Ken Block's RaptorTraxx!
Ken has a new F150 Raptor, modified by Special Vehicle Concepts in California. It features snowboard racks, a roof basket, a rear-mounted winch, interior storage for snacks and drinks, and an awesome exterior stereo setup for blasting music. And, of course he needs some awesome lighting to see where he is going.
The truck has a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 (the horsepower is a secret), a full roll cage, and Recaro seats. And those four things in place of the wheels, those are Mattracks. Pretty cool!
The Mustang hits 50!
Ford kicked off the festivities with the introduction of the 2015 Mustang.
“The official Mustang 50th anniversary celebration will kick off in the middle of the country so people can enjoy these pony cars as they were intended to be used, on the road,” said Ronald D. Bramlett, executive director of the Mustang 50th birthday celebration. “We believe this will be the largest group of Mustangs traveling together in the world.”
Ford introduced the new 2015 F-150 recently at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This vehicle saves over 700 pounds by using an all aluminum body!
Baja 1000 in a camouflaged Aluminum F-150!
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Greg Foutz of Foutz Motorsports. Greg has been running Ford pickups in the Baja 1000 for many years. Last year Ford wanted to do something different. Secretly they had produced an aluminum body F-150 and it was headed for production along with an all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. They wanted to race a 2015 F-150 in the 2013 Baja 1000. The challenge? No one could see the new truck before it was unveiled in Detroit.
Ford took a prototype pickup from its test fleet: a 2015 model in 2014 clothing. Ford stamped a number of 2014 bodies in aluminum for road testing. It was the perfect camouflage.
Camo F-150 part II
“This truck is all the 2015 powertrain, frame, the suspension stuff, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost motor, and then they actually stamped the old molds out in aluminum so we could hide in plain sight,” Foutz said.
He took a prototype and went to work. Ford wanted to use as many production parts as possible. Other than a set of lift springs, Fox shocks from a Raptor, a fuel cell, a cage, and a set of 35/12.50 R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires, the truck is stock. It finished the race without even a flat tire!
It's gonna be a wild year!
The Monster Truck season has begun and this year there are multiple events in multiple cities at the same time!