Every truck is a beast until one with tank tracks arrives

The immense mod potential in a vehicle is not limited to just hatches and sedans; even pickup trucks can be modified and customized to a crazy extent. Take Westen Champlin for instance. Instead of upgrading the tires to a bigger or a different set, he got some new shoes altogether. Champlin has fitted tank tracks on his Ford F-150 Raptor and it has become a beast that can conquer just about any terrain. Were we doing Raptor the wrong way until now?

A Ford F-150 Raptor Isn't Really A Raptor Until It Has Tank Tracks
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When you talk about mods to make your truck more off-road friendly, you look at tire and wheel upgrades, or maybe tweak the suspension and give it a lift kit, or something on these lines. But YouTuber Westen Champlin decided to put tank tracks on his F-150 Raptor and have some fun with it. The setup is actually quite simple, with the tank tracks just being bolted onto the existing wheel hubs along with an adaptor plate. We’ve seen a Tesla Model 3 with snow tracks in the past; so this isn’t as surprising or gut-wrenching as that silent machine was.

In stock form, the F-150 Raptor comes with a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost mill under the hood that produces 450 ponies and 510 pound-feet of twist. Power is sent to all the wheels via a ten-speed automatic transmission. The truck is loaded to the gills when it comes to off-road equipment. It features stuff like trail control, off-road FOX racing shocks, long-travel suspension, solid rear axle with coil springs, Terrain-management system, 4.10 front axle with Torsen differential, and torque-on-demand transfer case, to name a few.

A Ford F-150 Raptor Isn't Really A Raptor Until It Has Tank Tracks
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Ford F-150 Raptor specifications
Engine: 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine (third-generation Viper)
Horsepower: 450 horsepower
Torque: 510 pound-feet of torque
0 to 60 mph: 5.1 seconds
Top Speed: 107 mph
Curb Weight: 5,525 pounds (2,506 kilos)
Power-to-weight ratio (US tonne): 163

Westen wanted to drive it up a mountain in the snow, but had to do with a sunny Kansas morning instead. He took the Tanktor on beaten paths, and as expected, it ran over them all without breaking a sweat. The truck caught a lot of attention, right from the UPS guy who delivered the tank tracks, to the public on the roads, to the cops who enquired about it, and even the car wash guy at the end of the video.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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