Forza Motorsport 7 fans looking for something new to drive
can experience the staggeringly-beautiful 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Xbox One X
Edition from today in the game. The off-road racing truck features a custom livery
based on the Xbox
One X’s fan-favourite codename, Project Scorpio. It also comes equipped
with “numerous performance-minded upgrades,” meaning its ready to hit the track
Beginning today, fans can download the free Xbox One X Ford
F-150 Raptor from their in-game Message Center in Forza Motorsport 7, as well
as a Ford F-150 Raptor Xbox One X Edition Windows 10 Theme on the Microsoft Store. In
addition, there’s a new Rivals event available today under ‘Featured Events’
starring the new Raptor. Look for the ‘Delivering the Sting’ event and set your
best time on the leaderboard.
Microsoft and Ford have been partners for years now,
enjoying a long and fruitful relationship over the years. Forza fans will
remember the 2017 Ford GT on the cover of Forza Motorsport 6, where the car was
revealed alongside the game in a historic
event at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit at the
Ford Motor Company press conference. Henry Ford III also debuted the game with the
Forza franchise Creative Director Dan Greenawalt at E3 2015 about six months later.
In addition, the Ford F-150 Raptor race truck leaped onto
the cover of Forza Horizon 3 alongside the Lamborghini Centenario. The Ford
partnership even extends onto the car roster in the game itself, as Ford
features more cars in Forza Motorsport 7 than any other manufacturer. In fact, the Fiesta ST, Focus RS, Mustang GT 350, F-150 Raptor, and of course, the Ford GT each made their video game debut in Forza.
As for the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Xbox One X Edition, that
story began with Ford Performance’s announcement of the new race truck at the 2015
North American International Auto Show in Detroit where the Ford GT was also
Later in the year, the team at Ford Performance saw success in
the Raptor race truck at the Baja 1000, finishing third, which led to the debut
of this custom-designed truck at the 2017 SEMA (Specialty Equipment
Manufacturer’s Association) show in Las Vegas, where over-the-top custom
vehicles are king and the Xbox One X Edition Ford F-150 fit right in.
“The Xbox One X is the world’s most powerful console,” said Henry Ford III, Ford Performance Marketing Manager. “It’s the benchmark in the console gaming world, while F-150 Raptor is its equivalent in the world of pickup trucks.”
Following its debut at SEMA in Las Vegas, it traveled to Times Square in New York City to deliver the first Xbox One X console to go on sale in the United States at the flagship Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue. Head of Xbox Games Marketing, Aaron Greenberg, arrived in the truck to deliver the console.
Whilst the truck is significantly taller than it is stock –
over 93-inches tall (2.3 meters) on 38-inch BF Goodrich Krawler T/A tires, the
team behind the Xbox One X Raptor still wanted it to retain the race truck’s
Baja-tested performance characteristics.
“We have long enjoyed and valued our partnership with Ford Performance and feel privileged to work with them on the incredible F-150 Raptor, an iconic American legend,” said Mike Humphreys, Senior Director, Business and Partnerships for Forza Franchise, Turn 10 Studios. “The Ford Raptor is built on top of another iconic legend, the Ford F-150 pickup, resulting in technical excellence and off-road innovations that make it a Forza fan favorite.”
As well as the Raptor’s desert racing heritage, the Xbox One X model comes equipped with custom wheels and bumpers, as well as a unique chase rack with LED lighting in Xbox’s signature green to complete the look. Performance-enhancing modifications include a Fabtech six-inch lift kit, as well as upgraded Alcon brakes, Addictive Desert Designs intercooler, and a Ford Performance Borla exhaust.
The Raptor’s livery was designed by illustrator ‘Hydro74’
and features a stylized Project Scorpio scorpion motif. Look closely, and you’ll
notice the scorpion’s body includes many details from the Xbox One X console
and controller, including the thumb sticks, d-pad, and ABXY buttons. The unique graphics, paint, and upholstery have all been inspired by the console’s iconic codename.
Whilst fans can look forward to driving the 2017 Ford F-150
Raptor Xbox One X Edition in Forza Motorsport 7 today, there’s even more
content and events coming soon. Players should be excited in February for a
month of new content and fun experiences in Forza Motorsport 7, with the next
Content Update and Car Pack available on Monday, February 19th. Additional
details will be revealed closer to its release.
There will also be a new Bounty Hunter challenge starring
Turn 10 Studio Manager Alan Hartman, as well as a new event featuring “a twist
on the traditional Rivals format.” Players will also have the chance to unlock
a slate of new Driver Gear suits celebrating the Winter Olympics, the Lunar New
Year, and more.
Competitive Forza fans can also look forward to the official
announcement of the studio’s plans for the Forza
Racing Championship in Forza Motorsport 7 later this month, including
details on the schedule, format, and more. Expect it to drop in the coming
weeks, but until then, you have plenty of time to get practising, and even a
chance to test drive the new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Xbox One X Edition.
Alan is the co-founder and co-owner of FullThrottle Media. As someone who enjoys spending all his free time playing video games, he keeps the website updated with new and relevant content, including news stories, reviews and opinion pieces for the games he likes writing about the most. He also tweets too much, probably.