In the Philippines, one of the most off-road capable pickup trucks you can buy is the Ford Ranger Raptor. It’s been tested everywhere, and we even got behind the wheel of the updated model last month in Vietnam. Unfortunately, the Ranger Raptor isn’t offered in all markets across the world; North America is one of them.
Not one to get left behind on the fun, RTR's (Ready to Rock) Vaughn Gittin Jr. decided to make his own extreme Ranger that makes the already rugged Ranger Raptor look pale in comparison. Officially called the Ranger RTR Fun-Runner, it isn't just a show vehicle and it’s said to be capable of taking on grueling off-road events such as the King of the Hammers (KOH).
The Fun-Runner is built by RTR and is based on a standard 2020 Ranger 4x4 XLT. However, nearly all the components have been swapped out to turn it into the wild pickup you see before you. A Kibbetech suspension was fitted with an independent setup in the front and a multi-link at the rear. King Off-Road coilovers provide 15 and 18 inches of travel in the front and rear, respectively.
To further enhance the pickup’s off-road capabilities, a set of 17-inch RTR Beadlock wheels were fitted and paired with 37-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler Tires. This ensures that the pickup can go anywhere and everywhere it wants to. A new set of bumpers and widened fenders give the Fun-Runner it’s aggressive looks. Roof-mounted lights complete the exterior makeover.
The interior of the Fun-Runner was likewise been upgraded. Gone are the stock seats and in their place are Recaro Sportster seats. Possibly the most amusing feature of the cabin would be the hydraulic “drift-style” handbrake lever.
Considering that Vaughn Gittin is known for drifting and is a Formula Drift champion, it’s only fitting that his Ranger would have one. Could we see him go dune drifting next?