This Ford F-150 Raptor-Trax is One of The Coolest Trucks Ever

Ken Block is most famous for his Gymkhana series of racing vehicles.  Modified in his Hoonigan team shop in Los Angeles, he has raced these drag strip style Ford Mustangs and muscle cars through plenty of events.  However, in the video below, we get to see him in his most natural environment – the powdery mountainous reaches of Nelson, British Columbia. On his way back from the Bald Face Lodge, he was kind enough to show off his Monster energy drink Ford F-150 Raptor Trax setup.  Custom built by Ford and then modified by his own Hoonigan racing team, some of the features of this new rig include a 6.2 L V8 with a Whipple supercharger.  According to Block, these modifications have brought up the engine power to roughly 650 hp – a clear 200 hp gain over the standard factory-built Ford F-150 Raptor.

Mattracks – Grinding Up Snow and Powder Like Never Before

Team Hoonigan’s Ford F-150 Raptor-Trax has the added bonus of the Mattracks system.  Mattracks are wheel replacements that can be easily installed onto most trucks and SUVs.  The biggest hurdle is ensuring that the undercarriage of the vehicle has a skid plate to reduce friction.  However, once equipped with Mattracks, like in this video with a Dodge Ram going from tire to track, the truck is certainly ready to handle whatever powder comes its way. Superior handling and versatility, these track systems have been applied to everything from a Hummer H1 to an underpowered Geo Tracker with some great results.  Each one is roughly 350 lbs, as Block points out in his video.  So this is certainly a modification that requires proper lifts and certainly a trailer.  While Mattracks can be used both on and off-road, the efficiency of the truck itself suffers dearly on pavement.


Modified Off-Road Suspension A Must

Standard in the 2014 Ford F-150 Raptor SVT is a set of Fox Shox for off-road handling.  Offering something closer to independent double-wishbone suspension, the factory default for this advanced make of the Raptor line is well equipped to handle mud and muck but not so much the bump and grind of mountaineering.

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Adding aftermarket King Shocks is certainly a must.  Considered an industry leader in rugged off-road courses such as the King of Hammers competition, no truck is truly equippe