Watch William Fichtner Drive a Ford F-150 Raptor Through the Desert

In the movies, actors are rarely expected to do their own stunts. We don't know if that's true of William Fichtner, whom you may remember from films like Carl Sagan's Contact, or the more recent The Dark Knight, but as the newest host of Top Gear America, he's doing his own driving. Let's hope it's a good idea!

In the rebooted car-review show's pilot episode, Fichtner races a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor through the desert. If he had a hat, he would need to hold onto it. The actor bounces around the cabin, as the off-road racing truck takes on rocks and ruts at high speed.

Fortunately, the F-150 Raptor is such an advanced, precision off-roading machine, it's much harder to wind up going end-over-end in it than a lesser truck. It's more than a lifted F-150. It's 6 inches wider, giving it increased stability, has a Terrain Management System to optimize traction, FOX Racing Shox, and more.

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