High-Tech Transfer Case Enables 2017 Raptor Terrain Management

To walk the line of street pickup and off-road terror, the 2017 Raptor features an all-new dual-mode transfer case, which makes use of all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive systems plus electronic lockers. This system allows the truck to seamlessly shift between many of the six modes available in its Terrain Management System.

“Raptor’s transfer case provides the best of both worlds, with the natural benefits from all-wheel drive, such as increased traction in rain and snow, as well as extreme off-road capability that comes with a mechanically locked system,” Tony Greco, Ford F-150 Raptor program manager, said.

The latest Raptor’s Terrain Management System controls a dual-mode transfer case to deliver the proper traction for the terrain.

The latest Raptor’s Terrain Management System controls a dual-mode transfer case to deliver the proper traction for the terrain.

The Raptor’s wide array of terrain modes includes Normal, Sport, Weather, Mud/Sand, Baja and Rock Crawl. We were fortunate enough to sample the efficacy of all these modes during the Raptor Assault program at the Ford Performance Racing School. The modes work quite well, applying just the right mix of 4×4 high or low with other changes to maximize traction for the given situation.

Thanks to the combination of a dual-mode transfer case and a lot of on-board technology, Raptor drivers can toggle between six different drive modes in the latest Raptor, Normal, Sport, Weather, Mud/Sand, Baja and Rock Crawl. The four-wheel-drive system can also be adjusted independently via a dash-mounted knob and button.

“The torque-on-demand transfer case and six-mode Terrain Management System is unique to Raptor in the Ford family of vehicles,” Matt Tranter, Ford Performance engineering supervisor, said. “It gives you the benefit of a clutched all-wheel-drive system for easy around-town maneuverability in bad weather. Then, there’s Baja Mode, which automatically engages a mechanically locked 4×4 high, and optimizes throttle response, shifting and boost control to provide improved off-road capability. That’s definitely drawing a line in the sand.”

The transfer case and drive modes paired with the new 10-speed automatic transmission, definitely make the most of the 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque it has to offer.

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Steve Turner

Steve Turner brings decades of passion and knowledge in the world of Ford performance, having covered it for over 20 years. From the swan song of the Fox Mustang to the birth of the Coyote, Steve had a front-row seat.
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