An auction for the final Ford F-150 Raptor to be assembled during the 2017 model year garnered a winning bid of $157,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or JDRF.

Organizers of the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction on Friday did not identify the winning bidder.

The sale, classified as Lot 3004, more than tripled a the F-150 Raptor’s starting price of $49,520. It’s one of several vehicles that Ford and Barrett-Jackson have recently auctioned to benefit the JDRF. Two years ago, the first 2015 Ford Mustang GT sold for $300,000. Last year, the first 2016 Ford Focus RS sold for $550,000.

The Raptor in question was not actually present to roll across the auction stage. Ford will paint it in a unique color of the owner’s choosing, making the truck one of a kind.

Ford also used the occasion to reveal more details about its new Raptor Assault program. It will provide professional off-road driving instruction for Raptor owners, free of charge, from the Ford Performance Racing School at Utah Motorsports Campus.

A classroom setting will give Raptor owners an introduction to the capabilities of the high-performance truck. Then they’ll be released for a day of driving in off-road environments designed to highlight the Raptor’s six driving modes to tackle different terrains. Instructors will guide the owners through techniques such as rock crawling, high-speed “Baja” style desert runs, steep descents and more.

“The off-road terrain near Ford Performance Racing School offers a diversity of challenges and is perfectly suited to showcase the high-performance capabilities of Raptor,” said Henry Ford III, Ford Performance marketing manager.

Raptor Assault joins similar programs for owners of Ford Performance vehicles. Ford also offers the GT350 Track Attack for owners of the Shelby GT350 and GT350R, the ST Octane Academy for owners of the Fiesta ST and Focus ST, and the RS Adrenaline Academy for owners of the Focus RS.

“The Ford Performance owner programs that have come before are a strong indication that this experience will be outstanding – a big hit with Raptor owners,” said Ford.

Raptor owners can register for the course at RaptorAssault.com.

Related: Review: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Forges New Ground

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  1. Laird

    I bought 2017 Ford Raptor last week. I drove it 15 minutes before it overheated, blew the radiator fluid out and died on the highway. Not sure they figured out the 10 speed transmission issue they had that caused the delivery delays. Very concerned that Ford thinks I want that vehicle simply repaired. Anyone else experiencing problems?

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