One can use many adjectives to describe Ken Block, but “boring” surely can’t be one of them. Just take a look at his latest ride, for God’s sake. Since we’re in the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere, Block wanted a toy for the mountains. And he got it: it’s called the Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX and it’s described as “the ultimate backcountry snowboard expedition vehicle.”
As it was built for Ken Block, the RaptorTRAX is also billed as the world’s fastest snowcat for backcountry snowboarding.
“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,” Block said. “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,” he added.
Based on a Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck, the RaptorTRAX was built 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 exterior-mounted Rigid Industries lighting to help guide the way.
The RaptorTRAX is motivated by a Whipple supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine and features a full roll cage, Recaro seating, full off-road suspension and four generous Mattracks.
Since we’re talking about the star of Gymkhana videos, the RaptorTRAX will obviously be featured in an upcoming video that will be released next winter. Until then, you can see the vehicle on display at Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado later this week.
By Dan Mihalascu