Ken Block and Friends Take Full Advantage of RaptorTRAX in “Shredfest”
Treaded SVT Raptor Makes Chairlifts Obsolete
It’s hard to not be jealous of Ken Block. The man is practically a magician when it comes to car control, as can be evidenced in his legendary Gymkhana videos, in which he weaves his rally cars through impossibly narrow, complicated obstacles. Kenny B.’s latest video trades tires for treads as he shows off what’s probably the world’s coolest backcountry chairlift, the Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX.
In the video, embedded below, Block and his friends, pro snowboarders Zak Hale and Ethan Deiss, take the RaptorTRAX to Baldface Lodge in British Columbia and shred up the backcountry. Hale and Deiss take full advantage of the RaptorTRAX’s bed-mounted seating and snowboard racks to get to the top of the mountain before bombing down. The RaptorTRAX even comes in handy when the pros encounter a snowboarder’s worst nightmare: flat terrain. Towropes mounted to Block’s ride make getting through flats easy for the boarders.
Aside from the sweet boarding action, the RaptorTRAX features prominently in the video. As we’ve reported before, the RaptorTRAX trades the standard Raptor’s 35-inch tires for a set of Mattracks. It also gets a steroid shot in the way of a Whipple supercharger, and a special off-road suspension helps the Raptor soak up the snow-covered whoops in Baldface’s backcountry. It’s hard to tell who’s having more fun in the acres of virgin powder, Block or the boarders.
The video’s cool. It reminds us a ton of the snowboarding videos that used to be popular on VHS back in the ’90s, with wide shots of boarders carving perfect arcs down a massive mountain face. However, the genre has been modernized with pretty significant use of GoPro cameras. One of the coolest shots is from the GoPro mounted in the RaptorTRAX’s wheel well, showing the tracks and suspension bits doing what they do best.
For more information about the video, check out this article on our sister site TransWorld Snowboarding.
Source: Ken Block (Facebook)