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Truck Thursday: Ford Raptor camera car

Jeff Glucker June 14, 2012 All Things Hoon, Hoonivercinema 22 Comments

Camera cars come in all shapes and sizes, as the requirements needed for a given shoot can be incredibly diverse. Car Camera Systems, which is based in Hawthorne, California, is prepared for a variety of shoots thanks to the awesome array of vehicles in its garage. The company boasts everything from ATVs and a KTM 950 up to a Porsche Cayenne Turbo and a Ferrari 360 Modena. One of the vehicles that caught our, however, is their Ford Raptor.

The film company has kept the car nearly stock, which is fine because this brutish off-roader sports a 6.2-liter V8 that’s good for 411 horses and 434 pound-feet of torque. Couple that mill with the Fox Racing gear underneath and the beefy BFGoodrich tires, and you have a stable film platform that can handle a variety of tough terrain. Camera Car Systems did add some parts though, because the Raptor now features a steel-reinforced roof and an external roll cage.

We might not have the budget to hire CCS for a Hooniverse shoot, but we can dream.

[Source: Camera Car Systems]

  • OA5599

    Story idea: Tag along with them on a shoot.

  • MVEilenstein

    There are way too many people driving Raptors around here. By driving I mean commuting, running to the mall, and going out to eat. I bet 80% of them never leave pavement. Heck, I've even seen a guy using it as a work truck.

    • I agree. I saw one this morning being used as a body shop's parts chaser.

      This is a serious question … why is the Raptor considered so awesome? Perhaps it's the skinflint in me but I'm much happier with my late model 4×4 with aggressive off road tires that I don't feel bad about using as a truck.

      • MVEilenstein

        In theory it's a sweet offroad machine, especially desert racing. Soft suspension, long shock travel, huge tires, etc.

        • Great, if they're used that way. Even then, though, I'd prefer something that treads lightly.

          • theTokenGreek

            everybody just stop it. The more the normal people buy and use Raptors for proletarian activities, the more relatively pristine used Raptors there will be on the market in 5ish years. If the end result is lower costs and greater accessibility, I think we should thank the posers for footing the down payment on our fun.

            • theTokenGreek

              although I'll also admit, I'd likely prefer an Ecoboost FX4.

            • calzonegolem

              Hell yeah. I will now encourage everyone I know to buy a Raptor

    • kcatz

      Why not? For the awesomeness per dollar, if I were buying ONE truck for work and play, it would be this.

  • Dude, that flat black(?) is awesome! Also, I am glad to see a Raptor put to practical use. I would love to see how they (ab)use it.

  • Plecostomus

    Is this the "Raptor" Wes Siler was referring to shooting from in the Zero DS edition of RideApart?

    I'm quasi-in-the-film-business, specifically in the filming-vehicles-business… unforutnately my type of videography doesn't involve any engines running… but the cars themselves I deal with range from ho-hum beaters to TheFastAndTheFurious to Baja runners to lowriders…

    • Probably not. Matt Farah's film crew did some of the Ride Apart episodes, and they use Farah's Raptor as a film truck… not like this though.

  • $kaycog

    I'm not a pickup person, but the Ford Raptor does it for me. I drove one last year, and it gave me goosebumps.

    The Arizona Customs and Border Patrol has (or had) a Raptor, maybe more than one. I guess the driver thought this Raptor had the optional Ford Fins.

    <img src="http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg126/engulf_me_in_flames/Randomness/IMG_0068.jpg"width="500"&gt;

  • BradleyBrownell

    <img src="http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f66/buicktr-7/Boxster%20Road%20Trip%20Barber%20Motorsports%20Park/IMG_5942-1.jpg?t=1339629353&quot; width="600">

    While not a Raptor, this bad boy was filming at Barber motorsports park when I was down there for a Porsche event on Monday/Tuesday.

  • Alora White

    I have seen an post for same technologies before 2 years at Google, i was waiting for this car since last years. Now the car is available in the market so i am going to buy this car. I have also check these type of camera at Novusauto collection. Go thru the link to buy online car camera.