Stock isn’t something you usually see in any race, let alone the Baja
1000 where even heavily modified trucks are beat into submission. This didn’t stop Ford however, as they had the idea to enter a new 2015 F-150
into the race to see how it would do. While Ford wanted to test the all-new 2015 F-150 in the desert race, they didn’t want anyone to see the new design and aluminum body, so they snagged one of their test trucks that, while built as a new 2015 F-150, actually had the all-new aluminum body stamped with the 2014 parts so when you looked at it, all you saw was a 2014. SEE ALSO: How to Build an Off-Road Survival Truck
Not Completely Stock
The truck wasn’t completely stock, however. A few small changes were required to make sure they could make it over some of the more dangerous parts of the road. This meant a set of lift springs, Fox shocks that came from the SVT Raptor
, a fuel cell in the bed instead of an under-body gas tank, and some larger tires thanks to some prototype BFGoodrich 35/12.50 R17’s.
The windshield was removed and two light bars were added. Other than that, the truck is just like it comes from the factory. That means the 2.7L EcoBoost engine and even the transmission cooler are all stock. Ford even used the truck’s stock air filter, which proved to be nearly as bad as not having one at all, though.
The whole idea of running the Baja 1000 was to test out the all-new aluminum body in some of the harshest conditions possible. One major benefit to the aluminum body is the fact that Ford was able to take off around 700lbs from the F-150 while giving it a thicker skin than was possible with steel. That means less damage and more durability without losing any power to additional weight. Less weight in the real world means more miles per gallon, but in the Baja 1000
less weight, to an extent, means less damage done to parts.
How Did Ford Do?
While the stock F-150 didn’t come close to winning the Baja 1000, it did finish. Above just finishing, it actually didn’t even break down once. That means no support vehicles necessary or even a single tire changed. Mind you, some of the reason the truck drove fine through the entire race is that it definitely wasn’t driven nearly as hard as say, a trophy truck
, but it still completed nearly 1,000 miles in the desert without a breakdown, and that’s definitely worth something especially when you see that the attrition rate for the race is nearly 50%.