So far, this year has brought freezing temperatures and snow in places where it these are rarely seen, so it’s a good idea to start upgrading your car to for snow-driving capabilities. Ken Block, for example, transformed this Ford F-150 SVT Raptor into a sick-looking F-150 RaptorTrax, which looks like the ultimate snowmobile.
The F-150 Raptor was updated with snowboard racks, a roof basket, a rear-mounted winch, interior storage for snacks and drinks, Recaro seating, an exterior stereo setup for blasting music and four burly Mattracks. The RaptorTrax offer the usual Ken Block paint scheme, combined with exterior-mounted Rigid Industries lighting to help guide the way.
Although Ken Block didn’t announce any specifications figures just yet, the RaptorTRAX features the same Whipple-supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine as the base SVT Raptor — possibly with a slight output increase from its standard 411 horsepower — and a full roll cage for added protection.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ford F-150 Raptor.
Ford launched the SVT Raptor in 2010 and over the years it improved it with different new options and features. The model is distinguished by a more aggressive exterior look, special graphics and updated suspensions and brakes.
The F-150 Raptor is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 411 horsepower and a peak torque of 434 pound-feet and comes mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission equipped with tow/haul mode and SelectShift Automatic functionality.
Gallery Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block has an all-new project: his Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX, the ultimate backcountry snowboard expedition vehicle. Block’s RaptorTRAX also happens to be the world’s fastest snowcat for backcountry snowboarding and will star in an upcoming video to be released Winter 2014/15.
"This project is something I’ve had in my head for awhile now," said Block. "I absolutely love my daily driver Ford Raptor, especially since I live out here in the mountains of Park City, so to build out this mountain assault vehicle with a Raptor as the base platform made total sense to me. It’s an absolute beast of a machine and I’m stoked with how it’s turned out. Next up is for me to take it deep into the backcountry ASAP to help me and some friends slay some powder on our snowboards for a video project due out later this year."
Built from a Ford Racing prepared F-150 Raptor pickup truck and further enhanced by Special Vehicle Concepts in California, the truck features snowboard racks, a roof basket, a rear-mounted winch, interior storage for snacks and drinks, an exterior stereo setup for blasting music on-site and plenty of exterior-mounted Rigid Industries lighting to help guide the way, the RaptorTRAX is purpose-built to be the best tool possible for reaching serious backcountry powder.
In addition to the things that help make it the best for a day of riding, the RaptorTRAX has performance to back up the looks. Featuring a Whipple supercharged 6.2L V8, a full roll cage, Recaro seating and four burly Mattracks, there’s not much that can stand in its way on the mountain.
Like what you see? Stay tuned for the RaptorTRAX in action in a full video later this year, winter 2014/2015. If you can’t wait that long, you can also see it on display at Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, later this week with Monster Energy.