Ken Block Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX Is The Ultimate Toy For A Grown Up
We have a new Ford F-150 Raptor on the show. It’s tough, it’s rough and it’s more impressive than before. Well, it is so impressive that Ford had to stick a 10 speed shifter in it, despite getting rid of two cylinders after installing the very good but questionably robust V6 EcoBoost. However, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is not the only Raptor you’d like to have right now. Winter season is in the full swing so what do you think about this one – the Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX which is based on the old (but gold) Raptor and it is heavily modified by the Hoonigans. Yes, that Hoonigans that built the mighty Mustang for Ken Block in which he killed every tire ever found in LA drifting over everything he could on the road.
Little is known, but he is apparently an avid fan of snowboarding. Of course, he likes everything that is extreme and snowboarding from the tips of the mountains is, well, extreme enough. The problem emerges, however, when it’s time for him to get to the top of that mountain. Two possibilities exists – a helicopter (which is insanely expensive) and a powered snowsledge (which is not that practical). Luckily, Ford came to the rescue and sent him a Ford F-150 Raptor and told him and his crew to make it a formidable off road snow machine. In order to show you what they’ve built, Ken Block made this video in which he depicts the insane effort of the Hoonigan team which turned the Raptor to the RaptorTRAX.
The amount of work involved here is over the top. First, the wheels and suspension have been removed in order to install these new large tracks which weigh 350 lbs each. The added weight compromised the suspension so the Hoonigans toot the best from the market and integrated kingpins, new shocks and new absorbers with longer travel that make the things a bit more bearable.
After that, they’ve felt shortage of power. Well, the 6,2 liter V8 from that Raptor churns out 411 HP, but they wanted more. With the installation of the Whipple supercharger and some additional tweaks to the engine, the maximum power surged to over 650 HP. Is that enough? Ooouuuu, it is. This is maybe the only Raptor F-150 that is able to conquer any terrain it sets its tracks on. Yes, this is a vehicle that your son will want as its smartphone wallpaper and it is a type of a vehicle that can truly make some amazing stuff on snow. As it turns out, this Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX is fully equipped to sustain a small snowboarding team over a day. It has an exterior audio system, recaro seats inside and at the back and the tough rollbar that protects everything. Just in case, Hoonigans installed the winch at the back and, for another case, this RaptorTRAX has a barbeque which can be fixed at the rear end of the truck.
It is clear that this is just a big toy for showing off but admit it, you’d like to have it and go somewhere to test it properly. Although these tracks enable it to go over any imaginable terrain, the best terrain for this monstrous vehicle are the snow covered slopes. 650 HP has to stretch somewhere and that is the place where every one of them will start to give its best.
Unfortunately, this vehicle will not be available for purchase, but if you really have a lot of money, try to contact Hoonigans and persuade them to make you your own RaptorTRAX. How expensive can it really be!?
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