The Raptor suddenly looks a bit scrawny.
At over 250 inches long in its biggest guise, the Ford F-150 is hardly a puny truck. And, for even more hardcore off-roading, the F-150 Raptor will answer the needs of most shoppers. Ask the guys at Iceland's Arctic Trucks, though, and they'll likely scoff at the regular F-150. These 4x4 re-engineers take the world's toughest trucks and pump them up for tackling the most challenging terrain, even if that's in the deepest depths of the Arctic.
The latest beast to emerge from the team is a 2020 Ford F-150 AT44 based on the Lariat trim. The AT44 name comes from the snow tires, which - yes, you guessed it - measure an enormous 44 inches. Just what you need when venturing across frozen, unforgiving terrain.
Of course, the tires are just one of several upgrades made to the F-150. For starters, there are those equally massive fender flares, which try their utmost to contain the big wheels. These completely transform the look of the F-150 and actually make styling features like the grille and wing mirrors look almost dainty by comparison. Additional LED lights have been incorporated into the lower bumper, no doubt assisting with night-time vision in barren regions where the only other light source comes from the moon.
Arctic Trucks built the suspension, which would no doubt have to have had some serious revisions to reliably account for the tall tires. With enhanced underbody protection, it'll be less prone to damage from larger obstacles than a regular F-150.
Along the sides, bold ARCTIC TRUCKS wording and the appropriate line EXPLORE WITHOUT LIMITS are not-so-subtle hints at the monster truck's capability. There are no details about what engine is under the hood, but considering that the Lariat trim uses a 2.7-liter turbodiesel engine as standard, this could be the powertrain used here, but this is only a guess. If you're in the minority and aren't a big fan of Ford, the company also modifies Nissan and Toyota Trucks - there is even a re-engineered Lexus LX 570.
There is no word on price, but the modifications - together with shipping costs - would make getting hold of one of these trucks a mighty expensive exercise. Still, who wouldn't want one if only to pull up next to a Raptor driver and see the look on his face?