Ford Power Ranger Goes Drifting in the Snow: Freaky-Ford Friday

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Big boost from a turbocharger sticking through the hood makes this rear-drive Ranger a masterful drifter.

This week’s “Freaky-Ford Friday” video comes to us from the NHK Films YouTube channel and it features the “Power Ranger”, a mid-sized Ford pickup with a very unique forced induction setup sticking up through the hood. Evidently, this was the boosted Ranger’s first time playing in the snow, so what better way to celebrate than to do off-road donuts? We can’t think of a better way.

The Power Ranger

Sadly, there are no details on this early Ford Ranger, but it has a large portion of its exhaust system extending up through the hood. Included in that portion of the exhaust system is a Garrett turbocharger that looks to be pretty big, so this compact pickup is likely packing far more power than it did in stock form.

Ranger Turbo Close

Putting that power to the ground is a set of aftermarket wheels wrapped in low-profile rubber, and it looks as though the truck might be lowered a bit, too.

As the Power Ranger plays in the snow, the turbocharged engine sounds pretty stout, so this small truck could likely partake in some drifting fun on dry pavement, but in this video, the driver chose snow-covered grass along the side of the road.

Ranger Roadside Drift

Boost Plus Snow

In the video above, this Ford Ranger appears to be in a grassy area at the corner of an intersection of two roads. The grass is covered with snow, allowing the boosted pickup to easily drift circles around each of the trees. As the pickup slides in the snow, the driver feathers the throttle and the turbo noisily spools up until the driver lifts and the blow-off valve releases pressure with a loud hiss.

Ranger Drifting Close Front

Some people might insist that you can’t have fun with a rear-wheel-drive Ford Ranger with a boosted engine build, but this compact pickup shows that in the right conditions, these trucks are even more fun in the snow than four-wheel-drive.

Ford Mustang Snow Drift

The video ends with a newer Ford Mustang getting in on the drifting fun, driving home the positive aspects of rear-wheel-drive on a snowy day.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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