few details on this Ford F-150 included with the video, shy of the fact that it is riding on a set of 37-inch off-road tires wrapped around what appears to be a Ford Performance beadlock wheel. Based on the badging, we know that this truck is powered by the 6.2-liter V8 that delivered 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque, making it one of the most powerful trucks in the class when it was new. By today’s standards, the V8 Raptors are down on power, but it still packs plenty of punch to spin the big tires in the mud.

Raptor on 37s

Finally, we know from the discussion in the comments that this Raptor has a set of 5-millimeter wheel spacers to allow the bigger rubber to fit, but the front wheels still rub on hard turns. Fortunately, the driver doesn’t need to make too many hard turns while drifting in the mud.

Slingin’ Mud in the Woods

The video above begins with a short segment where we get a close-up look at the F-150 Raptor from a few different angles before the good part begins, but we don’t have to wait long.

Raptor on 37s

The first muddy action comes with the F-150 drifting in a large circle, easily passing the camera with chunks of earth flying into the air. We then jump inside, where we watch the driver skillfully drift the big truck on the loose footing along with giving us a good look at the path ahead.

After a few more still shots of the truck all covered in mud, we are treated to a little more drifting and donut action before the Raptor heads off to the car wash for a good bath.

Raptor on 37s

Finally, the footage ends with the high performance F-150 creeping across the loose rocks of a spillway area, showing that the Raptor really can conquer all sorts of terrain.

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