2017 Ford Ranger Wildtrak is Unstoppable in the Worst Conditions: Muddy Monday
Footage puts to rest any concerns that the new Ford Ranger won’t be a great off-roader.
This week’s Muddy Monday video comes to us from the Offroad Racing Cars YouTube channel and it features a 2017 Ford Ranger Wildtrak flexing its muscles and its suspension in a series of serious off-road obstacles. This is not the exact same midsized truck that will soon be sold at North American Ford dealerships, but it is developed as part of the same Australian-based program. Because of the new Ranger’s ties to foreign markets, some people question whether it will be able to hang with the F-150 in rough conditions, but this video leaves no question that the new midsized pickup is built Ford tough.
While this video does a fine job of showing how capable the Aussie Ranger is at it tackles some pretty serious terrain, it is not a stock truck. The owner has added a two-inch lift, 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch Dick Cepek tires and an assortment of underbody protection components including an Ironman Rear Protection Bar, a Rhino Evolution Bar and Uneek4x4 Rock Sliders.
The tires and lift do improve the capabilities of this Range, but in the grand scheme of things, they are fairly minor performance upgrades while the bars and sliders just keep the undercarriage from getting destroyed by rocks and other off-road debris.
Battling the Elements
The video begins as the Ranger descends into a deep, tight ditch that is filled with mud the consistency of peanut butter. Between the mud and the high point in the center, this trench would swallow up most small trucks, but this Aussie Ford has no problem powering through to the other side.
Next, the Ranger comes to a point in the trench where it heads downhill into deeper holes, with tree roots adding obstacles to the path, but after making it to the water, the midsized Ford comfortably cruises through the water and the long expanse of mud on the other side. The truck then goes through several more mud holes in this continuing trench with ease before meeting the final obstacle.
The last challenge for this 2017 Ranger Wildtrak is a step, downhill descent with a groove running down one side and a hard lean to one side. The driver carefully negotiates the first part of the hill, careful not to smash the side of his truck against the inside of the trench. As the Ranger reaches the bottom, it shows off some suspension flex, hanging the rear wheel high in the air as the truck wiggles through the rough footing.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!