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Ford Ranger Back Country "Blast"

By: Michael LevineLast Edited: 11-05-01 23:00

The Ford F-150 Supercharged Harley Davidson SuperCrew wasn't the only truck to turn heads during SEMA at the Blue Oval display. Actually the Harley truck was about as vanilla as a stock Taurus compared to the Ranger "Blast" concept on display.

Ford's idea behind the Blast is to cross the Gen-X/Y targeted Ranger Edge with the thrills of an e-ticket amusement park ride. For those too young to remember, e-tickets aren't something you buy online and this is definitely not the Bear Country Jamboree for you older folks, unless you cross Zeke, Zed, Ted, Fred, Tennessee and the rest of their ursus animatronicus cohorts with the Deliverance. You remeber the Deliverance, right? Banjo pickin', river running, back country blasting. You get the picture.

Ford Ranger Back Country "Blast"

The Ranger Blast's doors have been replaced with high strength impact beams for keeping that open air feeling along with a retractable roof and rear window.

Hands and feet should be kept inside the vehicle at all times when traveling off the beaten path with the 260hp / 300ft-lbs. 4.6-liter V8. It's definitely Thunder Mountain or bust in this truck.

Take note of one item in particular on this truck that is sure to reach production in the not too distant future on Ford trucks - all wheel drive. It's about time Ford added this feature because it sure as heck helps you hug the road like you were on a set of rails.

Grab a spot in line now for a chance to ride the Ranger Blast. Remember no cutting!

Ford Ranger Back Country "Blast"

Ford Ranger Blast Specifications

Base Vehicle
- 2001 Ford Ranger Edge
- 4.0L SOHC V6
- 5 speed automatic transmission
- 4 wheel drive

Powertrain / Exterior Features
- 4.6L V8 modular engine replacement
- Bushwacker fender flares
- Custom door beams with suicide hinges
- Back country stainless steel step bars
- Douglas Motorsports tube bumpers
- Hella Rally 4000 HD driving lights
- Velox Performance 18x10 wheels
- BF Goodrich Mud Terrain T/A Tires
- Ford Bullitt Mustang hood scoop
- Power cloth sunroof by Inalfa
- Sunroof installed by Uni-Sun
- Breezer rear window by RK Sport
- TekStyle Silhouette tonneau cover
- Billet gas cap by AMP Research
- Ravin performance mufflers / 5" tips
- Trailmaster off-road suspension kit

Interior Features
Ford Racing Technology tachometer
- Blaupunkt MP3/CD audio system
- Blaupunkt Travel Pilot navigation system
- Summit Racing harness, pedals, shift knob, center console and mirrors
- Konig Racing seats
- Custom roll bar by Douglas Motorsports
- Safecraft fire extinguisher

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