Ken Block’s Ford F-150 RaptorTrax deemed ‘world’s fastest snowcat’

From Hoonigan Racing:

Park City, UT: Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block has an all-new project: his Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX, the ultimate backcountry snowboard expedition vehicle. Block’s RaptorTRAX also happens to be the world’s fastest snowcat for backcountry snowboarding and will star in an upcoming video to be released Winter 2014/15.

“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 total sense to me. 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 for a video project due out later this year.”

Built from a Ford Racing prepared F-150 Raptor pickup truck and further enhanced 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 plenty of exterior-mounted Rigid Industries lighting to help guide the way, the RaptorTRAX is purpose-built to be the best tool possible for reaching serious backcountry powder.

In addition to the things that help make it the best for a day of riding, the RaptorTRAX has performance to back up the looks. Featuring a Whipple supercharged 6.2L V8, a full roll cage, Recaro seating and four burly Mattracks, there’s not much that can stand in its way on the mountain.

Like what you see? Stay tuned for the RaptorTRAX in action in a full video later this year, winter 2014/2015. If you can’t wait that long, you can also see it on display at Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, later this week with Monster Energy.

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A Ford Galaxie in the Baja?

This quick clip of the Mexican 1000 shows Galaxia del al Baja, a modded Ford Galaxie (obviously) that took 2nd place in the Vintage Production Class and 16th overall at last year’s event.

Who said there were limits when it came to off-roading?

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Dodge Demon vs. Ford Mustang

A Demon and a Mustang go head-to-head at the quarter mile to see which one can cross the finish line first.

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Car Enthusiasts Can Experience Hot Rod Lifestyle with 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe

From Ford:

Car enthusiasts will now be able to get behind the wheel of their own 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe through a new licensed product offering from Ford Component Sales.

Ford’s restoration parts program is now offering the body shell for the 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe. The coupe has become a symbol of one of the biggest fads of post-World War II America – the souped-up hot rod and cruising culture that exploded with returning servicemen flush with cash and technical know-how.

“With the 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe body shell, you can literally build a classic-looking hot rod, ordering Ford restoration parts right from your computer, and avoid visiting a wrecking yard,” said Dennis Mondrach, restoration licensing manager, Ford Component Sales. “The coupe body shell joins our growing list of ready-to-build stamped steel body shells, including the classic 1965-70 Mustangs and 1940 Ford Coupe.”

The Ford restoration parts program has more than 9,000 licensed parts for Ford-built vehicles, everything from the Model T to those as recent as 2007.

“Ford Racing can supply crate motors and performance products to suit any appetite,” said Mondrach. “Most of the parts needed to complete a build – including hardware, drivetrain, interior parts, even instruments with classic or customized faces – are available. You can build your car as a classic, or upgrade the components and build your own version of an icon that was part of the cruising culture in the 1950s and 1960s. You choose.”

Whenever possible, Ford uses the original tooling to make the reproduction parts; in some cases, if tooling is no longer available, new tooling is designed to the original specifications.

The 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe body shell, which premiered at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas, is stamped from new metal, and welded and assembled with state-of-the-art fixtures to maintain dimensional integrity. The finished body receives a rust-preventative coating for additional protection.

Every component manufactured by United Pacific Industries, the officially licensed supplier, is made to Ford Motor Company standards. The strict licensing process helps ensure any parts bearing the company’s official trademarks meet the quality standards and authenticity Ford classic car enthusiasts demand.

Each approved part comes with a blue-and-white sticker with the Ford logo stating it is an officially licensed restoration part. That means fit, function and appearance is as authentic as the original.

Aside from body shells, Ford Component Sales licenses replacement parts like fenders, radiators and badging to complete most Ford project vehicles. The Ford restoration parts program means gearheads can avoid spending hours searching online for rare, new/old stock parts, or wandering through scrap yards for used parts to complete a classic. Anyone who has a solid chassis can now mount a fresh sheet metal body, and get a taste of the 1950s-era hot rod culture to park in their own garage.

Accurate reproduction parts make the restoration process easier, and can be the difference between a trophy and an empty-handed trip home for enthusiasts who enjoy showing off the finished product. The Ford licensing program has been singled out for special recognition from both Mustang Club of America and Thunderbird Club of America for supplying components identical to original Ford parts.

Ford XR6 turbo runs in the 8s

Ford XR6 turbo runs in the 8s

This modified Street Ford Falcon FG XR6 gets some low boost pass down at the drag strip in Cadler Park, Australia. It’s powered b a Dyno-Mite Performance Ford Barra methanol six and boosted by a Garrett GT55 turbo.

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