Driving on snow can be tough enough when you're sticking to paved roads and highways. With poor visibility, slushy surfaces and plenty of hidden dangers, any type of driving taking place in the cold-weather months can be hazardous, but even those obstacles don't stop avid off-road drivers from heading out into the wilderness. Before they can truly have a fun experience behind the wheel of an off-road vehicle, however, these drivers have to make sure their rides are equipped to handle whatever comes their way.
A number of truck modifications may help accomplish this, but there are also a few concept trucks that could meet all of your winter off-roading needs. The latest to join the fray is the Ford F-150 RaptorTrax. Already billed as the "world's fastest snowcat," according to AutoBlog, this upgraded truck could be just what you need to handle off-road driving in any kind of conditions.
This custom truck is the brainchild of Ken Block, an experienced driver who has honed his skills as part of Global RallyCross events and as a part of the Hoonigan Racing family. He wanted a vehicle that could satisfy his love of racing as well as his desire to spend time in the great outdoors, particularly to participate in a few winter sports.
"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 sense to me."
Ready for snow
To handle the snow, the base Ford F-150 was outfitted with several truck mods to adapt it to winter weather. It's powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged engine and features a full roll cage, rear-mounted winch and more. Extra exterior lighting was included to help the vehicle see through the wilderness, even in the short days of winter.
One of the biggest helps in the snow will be the tires. Instead of traditional off-road wheels, this Ford boasts four Mattracks, which are sure to come in handy when crossing through deep snow drifts or climbing up slippery mountains. That change obviously isn't an easy one to make for everyday drivers, but then again, not everyone will need to battle the excessive snow that Block expects in Utah.
Block had snowboarding on the brain when he gave input regarding some of the alterations. Snowboard racks were added, as well as a roof basket for additional storage. Interior compartments have been primed to hold snacks and drinks, while an exterior stereo system is perfectly capable of blasting tunes across a mountain.
The next step
Fans of off-road driving who are curious about the Ford F-150 RaptorTrax will be able to get a glimpse of the design and capabilities in a video, which unfortunately isn't due out until after the start of next winter. However, the concept truck will be on hand at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., which are set to take place in the coming weeks.
Of course, Block will also need some time to test out the vehicle and make sure it meets the needs of sportsmen and women everywhere.
"It's an absolute beast of a machine, and I'm stoked with how it's turned out," Block said. "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."