After each 62.5-mile lap, Durability was hoisted on a lift to inspect the chassis. Eight engineers and two Roush technicians combed the vehicle for any signs of wear or damage. The level of punishment the truck went through was evident by the bashed-in front skidplate. In fact, during our lap even we stuffed it into the ground through a torn-up section of the course.
So what failed? For the 250 miles of testing we witnessed, Durability got four flat tires
In order to track what parts might loosen, bend, or stretch, each nut and bolt were marked
SVT and Fox used the 1,000-mile Raptor test to validate these stone shields (A) that prote
Fox Racing Shox's Ross McNab is an Australian with a background in ATV shocks-and really b
The Auto Industry's Area 51
Testing vehicles over the harshest terrain in one of the hottest places on earth can be downright dangerous. But for nearly 20 years, when auto manufacturers and suppliers need to develop advanced prototypes or verify a concept in the real world (in a way computer simulation just can't do), they call on Pacific Contract Services (PCS), a logistics company.
Owned by Larry and Karen Rae, PCS has operated in more than 45 countries and employs a staff of special operations personnel, county sheriffs, paramedics, and pilots to, as Larry puts it, "Take people places to do things."
PCS handles the client's every need, from food and fuel to auto repair and air support. PCS focuses on the well-being and safety of the automotive engineers so that the engineers can focus on the testing and development they came to do.
In addition to working with Ford Motor Company, PCS handles some of the world's biggest auto suppliers and military contractors-companies like Bosch, Continental Teves, BorgWarner, and even a well-known electric car manufacturer. In fact PCS claims that every production vehicle sold in the U.S. to go off-road has been tested in some part at a PCS facility.
Larry has also been known to help Hollywood film crews. He's literally one of those guys who's been there, done that, and knows the key people who make things happen. He was on his cell phone with off-road racing legend Dave Ashley when we took this photo.
PCS (Pacific Contract Services)