The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Really Could Out-Perform a T-Rex Off Road

Last week, Autoblog posted a funny, if absurd, video comparing the F-150 Raptor's off-road capabilities with a T. rex... which was, of course, just a man running around in a silly costume. We're not sure if they were inspired by this National Geographic article published in July, but their comparison is actually spot-on.

Off-roading enthusiasts in Chapmanville know the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is one of the best desert runners that can be purchased from the factory, with specs that need no modification for competitive performance. Its 450-horsepower engine roars like a dinosaur, and its FOX Racing Shox allow it to sprint over rough terrain at a top speed of 100 mph.

It's got guts and glory, but could it really take on the Tyrant Lizard King?

According to the latest computer simulations of T. rex's gait, the answer is a resounding yes. Just like the fake Tyrannosaurus in the video waddled around slowly and barely managed to hop over unimpressive obstacles, the real Tyrannosaurus couldn't have run fast or jumped, either—its bones couldn't handle the impact. Scientists now think the massive, 9-ton dino could only reach speeds up to 12 mph.

That's a win for the F-150 Raptor, and a major loss for our childhood imaginations.

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