Widebody Ford Raptor Coming to Tokyo
Famed Japanese tuner turns a wide, off-road beast into an even wider street fighter.
As much as we like to think of the F-150 as America’s truck, we aren’t the only ones in love with Ford’s full-size wonder. In fact, our friends in places like Germany and Asia are becoming quite obsessed with them, too. So it was only a matter of time before those folks started applying their own unique styling cues to make them their own. And it should come as no surprise that one of the most popular Japanese mods would come together with America’s favorite truck to form this, the TRA Kyoto widebody Ford Raptor.
Yes, the same company behind the famed Rocket Bunny body kits is going to make an already amazingly wide vehicle even wider. But in this case, the widebody Ford Raptor kit is part of the company’s other line, dubbed Pandem. TRA Kyoto dropped the Raptor-turned-Japanese street fighter via Facebook, where they shared these renderings. And despite the lack of details, they also announced that the truck will debut at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon in the Toyo Tires booth.
We must admit, we’re kinda digging on the look, too. The riveted bodywork lends itself well to the already aggressive lines of the Raptor. But don’t expect to use that long-travel suspension much anymore. With a lowered stance and fat front lip spoiler, ground clearance is now an issue. But we do like the fact that the attractive Toyo Tires feature aggressive tread.
Together with a simple, five-spoke wheel design, this widebody Ford Raptor looks better suited for street racing than desert jumps. And that will undoubtedly upset a large portion of the truck’s fans. But with no two-wheel drive performance options on dealership floors, is this really a bad thing? We can think of worse ways people have modified these trucks, that’s for sure. And this tough-looking widebody Ford Raptor, coupled with an off-road dedicated brother, would make the perfect pair in our garage!