681-HP Chevy-Engined Ford Ranger Makes Raptors Look Tame

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It looks and sounds like nothing else.

It's hard to believe that the hardcore off-road truck in these pictures began life as a Ford Ranger Super Cab. Actually, maybe it isn't that hard to believe when you consider that not much more than the cab and parts of the frame remain from the original truck. The creation of RJ Fabrication is depicted in a new video of this drastically reimagined Ford Ranger shared by AutotopiaLA on YouTube. It took no less than four and a half years to turn this Ranger into the monster truck it is today. Powered by a big block Mk 4 Chevrolet engine, it registered 681 horsepower on an engine dyno and it sounds as mean as it looks, plus its sturdy suspension helps it perform some crazy mid-air leaps, making it one of the wildest off-roaders we've seen this year.

RJ Fabrication
RJ Fabrication
RJ Fabrication
RJ Fabrication

Dubbed the Ford Ranger Luxury Pre-Runner, Ford aficionados may notice some links to the brand's Raptor trucks from the front, but from other angles, it's difficult to tell that this was once a Ranger. It wears 39-inch BF Goodrich tires and has a side-exit exhaust, but this truck is a lot more than just a looker. Under the skin, it has Fox shocks along with coilovers and bypassers. Weighing a hefty 6,200 pounds, this truck offers 28 inches of suspension travel at the back and 20 inches in front. By comparison, the new Ford F-150 Raptor offers up to 14 inches of travel in front and 15 at the back. The Summer Brother axles are said to be "the biggest you can fit".

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RJ Fabrication
RJ Fabrication
RJ Fabrication
RJ Fabrication

The tough exterior conceals a surprisingly luxurious cabin. Finished in tan leather, there are two bucket seats that hold you in place tightly when you're flying over sand dunes at obscene speeds. A roll cage has been installed and finished in a matching color - this cage required the roof to be cut off and then welded back. We recommend scrolling ahead to the 10:55 mark in the video, where the sight and sound of this truck flying over a dirt road needs to be seen to be believed. Prior to these heroics, a law enforcement officer threatens to put a stop to the fun, but even he seems impressed by this beast. The price of this build? A jaw-dropping $350,000. Yes, that's almost six times the price of a new F-150 Raptor.

RJ Fabrication
RJ Fabrication
RJ Fabrication
AutotopiaLA/YouTube
AutotopiaLA/YouTube
AutotopiaLA/YouTube

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