of Clydesdales thought that the standard eight-foot bed on his pickup
truck just wasn’t enough room for all the hay he needed to haul
to feed his horses.
“The more bed you can give him the better,” said
Scott Krugger, Chrysler Senior Designer in the Advanced Exterior Studio. “One
thing they always say is they can never get enough bed.”
customers like the Clydesdale horse owner in mind, Krugger and Mark
Allen, Chief Designer of the Jeep/Dodge Truck Studios, designed the
Dodge Ram BFT, the SEMA concept vehicle that will appear at the 2007
SEMA show in Las Vegas.
“The whole idea behind the BFT is we
have the ultimate in passenger occupancy and capacity in the mega cab.
So we said ‘What if we go the other direction with that. What
if we go the ultimate in bed size’,” Krugger said.
team took a Dodge Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup truck, and replaced the
mega cab with a standard cab. That gave them room to extend the eight-foot
box out another two foot. The team also accommodated the dually setup
with a 6-in. suspension lift kit from Superlift and Alcoa’s 22.5-in.
10-lug semi wheels. The Ram BFT also features full-length polished bed
and step rails and a Mopar hood scoop. The Ram BFT is powered by a 6.7-liter
Cummins turbodiesel mated to an automatic transmission.
It all makes
for one BFT – or “big fine truck” that is “built
“Kind of the cherry on top was the Big Dog
chopper that we put on the back,” Krugger said. “Many people
can put motorcycles on the back of their truck, especially with their
said he and Allen wanted to play up the length, "with the Big
Dog chopper in the back, with the tailgate up, just to kind of show
off the length.”
of the design team was to make the Ram BFT look proportionally just
right, so that it might look like a production vehicle. “We
kind of wanted to have a little bit of mystery to it,” Krugger