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The Tortoise and the // #RangerRaptor

Of course I needn’t have worried. Once my trusty co-driver has given me a quick briefing on the 10-speed auto gearbox, we headed off. Naturally we were last by this point, and actually I liked being behind the pack – having no other people around meant I felt like everything was being explored anew for us alone.

The Ranger Raptor is of course an immensely capable vehicle. I was only a few minutes in before it was like I’d been driving it all my life.

Back in the Real World I’m still driving an S-Max, and because of the incredible power seats with 8-way adjustment I was able to quickly set a high, familiar driving position (even at 5ft 0 tall!), easily reach round the cabin for everything I needed, and generally just relax and enjoy the experience, effortlessly.

I may have been a bit slow and steady, but on our travels we found someone even slower…

I wonder what he thought?

I’m thinking with the body styling and the unique 2.3mm high strength bash plates to deflect off-road obstacles he felt he’d met a kindred tough spirit…


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Fasten Your Seatbelts // #RangerRaptor

Day two dawned, and with it the threat/promise (depending on your vantage point) of Me Driving.

Regular readers may recall that my very first LHD drive, in fact my very first drive outside the UK, was back in Valladolid with my patient co-driver Pete.

Well since then I’ve driven abroad and/or LHD…

Zero times.

So here I am, in a bloody big truck, left hand drive, AUTOMATIC (I have never driven an automatic before either), in Morocco.

No biggie.

Here are some of my favourite details while I procrastinate.


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Sunset // #RangerRaptor

Sunset.

A quick change, and time for the technical presentation hosted by our Chairman, Steven Armstrong.

Then dinner, and catching up with Elisabeth and Florian, from the other employee pair.

We were all exhausted, sand-blasted (I swear sand poured out of my ear like a cartoon), and smiling from cheek to cheek – reflecting on our good fortune to be here at all but also on the experience of being in such an effortlessly capable vehicle in such exciting surroundings.

You know, we are still only on day one… stay tuned!


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Tea Break // #RangerRaptor

Go on, do as we did after our first bout of dune driving (no pics of during, it was all too exciting and fast for stills, but the Ranger handles it with no more effort than a trip to the shops) – take five minutes and catch up with the other posts on this blog, or maybe check out my colleagues’ YouTube channels…

Florian

Filip

Drink it in…


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Dune // #RangerRaptor

So tell me more about that Mud/Sand mode…

I might not need it so much in Southend on Sea, but out here in Essaouira it came into its own…

Those windmills? It was windy. My skin has never looked so good before the sandblasting I got that day.

I told you it also came in grey (although blue holds my heart)…

As the light softened, the sun set, and camels and Raptors made their way home…


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Not a // #RangerRaptor

It may have some threads of Ford Performance Blue in that blanket, but I know which I’d rather take for a spin…


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Modes // #RangerRaptor

Back on topic, and off-road…

Driving to our first checkpoint at the start of our off-road stage, we were struck by how quiet the Raptor is – whether it’s a factor of the smooth running 213 PS 2.0l Bi Turbo EcoBlue Diesel or the Active Noise Control technology, we found the noisiest things about sitting in the spacious double cab interior were the bits and pieces rattling around in our bags (and me talking!).

When we got to the off-road stage then, we were able to concentrate on testing out the terrain management system with 6 modes including

Baja: for high-speed off-road performance like drivers need in the Baja Desert Rally

Mud/Sand: optimum traction and momentum on these looser surfaces

Rock: for low-speed rocky terrain

Opting at first for Rock (smooth controllability key on our first drive getting used to the vehicle), we began the climb.

Check out those views…

Down to the rocky beach and on to our next stage. Read on!


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