There is a curious cult that has emerged in the off-road automobile fandom since Ford launched its F-150 SVT Raptor at high speed. Call it the Raptor effect, but since this factory-built all-terrain vehicle with a comfortable long-stroke suspension and macho look hit the streets (and trails), there’s been a fairly consistent streak of what if Raptors applied to a range of Blue Oval products.
As such, it’s hard to believe that after 10 years, there is still only one official Raptor available in the United States. The team of Ford Authority believes there is room for another, which is why they commissioned a cool series of renderings depicting the explorer as a protégé of Raptor. After all, getting some fresh air on the forest trails is fun with a few passengers, but it’s even better with kids screaming in joy (or maybe in terror) from the third row.
In this case, we think that an Explorer Raptor would fulfill an aesthetic role more. The rendering follows all of the guidelines necessary to create a Raptor – black grille with FORD lettering in larger-than-life relief, black bumpers at the front and rear, black trim for the fenders and rocker panels, and of course, big off-road tires. The design adds a skid plate to the front and a slight suspension of the suspension. This is actually where we see this as essentially cosmetic equipment, as a seven-seat SUV tends to get a little too heavy when you add height.
This latest fictional creation by Raptor asks us two questions. Would Ford consider building it and could buyers make one? We’d bet a billion dollars that Ford already has significant resources to answer this second question, but our gut reaction says there would be at least some people interested in a harder explorer. The fact that Ford hasn’t offered it yet, however, tells us that it probably won’t happen. This is particularly true with the new Bronco less than a month away, which will most certainly be an SUV dedicated to off-roading.
Still, it’s a good idea, and Ford Authority has a set of renderings available at the source link below showing what an Explorer Raptor might look like from different angles and in different colors.