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Ken Block’s snowmobile is a piste-eating Ford Raptor on tracks


Ken Block’s snowmobile is a piste-eating Ford Raptor on tracks

For those in search of fresh power, the simplest way to travel is via snowmobile. Just grab a buddy, your snowboard and ride to where you want to go. Simple. And snowmobiles are great fun to too. But it's not exactly what you'd call luxurious, warm or comfortable. For that, you need Ken Block's Ford F150 RaptorTRAX — the ultimate snowcat for today's winter explorers.

Block calls it, "perfect for slaying powder with some friends in the backcountry." Effectively the RaptorTRAX is a Ford F150 SVT Raptor pickup truck, only one with snowboard racks, full off-road suspension and Mattracks on all four corners. Under the hood is a Whipple supercharger, sure to up power significantly from the stock 6.2-liter V-8's 411 hp, making no slope—or boulder—too difficult to handle.

You might think a vehicle on tracks is the first of its kind, however Block fitted tracks to a Subaru WRX STI rally car back in 2009. And Mattracks are a bolt on system that can turn any vehicle into a raging snowcat, even an old motorhome.

Block is already planning a trip to the snowy "backcountry," where he'll bring a video crew to film his antics; personally, I think the RaptorTRAX would make for an awesome Gymkhana-mobile. Until then, let's enjoy the video of his tracked Subie from a few year's back. With a nice warm heater and booming stereo, Block clearly hopes to make the measly snowmobile obsolete. At least for those with hefty pockets.