Ken Block takes his Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX to dizzying snow mountains with Zak Hale and Ethan Deiss
Ken Block, the king of drifting has never seized to amaze motorsport fans with his unbelievable moves on any kind of surface. The legend is back with his Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX to take on the snowy landscapes of Baldface Lodge in Nelson, British Columbia. His accomplices, well two Monster Energy snowboarding legend athletes Zak Hale and Ethan Deiss. The task was not that easy as the deep snow of Baldface Lodge could have been too difficult for a monster like Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX. That is why Ken and his Hoonigan Racing crew began modifying the suspension, chassis and drivetrain. Changes were also made to the roll cage, engine and the gearing system.
Apart from all this the vehicle was fitted with additional high-powered LED lights, fender flares, skid plate, reinforced bumper, Yakim roof basket, Recaro racing seats, cooler, snowboard racks and barbecue!
Ethan Deiss or Zak Hale who have been to the location for the first time were not sure what to expect but definitely they were scared to hell when they say Ken drive the monster truck on the narrow patched ridge at 60 mph.
In the end they got used to it and once they started pulling off their snowboarding magic along with Ken’s stupendous ability to maneuver the Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX in powdery snow, it was magical to see.
Ethan Deiss exclaimed,
It was super scary being strapped in the back of that truck, not being able to see what’s in front of you while Ken’s flying on top of mountains. All we saw were cliffs of death on both sides!
The first time we sent the truck down the mountain was ridiculous! One of the guides said that we had a 60 to 70 percent chance that the face would slide once the truck dropped in with all the weight. We tried it anyway, and it worked, but it was pretty sketchy riding down a mountain and looking over your shoulder and seeing a monster truck windshield-deep in powder, not knowing which way it was about to turn!
Zak Hale added by saying,
I was really nervous because I knew this was going to be a whole production with helis, REDs [cameras], the whole nine, and I was out of my element in the backcountry. It was insane driving in that thing ’cause Ken knows exactly what he is doing going 60 over a ridge, but in my head I was just scared shitless.
Ken Block said,
We really thought the thing through as best we could for going into the back-country and spending the day riding and shooting. We were really able to supply it with everything that we needed.
I want to keep using this thing and make it better and better so we can genuinely enjoy snowboarding in a different way. I don’t see a big industry of people going out and making these kinds of trucks, you know, where you need a cat operation to use them, but I see another option in the future to be able to go out and shuttle in the backcountry.