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Ford has announced that it will bring the 'Very Gay Raptor' alongside the Ranger Raptor to the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

21 Jun 2022 | International News : U.K.

Ford has announced that it will continue to demonstrate its allyship with the LGBTQ+ community at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed by bringing along a 'Very Gay Raptor'.

The 'Very Gay Raptor' will feature alongside a regular Ford Ranger Raptor, which will make its European dynamic debut at Goodwood, tackling the challenging off-road track between runs up the famous hill, powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine delivering 284bhp and 491Nm of torque.

The 'Very Gay Raptor' sports a glitzy gold finish along with a rainbow livery
The appearance of the 'Very Gay Raptor' at the festival, Ford states, will be used to further initiate important discussions and is aimed at driving out discrimination in the automotive industry and beyond.

As part of this, Ford will be presenting live sessions of its new 'Tough Talks' series at Goodwood from the truck bed of the 'Very Gay Raptor', hosted by Welsh Rugby Star Gareth Thomas, the first openly-gay rugby union player.

The sessions will explore how the automotive industry can foster a culture of inclusion and allyship for the LGBTQ+ community, covering a range of topics and featuring guests such as Racing Driver Abbie Eaton, Comedian Catherine Bohart, and Lord March - the son of the Duke of Richmond, who founded the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival.

Created in 2021, the 'Very Gay Raptor' was born in response to a negative comment on social media, with Ford rendering its most badass nameplate in sparkling gold adorned with rainbow graphics. The positive response online was so overwhelming the manufacturer decided to make it real, and has been using it as a tool to help drive out discrimination ever since.

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