1,000 HP Ford Territory Terrorizes the Tarmac (Video)

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If this insane, turbocharged, rubber-burning Ford SUV doesn’t snap you out of your mid-life crisis, nothing will!

Let’s face it, most SUVs and crossovers are downright boring. These hot-selling shoe boxes are built to serve one purpose and one purpose only — and that’s to haul the kids and all your gear from point A to point B. That being said, tooling between soccer practice and the grocery store doesn’t have to be a mind-numbing experience. Especially if you’ve got something like this insane Ford Territory SUV.

If this Blue Oval SUV doesn’t look familiar, it’s probably because you don’t live in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, or Thailand. And even there, the Ford Falcon-based ‘ute promises to become a rarer sight after production ended last year.

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Most folks wouldn’t think of a Territory being a sleeper, but this 2008 model certainly is! Built by Australian tuner Independent Motorsports, the Territory still looks like something your average suburban mom or dad might cruise around in, but at the drag strip, it’s a 1,000-horsepower beast capable of ripping up the quarter-mile in the 9-second range.

Power comes from the original 4.0-liter inline-six, but thanks to a little turbo magic it now produces 830 ponies at the wheels. Thankfully, the bottom end was beefed-up with forged internals, so it’s still reliable enough to drive daily, which this beastly Territory reportedly is.

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We must admit, watching this thing rip off multiple low 10-second passes is quite hilarious. With virtually zero wheelspin, it’s one of the more consistent drag cars we’ve seen in a while. This video by Fullboost shows the two-ton beast eventually cracked the 9-second mark with a 9.95 e.t. Since then, the team at IMS has managed a best run of 9.87 at 147 mph.

If that isn’t enough to break you out of a boring, crossover-fueled mid-life crisis, we don’t know what will!

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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