It's the perfect truck for the job.
Ford's current range of trucks - from the smallest Maverick to the mightiest F-450 Super Duty - have a reputation for being determined and durable. Despite their luxurious innards and SUV-like driving mannerisms, they are, after all, workhorses. It's no surprise that in many countries, trucks like the Ranger are put to work.
Used as police cars in countries with rugged terrains - such as South Africa and Australia - the Ranger also forms part of many emergency response teams across the world. The latest? A Ranger Raptor that's been converted into a fire rescue vehicle. The emergency response Ford will form part of the Helsinki City Rescue Department's fleet.
The special conversion was carried out by the Finnish arm of Arctic Trucks, a company made famous by Top Gear's Polar Special. The Icelandic company works exclusively with rugged off-road vehicles, transforming them into unstoppable overlanding machines.
The Raptor was of course chosen for its proven capabilities. The leader of the First Aid Department gets the privilege of calling this bright red Raptor his company car and can boast about, quite possibly, having the best-equipped vehicle in the fleet.
Up front, a brush guard protects the Raptor from any obstacles, on- and off-road, that it may encounter in a rapid emergency response. Once at the scene of an incident, an array of first-aid equipment can be found in the load bay which is also covered, allowing the Raptor to double as an impromptu hospital bed in urgent situations.
Managing Director of Arctic Trucks Finland, Ville Viikari, said working on the Ranger Raptor rescue vehicle was a wonderful opportunity. "[It is now] ready to save lives in the Helsinki area." Outside of the United States, the Ranger Raptor is fitted with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine with 210 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
A new Ranger Raptor is currently in development and we hope to see it stateside soon.
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