The new Ford Ranger Raptor has been revealed at Europe’s largest video gaming event, Gamescom, held in Cologne, Germany, and is the first ever vehicle to be revealed at the event.
Two Ranger Raptors provided striking bookends at the Ford stand, which also included a 4D racing simulator built especially for the event and eight Forza gaming pods offering head-to-head racing.
Ford says that the Ranger Raptor will be added to the upcoming Xbox open-world racing game Forza Horizon 4, which will release worldwide on October 2.
Ford says the new Ranger Raptor is the toughest version of one of Europe’s best-selling pick-ups and is the ultimate performance utility vehicle. The heavy-duty suspension tames rough tracks and also delivers a smooth ride in urban areas and on motorways.
“Since the Ford GT graced the cover of Forza Motorsport 6 in 2015, millions of gamers have driven Ford performance cars on Forza’s virtual roads, experiencing these impressive cars at their limits in Forza’s world-class simulation engine,” said Dan Greenawalt, creative director, Forza Racing Franchise.
“Almost 700,000 unique Forza drivers have already added the F-150 Raptor to their virtual garage, and there’s little doubt the Ranger Raptor will be just as coveted,” Greenawalt added.
In previous years for Gamescom, Ford wrapped a Focus RS in special Forza livery, set a new Guinness World Records title for the “longest video marathon on a racing game” racing the virtual Ford GT around Le Mans for 48 hours, and offered gamers the chance to win a real-life Focus RS track-driving experience with tuition from Ford racer, Harry Tincknell.