If traction is not an issue I can see this happening. I really didn't buy the Rex as a race car and neither would my R be but it is nice to smoke a Challenger 392/Camaro SS/Mustang 5.0 that is acting cocky at a red light every now and then. I mainly bought the Rex because of the interior and sound. Now don't get me wrong, the Ecoboost is a great engine and I have put hundreds of thousands of trouble free miles on a few, but I missed the V8 sound. I had my heart set on a 3rd Gen Raptor and had a deposit down and allocation when a friend of mine who sells Ram trucks called me to look at a Rex. I never purchased the Raptor after that and the local dealer sold it here in less than a day. I hope Ford steps up their luxury interior trim to match the Ram and not just the performance. I could live with it even if a little less luxurious because I do favor a Ford but I can't deal with a really sub par interior for the money it costs. If you have not yet, look in a TRX and then in a 3rd Gen Raptor without partiality and see the difference. I really am looking forward to the reveal and availability and if it is right, I will be back in a Ford.The Raptor R should be lighter by a good margin. So if they make more power and have the weight advantage then it should eke out the TRX.
Hopefully they have figured out the transmission issue. I think even many of the Shelby Raptors would perform way better with proper transmission tuning as horsepower doesn't see to be the problem.It looks like the Raptor R is almost 500 lbs lighter than the TRX. That should help the R run right with the TRX even though it's slightly lower in HP.
That's probably a reason they didn't use the GT500 transmission and decided to just beef up the 10R80.Hopefully they have figured out the transmission issue. I think even many of the Shelby Raptors would perform way better with proper transmission tuning as horsepower doesn't see to be the problem.