First Look: 2020 Ford F-150 by Arctic Trucks
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Arctic Trucks became a famous name when its customized truck was featured on Top Gear. Jeremy Clarkson and James May took a Toyota Hilux to the show’s North Pole expedition. Arctic has worked on quite a few trucks to date, but this time, it has laid its hands on America’s best-seller – the Ford F-150. The polar-build specialist aftermarket company has fitted the truck with huge 44-inch tires to tackle the snow. There isn’t much known about this truck yet, but we hope to hear from the company soon.
The Truck Rides On 44-Inch Tires!
Arctic Trucks has based the AT44 on the 2020 Ford F-150 Lariat. The truck’s biggest highlight is the set of 44-inch Nokian snow tires that make everything else on the truck look puny. To accommodate these huge tires, the company has also installed wide fender flares. The bumpers receive LED lighting as well. The underbody protection, too, is enhanced.
Arctic trucks hasn’t said anything about the suspension, but it must have been heavily re-worked upon to match the rest of the truck’s demeanor.
The truck also features company branding across the body and some graphics with interesting catchphrases, and the signature mud flaps that the company equips on its products.
There Are No Changes Made To The Stock Powertrain
Autoblog also reports that Arctic Trucks CEO Emil Grimsson spent two weeks in Marc testing the truck around Iceland’s back 40. He said that the truck is powered by the 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost mill, although there was no mention of any tuning or extra boost given to the truck. In the standard form, this mill churns out 375 horses and 470 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all the wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.
|Configuration||Twin-turbocharged and intercooled V6, overhead cams|
|Block/Head material||Aluminum block, aluminum heads|
|Displacement||3.5 liters (213 cubic inches)|
|Bore x stroke||3.64 inches x 3.41 inches|
|Horsepower||375 hp @5,000 rpm|
|Torque||470 lb.-ft. @3,500 rpm|
Grimsson is happy with the truck’s development, even though he had apprehensions if the truck would give enough flotation on soft snow using 44-inch tires.
"Some river banks needed special approach due to fairly low ground clearance of the F150, and some rivers can’t be seen at all, which led to a recovery session featuring some swift, hard yanks on a truck chain.”
In his YouTube video, he mentioned that with the tire pressure set at 2.5 psi, the AT44 could "push through and leave behind a well-compressed track. With this flotation, this power, low center of gravity and long wheelbase, doing the steeper hills was a pleasure and easily outperforming most other vehicles that came along."
The Company Has Been Building Snow-Tacklers For A Long Time
Although the firm is known for the Top Gear-spec Toyota Hilux that took part in the Magnetic North Pole Expedition in 2007, Arctic Trucks has also worked on many pick-up trucks in the U.K. It helped Isuzu launch the D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35, and has applied its know-how to the Nissan Navara as well. Last year, it designed a new one-off Volkswagen Amarok, called the AT35, for arctic exploring that came with a lift kit, bigger tires, and even had a cappuccino machine on board. Fun Fact: All the numbers in its monikers reflect the size of the tires the vehicle rides on.
There is no word on the cost, how many examples would be produced, or the arrival date. There’s a lot of hype surrounding it now and the company might release more information about it soon. What are your thoughts on the Ford F-150 AT44 by Arctic Trucks? Share them with us in the comments section below.