Ford F-150 Raptor Available Now As RHD In The UK

Fans of the latest Ford F-150 Raptor and Lincoln Navigator in the UK can now make their dream a reality, as specialist car dealer Clive Sutton announced their availability.

More importantly those after a Raptor can now get one with the steering wheel on the right side, thanks to Sutton Bespoke’s customization programme.

The conversion uses precision-sculpted moldings of interior parts, with specialists using “a blend of both traditional and modern techniques” in order to mirror the dashboard and steering assembly.

The team developed their own right-hand drive steering rack for the Raptor in six months, with the unit being an upgraded version of the standard F-150 pickup truck that’s extensively recalibrated.

Pricing for a brand new and converted to RHD Ford F-150 Raptor is set at £106,800 (around $150,300 in current exchange rates), with Sutton also offering the conversion to existing Raptor owners for the price of £38,400 ($54,000).

The other new arrival in Clive Sutton’s stock list is the brand new 2018 Lincoln Navigator. Finished in Black Velvet over a Cappuccino leather interior, the American seven-seater SUV is powered by the 450hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. It also comes with a long specs list, including 24-way adjustable, multi-contour heated and ventilated front seats, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and a 20-speaker 1,200-watt sound system.

The asking price for the LHD Lincoln Navigator is £114,950 (around $162,000), with Clive Sutton saying that they’re currently developing a right-hand drive conversion for it as well. The dealer is offering the full range of the new Navigator in the UK, including both standard- and the long-wheelbase models, with prices starting from around £89,000 ($125,000).

Clive Sutton is also the appointed UK distributor for Shelby American’s range of models, including the F-150 Super Snake. These models are being built for Shelby at the Magna Steyr factory in Austria, with the first EU-produced Shelby truck to be delivered in the UK next month.

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  • Craig

    I have often wondered…. does a right hand drive version of a vehicle originally designed to be left hand drive – drive exactly the same? [Or visa-versa]

    • Yeah me too, but they always said that they just mirror the parts so it should be the same?

    • to my experience… (in manual) to only difference is your driving. Left hand on the stick. And your interaction with other motorists is deifferent. Makes your brain work like if you just started driving. For the rest, they drive the same. Easier with an automatic. In the UK, cars are made like for other countries, so the only thing that sometimes are not changed are on with side you’ll find your fluids, fuze box… (engine is not mirrored obviously).

      • Craig

        I appreciate the informative reply. For some reason – I have it in my head that cars weigh more on the right side than the left to compensate for the weight of an average driver. [the battery and other bits will favour the right side over the left – that sort of thing] So I wondered… [assuming that’s the case] would a car that’s converted from left to right hand now have a bit of a disadvantage balance wise? [Insofar as side-to-side weight distribution is concerned]

        • LeStori

          I have a RHD version of a Left hand drive car and the battery is on the passenger side which would be the drivers side in a LHD vehicle. It would be “impossible” with its “large” east-west engine to have it on the other side.
          If a car was balanced when it had only a driver it would be unbalanced when there was a passenger in the car for example. You cannot win.

          • Craig

            Then again… statistically speaking… 85% of the time there is only one occupant in a moving vehicle. The driver.

          • LeStori

            From an engineering perspective if I was balancing a car for normal road use I would do it without any occupants. In this situation the only variable would be adding people. If you tried to balance it would you do it for a male or female driver and then use average weight? Does not matter how you do it it would only be “balanced” occasionally and only if the driver was your average person.

            If it was a race car then all would be different.

          • Craig

            If I was balancing a car for normal road use – I would try to make the passenger side at least 100 lbs heavier than the driver side. And maybe that’s what they do. It would interesting to see if things like the battery [among other things] are more often found on the passenger side. [Trying to find out is almost impossible – I’m discovering] I’d love to find out if any of this is even considered. OR if they simply try to make it 50/50. I’m a BIG guy – 300 lbs or so. And I’m the only one in my car 95% of the time. [Because they’re is no room left! haha] So that must have some effect on handling and suspension and tire wear – I would think. They seem to brag about a new model being a couple hundred lbs lighter – so even a little bit of weight obviously matters.

    • I OFTEN WONDERED HOW MUCH JURY RIGGING THEY HAD TO DO TO CONVERT AND IF THAT EFFECTED ANYTHING.

  • Clive Sutton also produced Mustang upgrades called CS700. Not cheap mind you, and also I remember for UK distribution of Shelby Mustang is exclusively hold by Bill Shepherd Mustang.

  • I just wonder… how do they register cars/trucks nerver made for Europe? At the Moment UK still is in EU…

    • AFAIK you can just register a car from other country as long you pay the VAT and import duty. EU doesn’t have a rule of what car can go in or not unlike Americans.

  • IT’S COOL HOW THE SUICIDE DOORS OPEN WITHOUT A B PILLAR. SHAME IT’S NOT DONE ON OTHER CARS LIKE ROLLS.

  • Khanaar

    I’m surprised they didn’t relocate the 4wd selector wheel. Kind of a stretch to reach to change drive mode

  • Paul Webster

    This is just so wrong, on so many levels…..

    • Ken Lyns

      A lot of roads in Britain are twisty two-lanes. Pulling out to pass is pretty dangerous in a LHD vehicle, since the driver sits far from the road centerline.

      • LeStori

        A lot of roads in the UK would become one-way if more of these monstrosities hit-the-road.

        • Ken Lyns

          Nah, the Raptor will just drive on the shoulder. I drive a Tacoma and I already treat rumble strips and curbs as mere suggestions.

  • Matt

    The Navigator looks ridiculous against the backdrop of a quaint British hedge.

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