Ford F-150 Supertruck Makes Raptor Seem Tame

2 hours ago by Jared Rosenholtz Trucks

If you thought the Raptor was cool, just wait.

The original Hummer H1 was an impressive vehicle but if you've ever driven one, the experience was a bit disappointing. A company called Mil-Spec Automotive made a name for itself taking original Hummers and completely overhauling them, transforming the military-based vehicle into a hand-built masterpiece. Now, Mil-Spec has turned its sights on a more modern vehicle, the 2020 Ford F-150.

Mil-Spec has just introduced its new series of high-performance trucks based on the F-150. "At Mil-Spec Automotive, our company designs always center around a deep passion for upgrading some of the world's most celebrated trucks," says co-founder Adam Mitchell.

"Our new Mil-Spec Automotive F-150 is very much an extension of our popular bespoke H1 series. As truck enthusiasts, we are always on the hunt for platforms that we can dramatically improve from a performance perspective while also offering Mil-Spec Automotive's unique aesthetic. The new Mil-Spec Automotive F-150 is very much a go anywhere, do anything supertruck."

This is a company that knows how to stuff power into a truck, having previously built Hummers with 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engines churning out over 1,000 lb-ft of torque. Rather than use the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 found in a Raptor or top trim F-150, Mil-Spec has opted to use a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 tuned to produce 500 horsepower. Not only is this 50 hp more than you get in a Raptor, but Mil-Spec has also tuned the engine so it will run on 91 octane gas.

Power isn't the only addition to this truck. Far from it. Mil-Spec has added a high-performance electric power-assisted steering wheel with magnesium paddle shifters and centerline stitching. Optionally, customers can purchase a Baja Performance Suspension Package with a variety of Fox Racing components. Designed as a Raptor alternative, the Mil-Spec F-150 offers extreme off-road performance with 11-inches of wheel travel and up to 13.5-inches of increased track width over a stock F-150. Customers who want to be even more extreme can option a Fox 3.0 F-150 Long Travel Performance Shock Package with fully adjustable coilovers and a shock kit with three-inch diameter bypass shocks, remote reservoirs, 10AN hoses, and Eibach springs.

Mil-Spec has priced the Baja Suspension Package at $6,000 and customers can also get the Baja Exterior Appearance Package to match. This appearance package is priced at $8,600 and adds a Baja Roof Rack, spare tire carrier with room for an oversized off-road wheel, and a large 39-inch LED light bar. As part of the standard Mil-Spec F-150 package, customers will get 20-inch Mil-Spec Automotive-inspired alloy wheels wrapped in 37x13.59 R20LT Nitto Ridge Grappler tires, dual exhaust tips with a black finish, and powder-coated heavy-duty side steps. Customers have a choice of four exterior colors including Agate Black, Magnetic Grey, Lead Foot Grey, and Oxford White. The interior includes leather seats, billet aluminum control knobs, and a billet number plaque.

Pricing for the Mil-Spec Ford F-150 starts at $85,000 including a donated 2020 F-150, which isn't outrageous considering you can easily option a Raptor to be more expensive. And unlike the Raptor, which is a Ford Performance product, Mil-Spec says its truck will be eligible for factory rebates.