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Ford goes drifting on the Nurburgring with F-150 Raptor

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Jose Altoveros / Ford Performance | April 26, 2018 12:09

Vaughn Gittin Jr. takes on the Nordschlife with an F-150 Raptor, sideways

When manufacturers head to the Nurburgring, they often bring their flagship performance models in order to challenge record lap times. When Ford decided to take on the Nordschleife however, they let loose an F-150 Raptor instead and put Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. behind the wheel for some sideways action.

Gittin initially went to the Green Hell to take on the 20.6km track in a Ford Mustang RTR competition car. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate as it began to rain during the time of the shoot. As he found drifting in the rain with a high-horsepower car boring, he slipped behind the steering wheel of a F-150 Raptor instead.

The result? We get to see some sideways action on the 'Ring in a full-size American pickup truck. That said, the F-150 Raptor is powered by a biturbo 3.5 V6 producing 450 PS and 691 Nm of torque, which likely helped kick the back end loose in the rain. It was also in professional hands, turning it into a somewhat capable drift truck, which even took the infamous Karusell corner sideways and in full-lock.

Don't expect this to be the last of Vaughn Gittin Jr on the Nurburgring though. It is likely he'll be returning once again with Ford Performance to finally complete his drifting run around the Green Hell in his Mustang RTR competition car.

For now though, we can watch Gittin and the Ford F-150 Raptor tackling the Nordschleife sideway in the video above.